Tea Music for Cozy Afternoons
Andreea Macoveiciuc | On 27, Jan 2014
Summer’s warmth is no good without the cold of winter to give it sweetness, someone said. And I don’t know about you, but I love going outside during cold days, especially if it’s very early in the morning, as it always feels like the entire city is mine, and for some reason it reminds me of Dodie Smith’s “I capture the castle”.
Still, the freezing temperatures these days are a bit too much even for me, so a cup of hot roiboos tea before starting the work is more than welcome. Sounds like music to your ears? Well what if I told you that you can actually listen to tea music while enjoying your favorite beverage?
Tea-inspired tunes are one of the best choices for creating a cozy ambient when you need to relax, calm your mind and refresh your body, as just like the various tea assortments, these vocal and instrumental songs are a delight to your senses. So before we move on, press the start button and enjoy this suave and calming tea song.
You might be tempted to think that tea music was invented by British people, since the first afternoon tea event was held in England, in the 1800s. Legend says the Duchess of Bedford had the habit of asking for tea and cookies to be sent to her room, between lunch and supper. Initially she used to enjoy her dessert and hot beverage alone, but after a while she started inviting friends to join her, and this is how the tradition of the afternoon tea started in the English society.
Other social hostesses adopted the Duchess’ habit and soon this tradition turned into a very popular social event, afternoon tea parties being organized not only as leisure time activities, but also for baby showers, for marking the engagement or another important event in one’s life, for Mother’s Day and so on.
Tea music was a must at these parties, just like the typical décor. Although there was enough room for creativity, most of the times the hosts would pick tea-inspired tunes like “Cha Tsumi” (“All about tea”), a classical Japanese song.
Tradition says these tunes were first sung by tea pluckers while plucking the fresh tea leaves from the bushes. So it wasn’t the English people who invented the tea music, but Asians, such songs being created to keep their energy and spirits up while doing the repetitive plucking movements.
Here’s a nice interpretation of Cha Tsumi:
Although nowadays we rarely have time for the 5 o’clock tea, we can still listen to these beautiful tunes while our tea steeps. Or if you’re into more modern sounds, you can opt for cha-songs dating from the 17th, 19th or 20th centuries, such as “Tea for Two”. This is probably one of the most famous examples of tea music, and has a long history behind it, being sung for the first time in 1925, in the Broadway musical “No, No Nanette!”.
Here’s the song in the original orchestration:
And here’s the inviting version of Andre Rieu’s orchestra:
Isn’t this song just as delicious, entertaining and tempting as a cup of freshly brewed, hot tea? Don’t tell me you’re still sitting in your chair!
There are lots of other stimulating and relaxing tea tunes online, such as this tea music album for example, which includes the marvelous “Tea for Two” and other songs that will make you dance with the teapot in your hands! To mention just a few: “Do Re Mi” from “The Sound of Music”, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me”.
Obviously, you can opt for other styles as well, but if you’re holding a themed party and want to create a genuine atmosphere, I’d suggest to stick with these classical tunes, even if they’re not exactly your cup of tea.
Speaking of tea, these songs make excellent presents for tea lovers, and with all the recordings and blends available out there, you can always find some tea music to satisfy your friends’ taste, whether they prefer jazz, classical or new-age approaches.
With such inspiring and lively music, it’s pure pleasure to pour another cup of tea and enjoy its sublime taste while watching the snow falling. Or maybe just a half a drink more, ‘cause baby it’s cold outside!