Can I offer you a cup of tea?
These words sound to us TEA LOVERS as music to our ears. Just as music can seem like sounds related to the infusion of our favorite drink.
Già Lu Yu in the 8th century wrote:
“[…] as for boiling, water with bubbles such as first eyes and weak sound is considered the first boiling. The one in which the bubbles seem to chat and, similar to pearls of a necklace, gather along the edge of the container as in a bubbling spring is considered second boil. The one similar to maroous that mounts and waves that break and resonates in a jargon is considered the third boil. After the third boil, the water ages and you can no longer drink it.”
In the East, the link between tea and music has always been very strong and has been nourished over the centuries not only by the beauty of this extraordinary leaf, but also by the work and life of the foragers.
In our day and in our latitudes tea is the protagonist of many songs by English-speaking artists. Perhaps the most famous is “Tea in the Sahara” by the Police. It was inspired by Sting reading Paul Bowles’ novel “The Shertering Sky” and tells the story of three sisters who invite a prince to join them for desert tea but unfortunately the prince never arrives.
Another song, perhaps not known as the title but with a famous melody is “Tea for Two” by Doris Day; a kind of declaration of love in which a young man promises happiness to his beloved by imagining a carefree life in a country cottage, sipping tea, raising a family and spending his life together.
Music not only describes the beauty and joy transmitted by tea but also a perfect complement to making the tasting a magical moment. From classic to ambient, passing also through rock or dub. There is no perfect melody, there is only one that harmonizes with you and your tea!