You just never know what you'll find featured in the new Upton Tea Quarterly. The Winter issue landed in my mailbox this week, and I was intrigued by the title "Tea and the Pipe Organ." I couldn't help thinking of my tea-lover friend Joy, who is a church organist, when I saw this article.
The piece tells about a man who has been restoring, maintaining, and building pipe organs for more than 50 years and how his business became a success by focusing on quality. It also discusses the quest for "concert hall sound" in a home sound system, all of which I found intriguing, but I kept thinking, "What does this have to do with tea?" The writer—and there's no byline on the article, so it's unclear who that is—soon got to it with this: "Besides the freedom to enjoy music at any time of day, a home sound system accommodates personal preferences that are impractical with most public performances. For the writer, that personal preference includes the combined tea and music experience."
The writer goes on to say, "Good music, accompanied by a great cup of tea, has been a passion of mine for roughly half a century. My interest in music spawned in the 1960s, about the same time that I became interested in tea."
The discussion of good music was a welcome subject and took me back to all those enjoyable Music Appreciation classes in college. I found the article a departure from the usual feature story in the Upton Tea Quarterly, but I quite enjoyed reading about quality organs and quality tea! If you'd like to read the article for yourself, click here.