Updated: Sep 1, 2019
A part of the tea range at Arthur Dove Tea Co involves the rather quirky idea of being able to taste my music. If you wondered what that actually means then you're not the first and you'll not be the last. The idea in short was that I wanted both the music and the tea to be more than they are on their own, expanding the individual senses of sound (from the music) and the taste and touch (from a drink) into one another.
So, if you'd like to be able to taste the music then here's all you need to know. You will need a few things before we start. First, a cup of your favourite music tea (currently either Lull or Little Picture), a pair of over the ear, closed headphones and 5 minutes to put your feet up, open your ears and enjoy.
1. Put on the kettle and prepare a brew of your favourite song or tea. If the packet instructions haven't panned out for you or you can't quite get the brew right then here's a blog that can help.
2. Queue up the music. If you don't have a CD (you can only get them from me at tea parties and live events) then your best bet is either Spotify or Youtube. Load up the appropriate song on whichever device comes to hand quickest and move on.
3. Find a comfy spot. You want to be undisturbed so choose somewhere quiet where you can log out of the world, uninterrupted for a little while. Take a cushion on the floor, get snug in your favourite chair or lay down in your bed; wherever suits!
4. Crack on. Hit play, taking sips of your tea while the music plays. Notice that the taste of the tea has a certain feeling to it, it moves you in one way or another and that feeling is closely paired to what the music is doing. Allow 'taste' to gel with 'sound' more intimately. I highly recommend closing your eyes throughout.
And that's all there is to it. I'd love to know if you've tried this (you can mail me here or find me on both Instagram and Facebook @ArthurDoveTeaCo), it's the way the drink and the music were intended to be undertook, as parts of one divided whole.