by Brianna Miller January 28, 2020 4 min read 4 Comments

This past Sunday, the musical moments from last year were highlighted for one special occasion:  The Grammys.  Music has been a timeless tradition, with many styles and productions. Artists of different backgrounds bring fans together with their creations. This connects to another form that resonates closely with us: tea. With many blends to choose from and savor, there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Let’s take a look at the styles and sounds honored this past weekend at the Grammys. Enjoy the musical notes with a masterful blend, which are paired based on the qualities and craft of the cup. 


Pop:

2019 proved to be an incredible year for pop music. Taylor Swift released a much-anticipated collection of light, fun, and bubbly anthems in  "Lover",  while Lizzo and Ariana Grande channeled new, electro/dance rhythms, becoming powerhouses with lyrics about femininity and luxuries. Rosalia incorporated Spanish culture and style in her music, while we were introduced to Billie Eilish, both of whom claimed awards at the Grammy’s. Eilish made her debut, as an infectious bundle of energy, calling our attention in the album “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”  The men in the lead include Shawn Mendes, Khalid, Harry Styles and The Jonas Brothers, who provided new material with a flair of rock. This type of music encourages fans to dream and feel the beat!

The best blends with this genre would be anything with a bright and fruity focus, such as  Blueberry Green,  Cranberry, or  Green Tea with Coconut  from our HT tea blends. These flavors are lively and engaging, and will keep you dancing to the beat. 

Alternative:

The soft, romantic hymns of alternative music are great additions to a calm playlist, and can most often be heard throughout cafes and book nooks. Bon Iver, the band known for creating authentic arrangements using a multitude of instruments, released  "I,I" , an album full of indie fusions such as “Hey Ma”. In addition, James Blake crafted a multi-genre mix of up-beat sounds,  Assume Form,  which is a tangent away from his past work. Along with them stand Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend, and Big Thief. All artists sing with true emotion, as the rustic, unique sounds chime in. 

As you listen, pair the music with Harney Teas such as  Chill  fromThe Hemp Division ,  Chocolate and Mint,  Paris, or  Vanilla Comoro.Each flavor is toasty and inviting, and would complement the alternative tunes.  

Rap:

Rap music has emerged into a bold and active sound. Whether alone or in a group, performers prove to get the crowd roaring with new energy. J.Cole offered his expertise in his single “Middle Child”, as well as part of the ensemble called Dreamville. We were also introduced to Lil Nas X, as he provided catchy choruses that became instant hits. In addition, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, YBN Cordae, Brockhampton, and Tyler The Creator (who won his first Grammy for "IGOR") paved the way with the release of new albums. 

To keep the lively energy going while you sing along, select an exciting Harney blend. Once brewed, our  Indigo Punch or  Matcha teas have a sharp, invigorating color that catches your eye. The flavors differ, but the outlook and presence call your attention, similar to rap music.

 

R&B:

Combining elements of pop, soul, hip-hop, and electronic music, this genre provides one exceptional sound. This trend has made artists evolve into their own. Newcomer Lucky Daye kept it cool as he made his debut on Painted.  In addition, artists like Daniel Caesar, PJ Morton, H.E.R, and B.J The Chicago Kid granted soulful tracks with different rhythmic elements that produce a steady style.

As the songs begin, choose a tea-blend that’s cool and collected.  Darjeeling,   Earl Grey Supreme, or  English Breakfast, all from  the Classic Collection, are black teas that have connected with tea drinkers since the start. By including essential and subtle additions in the blend, such as lemon and honey, we honor the traditional style of the tea by designing a custom rendition. R&B replicates this in their music, as various genres come together to transform an older sound.

Country:

This genre is no stranger to the Grammys, as icons and greats have granted hits for years, with a touch of southern detail and folky, rock sounds. Trailblazers in this wave include Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, and Tanya Tucker. Each artist released new material that caught the hearts and dancing-feet of fans. The groups that rose above the rest were Dan and Shay, Brooks and Dunn, The Highwomen, Little Big Town, and Brothers Osborn. 

The tea blend that would compliment country music are  Peaches and Ginger or  Hot Cinnamon Spice. The duality of peaches and ginger make for an interesting blend, the perfect amount of sweetness and spice. HCS includes orange peels with three types of cinnamon to send a wave through your tastebuds. Also,  Black Currant, with berry flavor, makes perfect sweet tea that’s delicious hot or iced! You’ll be crooning all night long!

 

By adding Harney Teas to your listening experience, you can enjoy the evolution of two timeless traditions: tea and music. In addition, take a look at our  playlists on Spotify  that are best enjoyed in the summer breeze or to warm up during the winter months. (Can we get a standing ovation for “Blueberry Mojito Mood”?!)

Brianna Miller
Brianna Miller


4 Responses

Judy Jones
Judy Jones

April 27, 2020

R & B and Country are the backbones of my music with many others as the mood fits… and My tea choices seem to follow right along with the matches.

Cindy A.
Cindy A.

February 06, 2020

I agree. I always listen to classical music when I have tea. Baroque tends to be my go-to choice, but other composers have been known to join in the mix. Only recognized a couple of the seasoned “artists” mentioned here. I’m obviously, and thankfully, behind the times.

Eileen Cupp
Eileen Cupp

February 06, 2020

I Have a new love, it is Harney teas. I am so looking forward to trying many wonderful new flavors this year. I have always loved tea but your teas are tantalizing and lovely to sip.

Joseph J. Minarik
Joseph J. Minarik

January 28, 2020

Tea definitely goes best with the classics, however. Try Chopin’s Nocturnes with an evening cup of Formosa Oolong. Either Artur Rubinstein or Maria Joao Pires (neither is new) are a perfect fit. For a brisk morning brew (perhaps Russian Country), use Rubinstein’s Chopin Ballades or Scherzos (Number Three is my favorite).

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