Did a centuries-old, Swiss mountain tradition make its way into American country music? As this fascinating book reveals; yodeling is not just a Swiss thing - everyone from Central African pygmies, Nashville hunks-in-hats, avant-grade tonsil-twisters like Meredith Monk, hip-hop stars De La Soul, and pop stars like Jewel have been known to kick back and release a yodeling rDid a centuries-old, Swiss mountain tradition make its way into American country music? As this fascinating book reveals; yodeling is not just a Swiss thing - everyone from Central African pygmies, Nashville hunks-in-hats, avant-grade tonsil-twisters like Meredith Monk, hip-hop stars De La Soul, and pop stars like Jewel have been known to kick back and release a yodeling refrain. Along the way, we encounter a gallery of unique characters, ranging from the legendary, such as country singer Jimmie Rodgers, to the definitely different, including Mary Schneider 'the Australian Queen of Yodeling' who specialises in yodeling Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, and the Topp Twins, a yodeling lesbian duo who employ the sound in their songs aimed at battling homophobia. The book is both a serious study of the history of yodeling around the world and a fun look at how this unique sound has worked its way into popular culture. Yodel-Ay-Ee-Ooo promises to be a classic for fans of music and popular culture....
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Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World Reviews
This is a must read for musicologists and really, anyone who likes world history and/or world music or even just a variety of their own country's music (even if you live in India, for example). Who know that yodelling was found in so many places around the world with so many variation? Pygmies in Africa, Continental Europeans (and not just those living in the Alps), herds people in various parts of Asia and more yodel. You got it right, that epiglottal switch from chest to head voice (although in the Pygmies it is done somewhat differently) isn't restricted to the Swiss, Germans and American country music. Move over The Sound of Music and LeAann Rimes, because jazz, blues, classical and a number of other types of music share the joy (I have had a semi-secret desire to learn to yodel just for fun in the shower which led me to finding this book--I can hear my family's reaction now--"Mom, are you okay? Should we call 911?").While I found this book, for my personal interests, ranged from high interest to utter boredom, there is a plethora of information, and not just the history--info about musicians, recordings and more, from old music right on up to avante garde. One of my favourite aspects of this is how music grows as people borrow from all over the place, that you can find elements of this in a surprising number of genres. Even Weird Al has done some yodeling in a few of his parodies. And, if you're not reading the for some reading game or challenge, you can just skip around and read whatever catches your interest.Perhaps it's time to break out of your reading comfort zone and read some obscure world history.
When I just picked up the book I had the bemused grin many people have that the author was talking about in the introduction. But with the reading it disappeared and I now have a lot of appreciation and respect for this music type. It really has a very rich history and spread all over the world which makes it so special.Bart Platenga created the first yodel book. He really made a big study on yodeling going through pretty much all of the continents. I really liked the part of each chapter where he was talking about the history and types of yodeling in this particular area, but towards the end the chapter became more like an encyclopedia listing a lot of artists and their life stories. North America has about 5 chapters dedicated to it and there it seems like each chapter has less of the information part and more of the singer profiles. To me this was kind of ruining the book which is the reason I have to take a few stars away. I think this book may be perfect for a yodel enthusiast who wants to find more artists and learn about them, but for someone like me the book would have been better if the portraits were cut short and all the musician listings would be just another appendix.
An eclectic eccentric look at the art of yodeling and vignettes about its celebrated stars. I used a couple of entries for memory care story hour and was surprised people knew who they were and could name titles and sing the tunes. There is another how-to yodel book that is of more help because it has a cd and vocalizing exercises ("How to Yodel the cowboy way"), which gave me enough background to passibly sing some songs with the group at story hour, but this title was just fun to page through and get a sense of the culture and costuming.
Loaded. That's what this book is. This isn't a how-to book. This is a book that details exactly what yodelling is, where it comes from and possibly where it is going. Whether you're into pure yodels from Switzerland, cowboy yodels from the States, or my favourites from Bavaria/Tirol, this book will have you on Youtube in a flash. Don't say you weren't warned.
I wanted to like it, but it was just too much information thrown together and I found myself skimming most of the book by the time I reached the third chapter. Good reference, but not a good read.
Very interesting and readable.Shout out to my cousin Bart!