Saturday, April 28, 2012

Y is for... Yodeling

How's my mental health today?

Today is shaping up to be a busy day. I don't have time to analyze how I'm doing?

A to Z is almost done - one more post after this one.

Y is for yodeling. My parents had some records of yodeling when I was a kid and it was fascinating to listen to, especially when the singer was in a location where echoes could be heard.

According to yodeling is to sing so that the voice fluctuates rapidly between the chest voice and falsetto. This style of singing is apparently used in many cultures. It's a style that's not appreciated by everyone.

In 2010 an Austrian man was fined for yodeling while he was mowing his lawn. His Muslim neighbours accused the 63 year old man of trying to mock and imitate the call of the muezzin. They were in the middle of their prayers when the yodeling began. The man was fined 800 Euro because the judges ruled that he could have been trying to offend and ridicule his neighbours.

Yodeling even made it into country and western music.

      “I can't stand to sing the same song the same way two nights in succession, let alone two years or ten years. If you can, then it ain't music, it's close-order drill or exercise or yodeling or something, not music.”
Billie Holiday


  1. I've heard yodeling I thought was silly or contrived and I've heard yodeling I really enjoyed, that lifted the spirit.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead

  2. I had a teacher that was a yodeler! I loved her and her talent! Stopping by A-Z Challenge!