anytime i'm drinking around the house, i've got the tunes on, usually ambient grooves. if i'm drinking and driving
, i like more up-tempo, hypnotic stuff. generally, i just want whatever music is going to reflect and complement the effect of the tea - meaningfully stimulating in a relaxing way. i feel like jazz and tea would be sweet together, but i haven't really gone down that road.
right now, talking heads sans tea, though i did start the day by finishing that old Sikkim and having my standard tuo cha.
as for the tea ceemony
, i like the deconstructionism inherent in tanaka's exposition of the history of the ceremony. although you don't really get definitive answers, you get some idea of how different people thought about, experienced, and expressed themselves through tea, which i think is an enlightening exercise.