I had the pleasure of setting up a backstage tea bar at a recent performance of the long-running vocal group Manhattan Transfer.
One of the quartet’s classic hits from 1975 was Java Jive, which included this famous chorus:
I love coffee, I love tea
I love the java jive and it loves me
Coffee and tea and the java and me
A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup, a cup (boy!)
What I found from talking with these veteran singers was that, as they matured, their preferred beverage became tea rather than coffee. Before, during, and after a performance, they now look to tea to soothe their vocal chords and they love the fact that tea has less caffeine than coffee. After all, professional singers need their sleep when they’re on stage night after night.