Monday, April 29, 2013

Y-Z Posts: Yodeling, part 1



Music comes down from the tall Alpine mountain, echoing through the valleys, and into the villages that dot the valley floor.  Vigorous and melodic, the music continues for miles.

Yodeling is a form of singing that exists in countries worldwide.  It started as a forming of ‘yelling’ for lack of a better word.  The word ‘yodel’ came from a German Bavaria word jodeln, with the jo given the yo sound. 

per Wikipedia

It was a way of communicating through long distances in the Alpine valleys, since the high-low-high-low sound bounces around and off the rocks.  Think of riding in a school bus, and you can see how the yodel would travel through the valley.


The letter Y is for “yodeling”.  Can you think what Z will bring?

31 comments:

  1. Hmmm ZZ Top? And won't find any yodeling here i fear haha

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    1. I love ZZ Top, but that won't be here tomorrow. No yodeling CDs in your house? It would drive your cats crazy.

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  2. you made me remember how, frank used to yodel when i first met him :)

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    1. He did? Can he still hit those notes?

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  3. Hmmm....zither? zipper? zip line? zigzag?

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    1. Good guesses all. Any yodelers in Ontario?

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  4. You bring back memories, very old memories, of Europe. I have no idea what Z will bring and I bet you will not know what my Z will be either. I have loved your A to Z, you are so creative and I admire your ability to express so much in so few words.

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    1. Yodeling appears to be throughout northern Europe. The sounds would definitely carry.

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  5. When I was a kid and watched all those cowboy programs, I so wanted to yodel. I think now what a hit I would be at parties with that talent.

    You have come up with such interesting words for this challenge, I dare not guess.

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    1. Me, too. Was it Roy Rogers? The cowboys were always sitting around a campfire, and one would start yodeling...

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  6. Yodeling is so cool...for about 30 seconds. That my ears bleed a little.

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    1. YES! About 30 seconds is enough, isn't it!

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  7. Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Little old lady.
    Little old lady who?
    I didn't know you could yodel.

    I expect that will be the low point for your day.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting
    Life in the Urban Forest (my poetry blog)

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  8. Not sure my ear drums could stand being close to a yodeler

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    1. Especially not the guy above, who really LOVES yodeling.

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  9. I've had lots of yelling - I mean yodeling practice. I also wrote about yodeling today. Great minds do yodel together!

    Julie

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  10. Someone else posted about yodeling today. He said The Lion Sleeps Tonight was the most famous yodeling song.

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  11. Hmmm. yodeling in ZURICH, perhaps?

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  12. I love yodeling and might do it when no one is listening. :)

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  13. Susan
    Yodeling is kind of fun to listen to in the right atmosphere, as skiing in the mountains.

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  14. You would be well within your rights if you carved out a few zeds tomorrow, but am certain that you are much more inventive than that.

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  15. Great post on the history of yodeling, Susan. No idea what Z will bring, but I'm sure it will be good.


    Silvia @ Silvia Writes

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  16. It seems funny to think of yodeling in the US, but completely reasonable and charming in the Swiss Alps. Thanks for all your comments and visits during the challenge! Good luck at the finish line...I'll be back to see your Z word.

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  17. Wonder how many takes he had to do in the studio to yodel that way!

    Chontali Kirk
    chontalikirk.blogspot.com

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  18. Listening to yodeling is on par with listening to an auctioneer. Don't know how they do that, but it's quite a unique talent!

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  19. It must be so exciting to hear real yodeling up in the mountains!

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!