Singing Is Good for You, According to German Scientists. Do Americans sing less than people of other countries? With the exception of Karaoke, I can't think of places where I encounter everyday Americans singing in everyday situations. Guys, especially, seem to avoid singing. Does our culture hold negative stereotypes of people who sing in their everyday lives? We could learn a lot from the Germans.
When I first read the title of the article, I thought of German beer drinking songs. Some of my dad's records from the sixties had sleeves (the thin paper cover--not the cardboard jacket) covered with advertisements for other records. On a sleeve for a Ray Charles record or a Benny Goodman record, there would be some beer drinking song records advertised. Last year, after once again having gone through some of those records, I was inspired to buy some of these albums. I got on Amazon.com and searched for German Beer Drinking Songs. There were many to choose from. Being a bit particular at times, I had to go and read reviews from all of the listed albums. I compared them, weighing what other customers thought against the appearance of the album covers (big-breasted St. Pauli Girl type covers scored big with me). Eventually, even though I had originally thought to buy one album, I settled on three CDs which, by my extensive review reading, sounded like God's gift to German beer drinkers--and it only cost me about $25.00.
Needless to say, it was a bizarre moment in my life. My mind was wrapped around a strange fantasy. Without thinking it through, I had this notion that my friends and I would get together, drink beer, cue up some German beer drinking songs, and sing away into oblivion. I saw us holding huge mugs of beer that we would swing in wide u-shapes as we would belt out the "Bier her" song or "Ein Prosit." That kind of drunken happiness had been absent in my life at the time (maybe since high school, even). Usually my friends and I would just get drunk and sit there. Surely some beer drinking songs would wake us up, I thought. We would start dancing like the dudes in some Bollywood movie or something, alive with the spice of life.