If you can speak, you can sing!
May 3, 2007 2:42 AM Subscribe
posted by xanthippe to society & culture (26 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
I do a lot of hitchhiking in countries where I don't speak the language fluently. As exhausting as dictionary-aided chatting can be, the people I'm riding with often start singing local songs and ask me to take a turn; this happens particularly often where I am now, in the Tibetan regions of China. Chinese and Tibetan people both love to sing (there's a Tibetan saying: "if you can speak, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance") and hearing their traditional songs is a great pleasure that I'd like to repay, though I find myself drawing a complete blank when I'm asked to sing something myself.
So, any recommendations? American folk tunes, less-offensive pop music, campfire songs that I'll probably realize I know once my memory is jogged? I'm up for learning to sing anything except "My Heart Will Go On" (something every foreigner travelling in China will be forced to sing in a karaoke bar once, if not a dozen times).