Without a microphone, that is. It just occurred to me today that I have never, ever, heard someone sing without a mike. I grew up in a very musical family, and in an ethnic culture with a rich musical tradition, and I have sung all my life. Children’s Choirs, Youth Choirs, Junior High and High School Musicals, College Choir, Barbershop Quartets, you name it, I’ve sung it. And today I was singing softly to my daughter while I was helping her “swim” in the pool (she’s not even two, so she basically grabs on to my arm and I pull her around.) Anyway, a Taiwanese man asked me if I was talking to her or singing. (As I said, I was singing softly to her - she was the only one who could really hear me.) I told him that I was singing and he said “How strange! Why do you want to sing to her?” I told him that kids love singing, and that it calms her and makes her feel good. He said that Taiwanese don’t like singing. I said “What about KTV?” He said that’s different - there’s a microphone and people can make some noise. Taiwanese men never sing to their children.
So that got me thinking, and I just realized that I’ve never heard people sing without a mike, which I think is pretty sad. Have you?
Edit: I have heard aboriginal people - the “Zhou” tribe in the Jiayi area sing, and they were pretty into it. But the observation still applies to the non-aboriginal population, I think.