Since I was a voice teacher in Hollywood , while I was studying with Ted, we would chat about singing and singing groups sometimes. Ted knew I was a big fan of the Hi Los and all the other great singing groups. He really like those Hi Li harmonies.
One week when I told him Yma Sumac was coming out of retirement to do a couple of shows in Hollywood and I had tickets and was going with a close friend flying in for her show, Ted was very interested in my report the last week, on what she sang etc.
I told him she still did that amazing flying vocal bird around the room thing, she was famous for in the 1950s. I asked her how she did it and she smiled and said, I have read your book, thanks for putting me in it. I laughed and asked her, did she really learn to fly her voice around in a secret temple in the jungle and she said yes.
Ted wanted to know if she told me what jungle. I told him, I asked her but she just said, its still there, if you can find it.
I asked Ted, did you study chord melody at a secret temple in the jungle and he said, yeah, the jungle in George Van Eps backyard.