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Music in the Kitchen?

cstout Dec 25, 2011 07:36 PM

I don't know about you, but I like to listen to music sometime while I am puttering in the kitchen. I am getting kinda tired of the same old stuff though. What are you listening to or is music even important to you as you whip up a meal?

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    OnkleWillie RE: cstout Dec 25, 2011 09:07 PM

    I try to have music on during all my waking hours although I am frequently over ruled. My tastes run to pretty much anything before Pearl Harbor plus dixieland.

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      cstout RE: OnkleWillie Dec 26, 2011 05:43 AM

      Hi OnkleWille, do you have a particular CD that is special or a particular singer that you prefer?

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        OnkleWillie RE: cstout Dec 26, 2011 09:19 PM

        The CDs I have listened to most lately are a couple I made up myself:

        “The Best of the ‘30s” This is a mix of my favorites from the following outfits:
        Artie Shaw
        Casa Loma
        McKinney’s Cotton Pickers
        Bunny Berigan
        Benny Goodman
        Bob Crosby’s Bobcats
        Benny Moton
        Tommy Dorsey

        The second is “The Best of McKinney’s Cotton Pickers”. Again, my favorites from their recordings.

        I’ve also been playing some cuts from my Bunny Berigan collection. The frau is more tolerant of these.

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          cstout RE: OnkleWillie Dec 27, 2011 06:03 AM

          OnkleWill, you tell Miss Frau, that she just does not have an ear for good music..so many vibrations & feelings when music is playing....even the pot plants seem to be more alive!!

          I have copied your list & stored it on my computer in a document called "Tidbits & Treasures". Books, music , recipes, ideas, quotes, short stories, whatever. This evening I will go on Youtube & see if I can find some of these people to listen to...I am looking forward to a wonderful evening, thanks to you. Oh heck, things can wait, I will just take a peek & listen to a couple of them.....yeah right.

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            njmarshall55 RE: OnkleWillie Mar 20, 2012 01:17 PM

            Bravo!!! Bravo!!!

      2. letsindulge RE: cstout Dec 25, 2011 09:16 PM

        The music I listen to in work kitchens are classic rock, or raggaeton. It's a know fact that the Latino culture is represented well in the food service biz therefore the reggaeton. At home it's classic rock, R & B, or alternative rock.

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          cstout RE: letsindulge Dec 26, 2011 05:45 AM

          letsindulge, I enjoy R & B too, but then again, I like it all - well most of it...can't stand the Rap stuff, guess I am way too old for that stuff!!

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            letsindulge RE: cstout Dec 26, 2011 09:15 AM

            +1 on Gangsta Rap. It irks me.

        2. iL Divo RE: cstout Dec 25, 2011 09:29 PM

          2 completely different types of music that liven me up a hundred fold in the kitchen.
          cd: Phantom of the Opera
          cd: Live at the Acropolis

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            cstout RE: iL Divo Dec 26, 2011 05:46 AM

            Ah yes, I never get tired of the Phantom cd. Love it, love it.

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              BlueMagic RE: iL Divo Dec 26, 2011 06:04 AM

              I always have music playing when I am cooking..or doing just about anything else around the house. Phantom is one of my favorites.
              Also..listening to Jazz while putting together a romantic dinner for two is inspiring and really sets a mood.

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                cstout RE: BlueMagic Dec 26, 2011 07:40 AM

                BlueMagic, what a wonderful combination - jazz & romance in the kitchen!!!!!!!!!

            2. caseyjo RE: cstout Dec 26, 2011 06:50 AM

              I like to listen to All Songs Considered on NPR. Great interviews, plus you can find out about great new music (and new things about old music). Full disclosure, though, I really like the types of indie music often featured on NPR.

              I also like to put on a Pandora station (works best if your computer or iPhone is connected to good speakers).

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                iL Divo RE: caseyjo Dec 26, 2011 07:17 AM

                I got the Pandora app but have never tried it.

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                  iL Divo RE: iL Divo Oct 3, 2012 07:24 AM

                  friend told me about iheartradio
                  really enjoy it plus got it figured out ;:-/

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                  letsindulge RE: caseyjo Dec 26, 2011 09:12 AM

                  +1 on Pandora.

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                  igorm RE: cstout Dec 26, 2011 10:17 AM

                  I like to listen to classical country and western music while I cook.

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                    cstout RE: igorm Dec 26, 2011 10:39 AM

                    igorm, I like the classical country & western when I am preparing something for a bar b que...just sorta sets the free spirit of the day.

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                    HillJ RE: cstout Dec 27, 2011 05:41 PM

                    we have a laptop dedicated to menus/recipes/food articles in the kitchen and we stream Paradise Radio thru it for music mix or just run our iTunes collection.

                    1. Terrie H. RE: cstout Dec 27, 2011 05:54 PM

                      Want to give another rec for Pandora. I've made my own mixes depending on what tickles my fanciy at the moment. I've just started to venture into Wolfgang's Vault.

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                        HillJ RE: Terrie H. Dec 27, 2011 06:16 PM

                        Terrie, my son is a huge fan of the Wolfgang's Vault inventory. As a collector, he's found the archives to be fascinating. The musical gems are a hoot...especially if you actually attended a few of those historical concerts (as my dh and I have). Enjoy the site!

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                          Terrie H. RE: HillJ Dec 27, 2011 06:20 PM

                          Just don't tell anyone that a few things have been too toasted because I was dancing around the kitchen... :))

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                            HillJ RE: Terrie H. Dec 27, 2011 06:28 PM

                            Oh that's funny!

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                              cstout RE: Terrie H. Dec 27, 2011 06:35 PM

                              Dancing 'round the kitchen adds so much more flavor to the food & no one will ever notice the "too toasted" problem.

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                                goodhealthgourmet RE: cstout Dec 27, 2011 06:40 PM

                                being too toasted was often the *reason* i could be found dancing around the kitchen ;)

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                                  Terrie H. RE: goodhealthgourmet Dec 27, 2011 06:45 PM

                                  That too... ;op

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                                    cstout RE: goodhealthgourmet Dec 27, 2011 07:14 PM

                                    To toast or not to toast...that is the question??? Wait a minute...to toast or be toasted that is the real question.

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                            1. BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: cstout Dec 27, 2011 06:53 PM

                              When I have the radio on it is booming hard rock - Metallica, AC/DC, Megadeath, Disturbed, Godsmack, Scorpions, etc..or it may be dance / house music. On rare occasions it may be on a classical station. Just depends on my mood.

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                                cstout RE: BIGGUNDOCTOR Dec 27, 2011 07:13 PM

                                You go for it...what in the world are you doing in there with all that stuff blaring is what I'd like to know?

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                                  BIGGUNDOCTOR RE: cstout Dec 28, 2011 08:00 PM

                                  Some days I just need to let it all out. Some days the energy, and rhythm just help me get it done. It just helps me blank out everything else, so I can focus on what I am making.

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                                beevod RE: cstout Dec 29, 2011 07:50 AM

                                Bach, Mozart and Jussi Bjorling singing arias and songs.

                                1. livetocook RE: cstout Dec 29, 2011 01:23 PM

                                  I always have the radio on in the kitchen. It's usually to a local modern rock station. It plays Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Mumford and Sons, Tegan and Sarah, Rage against the Machine, Nirvana, etc. I love all sorts of music (except country and the really heavy gangster rap) and would probably try everything and anything while I cook. Bu,t for every day it's modern rock.

                                  1. Terrie H. RE: cstout Dec 31, 2011 07:44 PM

                                    Serious music in the kitchen tonight. Or should that be Sirius?! Live Little Feat from the new Filmore in Silver Spring, MD. Since I couldn't be there, I was happy to be dancing while I cooked on the Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville channel. Feats don't fail me now....

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                                      HillJ RE: cstout Mar 20, 2012 01:13 PM

                                      Lately, The Black Keys, Band of Skulls and the laundry list of clouds avail here:

                                      1. njmarshall55 RE: cstout Mar 20, 2012 01:20 PM

                                        Eclectic mix...OLDIES (pre ww 2), jazz, classical, gregorian chants...just nothing too loud or assaulting.

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                                          elenacampana RE: cstout Apr 13, 2012 10:39 AM

                                          Depends on what I'm up to in the kitchen:

                                          Chopping piles of vegies - Bach
                                          Washing dishes - Motown, Ry Cooder,
                                          Icing a cake or messing with fancy pastry - Mozart
                                          Studying a difficult recipe - Brahms
                                          Picking at leftovers late at night when no one's around - Bill Evans, or just humming
                                          Cooking with friends - anything Jobim

                                          But maybe the next week they all switch places!

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                                            BackBite RE: cstout Apr 13, 2012 12:01 PM

                                            Slacker Radio streaming, usually either Traditional Blues, 80's Alternatives, or One Hit Wonders/Songs You Forgot You Loved are my stations.

                                            Was obsessed with the new Alabama Shakes CD that came out last week on iTunes and had that hooked into the stereo throu the iPad.

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                                              cstout RE: BackBite Apr 13, 2012 12:09 PM

                                              Slacker Radio streaming...hmm, have never heard of it...will google it right now. You mentioned my kind of music.

                                            2. Chinon00 RE: cstout Apr 13, 2012 12:07 PM

                                              We have a little flat screen TV in the kitchen. Can't remember what it was like without it. I like watching my political shows and documentaries while cooking. Has a music stations too. I typically go to the jazz channel.

                                              1. ChefJune RE: cstout Apr 13, 2012 01:23 PM

                                                I listen to Jazz while I cook, whether alone or teaching a class. Sometimes I just put on WBGO 88,3FM (wbgo.org) or favorite cd's. Joe Williams is my #1 to listen to, but there are others.

                                                1. sunshine842 RE: cstout Oct 2, 2012 09:08 AM

                                                  I have a good Bluetooth speaker in the kitchen that I link to my laptop...Spotify then keeps the mood music running...

                                                  ...if I access my library of tunes, I can range from Pavarotti to Peter, Paul, and Mary to the Talking Heads to Jimmy Buffett to Rush....and even I never know what's going to be playing until I click onto the computer to see what looks interesting.

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                                                    Maggie19 RE: cstout Oct 2, 2012 09:08 AM

                                                    HDtracks or Pandora Hi Rez but vinyl still sounds the best -- Steely Dan - The Dead - Bruce - Little Feat - Warren Zevon - Jayhawks - Beatles - Stones - The Who.

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                                                      HillJ RE: cstout Jun 4, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                      Since discovering Spotify our kitchen has an endless run of tunes.

                                                      Of late music by:

                                                      The Shins
                                                      Maroon 5's latest
                                                      Nada Surf
                                                      The Thermals
                                                      The soundtrack from Shameless

                                                      I can't stump the great Spotify jukebox..in a good way!

                                                      What's on your virtual kitchen turntable lately?

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                                                        EM23 RE: HillJ Jun 5, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                        The Shins are great! What is Shameless?
                                                        I'm glad that you revived this thread. I love learning what others are listening to - it's a great way to discover new music.

                                                        I make playlists of what I feel like listening to from my ITunes library and then play them when I’m making dinner. The one I’ve been playing lately includes - Hank Williams, Arctic Monkeys, Bettye LaVette, Radiohead, Paul Weller, Kasabian, Judy Garland, Gang of Four, Nick Cave, Joe Strummer, Joy Division, Chet Baker, Syl Sylvain, Kay Starr, Carmel, Sweet, X-Ray Spex, Bobby Womack and the Book of Mormon soundtrack. I usually listen to the Alternate Side in the morning, except on weekends when I listen to the Irish traditional music programs.

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                                                          HillJ RE: EM23 Jun 5, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                          Me too. The Showtime series, Shameless. Spotify has the entire soundtrack from the series and 90% of the music on it is fantastic (to my ears anyway). I tend to really enjoy tv and documentary soundtracks because the variety leads to new music I haven't sampled before. I just watched the roc doc about gig poster artists and in the process learned about 4 new groups.

                                                          I revived the thread because it's summer, we tend to play our own music late in the night and our annual family picnic we attend each July requires us to supply the music this year-I'm surfing for recommendations!!

                                                          Love your list!

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                                                            EM23 RE: HillJ Jun 5, 2013 02:06 PM

                                                            If you like variety, you might enjoy American Routes on NPR (Sunday nights at 6pm) – a GREAT program! It is hosted by a Tulane anthropology and history professor and features music, American cultural history and interviews with both musicians and locals. Each week is a different theme – sometimes the music of a famous artist, and all the covers of their music by others; or “river” music, where it is all songs about rivers. The playlists include music from the start of recorded American music to the present. It has become my Sunday dinner-cooking music. http://americanroutes.wwno.org/

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                                                              HillJ RE: EM23 Jun 5, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                              This is right up my alley, thanks EM23. NPR has so many different music "pockets" to it ...just when I think I'm familiar with the lot...well, that's music for you-always a surprise around the corner. Awesome.

                                                              eta: I'm listening now to the archived show from The Black Keys.

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                                                                EM23 RE: HillJ Jun 6, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                You're welcome, J. I just discovered it recently myself. I'm enjoying the music and cultural history insights with my Sunday dinners.

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                                                                  HillJ RE: EM23 Jun 6, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                  Can't get this one out of my head!!

                                                                  from the live room streaming in my kitchen right now:

                                                                  What menu goes with a female power singer?

                                                      2. Beach Chick RE: cstout Jun 4, 2013 06:20 PM

                                                        70's music chick.

                                                        Steely Dan
                                                        Van Morrison
                                                        Tony Bennett
                                                        Led Zep
                                                        Bob Marley
                                                        My beloved Don Henley
                                                        Al Green/John Legend/Lenny Kravitz
                                                        Bad Company/CCR
                                                        Hall and Oates

                                                        Loving the van sessions vids from Nicki and the Gramblers

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                                                          HillJ RE: Beach Chick Jun 4, 2013 07:14 PM

                                                          All that rumbling in the van doesn't mess with your eyes? lol...
                                                          this one's a bit steadier...since you're a H&O fan :)

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                                                            Beach Chick RE: HillJ Jun 4, 2013 08:41 PM

                                                            Love the H&O cover they do!


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                                                            EM23 RE: Beach Chick Jun 5, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                            <70's music chick.>
                                                            And swinging 20 years in opposite directions to embrace the great T. Bennett and Nirvana!

                                                          3. viperlush RE: cstout Jun 4, 2013 07:50 PM

                                                            I will put in the earbuds and listen to the Black Keys to drown out my shouting roommate or chatting neighbors.

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                                                              HillJ RE: viperlush Jun 4, 2013 07:52 PM

                                                              Good choice, viperl.

                                                            2. PotatoHouse RE: cstout Jun 5, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                              I always have music on my portable stereo/CD player that sits on top of my fridge. I listen to Tropical Rock. Jimmy Buffett, Eric Stone, The Boat Drunks, Kelly McGuire, Howard Livingston, Club Trini, K.D. Moore, Fingers Taylor, Mark Mulligan, etc.

                                                              1. fldhkybnva RE: cstout Jun 5, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                While not really religious, I like to belt it out to Gospel. It seems to always lift the spirits some how.

                                                                1. ttoommyy RE: cstout Jun 5, 2013 12:09 PM

                                                                  Classic 80s alternative all the way. Siouxsie, The Smiths, Soft Cell, New Order, Human League, X, The Furs, etc., etc., etc.

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                                                                    HillJ RE: ttoommyy Jun 5, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                                    Thanks for the list, tto. Our annual family picnic (93 people in attendance this year) is an 80's theme and my family *unit* is in charge of music selection.

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                                                                      EM23 RE: ttoommyy Jun 5, 2013 01:58 PM

                                                                      I have seen four of the seven you listed, with the Furs at least 10 times:)

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                                                                        ttoommyy RE: EM23 Jun 5, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                        I saw The Furs about 4 times and spent the afternoon "with them" once when they did an in-store signing for the album Forever Now at a local Discomat (record store chain). Basically, I just hung out near and around the table where they were sitting for the few hours they were there like a creepy stalker type. :)

                                                                        Out of that list, i also saw X, Human League and Siouxsie and the Banshees twice; once with Robert Smith.

                                                                        Ah, youth!!!!

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                                                                          HillJ RE: ttoommyy Jun 5, 2013 02:17 PM

                                                                          I don't know about you two but I'll never be too old for a live show. Ever.

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                                                                            ttoommyy RE: HillJ Jun 5, 2013 06:39 PM

                                                                            If it's standing room only, count me out. Otherwise, bring it on!

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                                                                              HillJ RE: ttoommyy Jun 5, 2013 06:45 PM

                                                                              Interesting you say that. We just attended a show (Steve Wilson) at the Best Buy theater in NY a few weeks ago. Tickets read general admission. We know there is (limited) seating up and back from the main floor. We didn't know if the house would open that section beforehand. My husband is a big fan of Porcupine Tree (Steve's band) so we took a chance. Turned out the upstairs seating was open. We wound up with center stage, raised seats with perfect views of Steve and the guys on stage and of the large screens. Grabbed a few drinks and hung out with the "I'd rather sit" crowd. Great show. $25.00 tickets (can't remember the last time we paid less than 100.00 for tickets)

                                                                              All of this to say, be sure to find out if a general admission ticket truly lacks any seating. Sometimes, there is seating.

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                                                                            EM23 RE: ttoommyy Jun 6, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                            You 'spent the afternoon with them" - that is hysterical! I guess if you look at it that way, I’ve “spent” time with the Jam, David Johanssen, the Ramones and Bowie – they just didn’t know it. Great story!

                                                                            To keep this food-related – back in the late 70’s, a girl in my high school worked in the bakery next to My Father’s Place, a live music bar, in Roslyn, New York. She often told stories of how some of her co-workers would spit and add other disgusting things to batters. When the Police came to play at MFP, Sting and co. popped in the bakery and bought some after sound-check treats. We always shuddered at the thought of what “ingredients” might have been in the baked goods they bought that day.

                                                                      2. lamb_da_calculus RE: cstout Jun 5, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                        I usually don't listen to music while cooking, but one time I did and fired up Pandora on a blues/soul station, and Ray Charles' "Crying Time" started playing exactly when I got to chopping onions.

                                                                        1. jaqzdad RE: cstout Jun 5, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                          Anything from the standards, including PLENTY of Sinatra works for me. Enjoy listening to Jonathan Schwartz on XM in particular.

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                                                                            HillJ RE: cstout Jun 14, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                            Right now I'm watching Bonnaroo Live via cambio.com. My daughter and niece are there with friends.....while dear ole J sits on the porch with her wine & cheese watching Ustream. Glen Hansard (Once) just joined the stage...

                                                                            1. girloftheworld RE: cstout Jun 14, 2013 08:36 PM

                                                                              depends...10,000 Manaics, fun, Josh Grobin, Jethro Tull, Led Zepplin, OMD, DIgweed, Muse, The Pet Shop Boys, Death cab for cutie, The Killers, Coldplay, The libertines.. some trance and industrial.. some opera.. my dad has a huge collection on his computer

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                                                                                cstout RE: cstout Jun 14, 2013 09:36 PM

                                                                                Has anyone heard of Emile Pandolpi? Here is the website


                                                                                Great piano music for late at night wine/antipasto & friends or just solo

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                                                                                  HillJ RE: cstout Jun 15, 2013 07:38 AM

                                                                                  I'm listening to Time to Say Goodbye from believe...right now.

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                                                                                    cstout RE: HillJ Jun 15, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                                                    Aaah yes, beautiful solo piano - nice to meet a fellow Pandolph admirer!

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                                                                                      HillJ RE: cstout Jun 15, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                      very soothing.

                                                                                2. Beach Chick RE: cstout Jun 15, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                                                  Love love love Gary Clark Jr.

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