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Dec 25, 2011 07:36 PM

Music in the Kitchen?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: OnkleWillie

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

      1. re: cstout

        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.

        1. re: OnkleWillie

          OnkleWill, you tell Miss Frau, that she just does not have an ear for good 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.

      2. 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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        1. re: letsindulge

          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!!

        2. 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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          1. re: iL Divo

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

            1. re: iL Divo

              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.

              1. re: BlueMagic

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

            2. 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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              1. re: caseyjo

                I got the Pandora app but have never tried it.

                1. re: iL Divo

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

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

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                  1. re: igorm

                    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.