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What's on your outdoor dining playlist?

Dining al fresco and music seem to go hand-in-hand. I find that when I'm having breakfast on the deck I enjoy soft instrumental -- Gershwin tunes played on the piano, for example. For lunch it's usually Diana Krall, or Nora Jones, or similar. But for dinner, it really depends on the menu, the mood and the company. (And yes, I'm the first to admit my music preferences need a serious overhaul.)

Help me revamp and update my outdoor dining playlists. What are YOU listening to this summer?

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  1. Last time we ate outside - three, four days ago - it included Molly Hatchet's "Gator Country", the Modern Jazz Quartet at Newport, "Stumblin' In", and 'cause there was too much Jersey here that night, both Southside and Bruce.

    1. Would you be terribly surprised at Jimmy Buffet? About 4 albums. Lats &Ats, Barometer Wind, Don't Stop the Carnival, and I can not remember.

      Went well with whelks in parsley butter. On the water.

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        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          Oh, and if you don't know the MH song I mentioned upthread, check this out:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSa8IW...

          It should be Florida's National Anthem.

          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            My father insists that one Jimmy CD from his entire collection be in the five disc changer at all times. Doesn't matter which one.

            1. re: melpy

              My daughter has taken me to two Jimmy Buffet concerts. Crazy fun!

            2. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              Jimmy Buffet is a part of my regular summer repertoire, too, IndianRiver. I've got at least a half-dozen of his CDs loaded onto my iToys. (BTW - I think you meant Barometer Soup.)

              1. re: CindyJ

                Thank you for the correction. Too lazy to go to another site to check.

                Since summer here is about 10 months, the Barefoot Man, Sauce Boss, all the Marleys, and Harry Belafonte are also in the player.

                With about an hour of classical while at anchor enjoying the first sundowner.

            3. Spotify.com set on the laptop and running thru the outdoor speakers. Pick your favorites and hit play. Recommends come by the plateful.

              This summer our playlists includes: Spoon, the soundtrack from the SHO series Shameless, Phoenix, Maroon 5, Daft Punk's new one is really good,

              Check out Spotify.

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              1. re: HillJ

                I'm a REALLY low-tech type. I can manage Pandora. Spotify looks a bit more complex.

                1. re: CindyJ

                  No way! Download in 3 minutes, type in musical artist and you're on your way. the free version recommends playlists.

                  here's why I dig Spotify.
                  -the free version is more than enough
                  -the library is unstoppable
                  -the commercial interrupts minimal
                  -entire albums play, entire collections play or single songs play
                  -it remembers your lists

                  so i hope you'll give it a go.
                  i stopped using Pandora & Radio Paradise in favor of
                  Spotify.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I'll give it a try. I've already downloaded it and did notice that all of my music is in the library. But I don't need it for my own music. I'll have to summon up some patience and go play with it for a bit.

                    1. re: CindyJ

                      Have fun! I have yet to stump the jukebox archive that IS Spotify. Right now I'm listening to the band, Swedish House Mafia, house music my son T loaded. Pretty good.

                      I like music that makes me move. Too soft, too calm and I'll wind up waking up from a nap :)

                      But these new music archives are truly rabbit holes, gotta love it!

                      1. re: HillJ

                        We also listen to Live At Daryl's House and Live From the Artists Den which offer concert streamed content. NPR has dozens of full length concerts too.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Live from Daryl's House has got to be one of the best things EVER on TV..
                          Hope to be playing drums while Don Henley is singing with Daryl.
                          Such a great set up and the house band is fab.

                          Just got done watching Joe Walsh at Daryl's...epic!

                          1. re: Beach Chick

                            I enjoyed the shows with Todd Rundgren shot in Hawaii and when Pat from Train stopped by. But the entire archive is really fun to watch and/or listen to. Aren't they still on hiatus? I haven't rec'd any show notes since Feb. Fitz and the Tantrums did a nice gig there too. I've never watched it on tv online thru the website.

                            And if you like LDH, try out Live From the Artists Den, Squeeze in Central Park is wonderful. But all of the locations chosen are outstanding.

                            1. re: HillJ

                              I DVR them and can't wait to see Todd..I've been a fan of his since the 70's and his 'Something Anything' album is one of the best albums evah..

                              Love Squeeze..and going to watch Train tonight.

                              Going to Kauai in a couple of months and he and his wife, Michele are opening a bar called Tiki Aniki...loved to jam with him!

                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                Now that would be fun, a TR bar...hmmm.

                                Oh and also catch Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on Live DEN

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  One more (then I'll quit, for now)
                                  YouTube's "The Live Room" collections...
                                  Halestorm's LRoom has been playing on our rotation for a while now.

                              2. re: HillJ

                                Turns out a few of the shows have been removed from the archive; including Todd R. in Hawaii. Only the home studio show is avail to watch/play. Bummer-the Island location made for a lovely backdrop to their reunion. YouTube has the show listed, stripped in sections though.

                      2. re: HillJ

                        I've considered trying Spotify instead of Pandora, but the one feature I really like is the shuffle feature on Pandora. I currently have nearly 80 "stations" checked to play in shuffle mode, so they all mix in at random. The last time I checked out Spotify, I didn't find a way to do such a thing. Is there a way?

                      3. re: CindyJ

                        Try MOG. https://mog.com/ My new favorite. Worth the coupla bucks for the premium membership. Still fun without it. Have a party and make a game outta guests takin' turns selectin' artists, albums, songs, etc.

                        I'm listening to Gretchen Wilson covering Bell Bottom Blues right now. I never, never, ever would have found it otherwise. She's missin' Duane and the Dominoes, but that was a very special band. Thanks, Delaney and Bonnie. It's still a pretty good record* though - and more importantly, fun!

                        *Yeah, I still say record. Whatcha gonna do about it?

                        1. re: MGZ

                          I know Mog's been around since 2005 and Spotify since 2007 but I prefer Spotfy and their international club and NYC HQ location.

                          Same service in the end for free members. Both clones.

                    2. A lot of nuevo flamenco or flamenco infused stuff - Gipsy Kings, Concha Buika, Ottmar Liebert, among others; jazz standards; a lot of Sting and Sade; and quite a few Putumayo compilations.

                      Fun question! :)

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                      1. re: inaplasticcup

                        I think Antonio Carlos Jobim is perfect for cocktail hour. ;) I was totally unfamiliar with Ottmar Liebert until he was mentioned here. GREAT addition!

                      2. Depends on the mood and the food but love Diana Krall, Norah Jones and Ottmar Liebart..

                        I like putting on Singers and Standards or Big Band Jazz on the TV with the surround sound that goes out to the patio.
                        French music channel is another great music channel.

                        Older Steely Dan is still one of all time fave's.

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                        1. re: Beach Chick

                          Looks like you and I gravitate toward the same types of music Beach Chick. :) I've got a couple of Ella Fitzgerald CDs I love.