A little off topic but I'm curious to know what songs and music all you cooks listen to when in preparation for the big meals, whether you are a professional cook on the line or the home cook preparing for a family or friends get together.
Steely Dan. .Stones. .Don Henley. .Al Green
Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra when cooking Italian.
Long version of Freebird when making Marg's...lol
Sinatra, Led Zeppelin, The Smiths, Johnny Cash and Gregorian chants. It's an odd mix, but so is my cooking (and my family).
Mostly modern Italian language music...rap/rock/pop/etc, depending on the mood.
...and it goes on and on.
Mood dependent..... Bob Marley, John Denver, Melissa Etheridge, the Stones, Journey, Bocelli, James Taylor, Heart, Three Tenors, REM, Ella Fitzgerald.
Most classical or instrumental music, I save for the eating part :)
Eye of the Tiger
American Pie (extended version)
November Rain (live version)
Music affects the mood, no doubt, and the wrong music can wreck one's enjoyment of a meal. Frenzy or anxiety reduce my effectiveness and ability to concentrate while cooking anything that has some energy, but not too much energy, works for me. I choose from my music library based on my mood, and not any particular genre for a specific task. (Though for some reason I still clean house best while listening to Beggar's Banquet.)
You might be interested to read these threads as well as replies to your post, as this topic is a perennial favorite:
And finally, there's this thread wherein the OP asks if there is a correlation between tastes in food and tastes in music.
All good reading while listening to the music that soothes your soul.
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Depends...cooking our old favs brings out the dancing music....Stones, B 52s, Madonna. When I'm alone...Loreena Mckinnett, Bill Joel. Concentration needed....Ella, Louis, or Jack White.
I listen to iTunes radio (internet), its a channel called "groove salad" under the "ambient" category, dunno where its from but its upbeat yet not in an obnoxious way.
We like World Music for cooking, usually. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Joao Gilbert, Suzan Aksu, Haris Alexiou, Youssou N'Dour, Ofra Haza to name a few. When dining, it's usually different... Baroque, Soft Jazz, New Age or it could be some other world music, too. Often it is just different versions of the same sort of music when preparing and dining.
A little out of season for now but Aerosmith's 'Draw the Line' album is essential for cooking thanksgiving dinner! 'Seasons of Wither' is a great song to cook autumn dishes to. I've never had a Seasons of Wither turkey turn out badly :D
I usually put Pandora (which I listen to on my tv, via Roku) on shuffle. Sometimes instead of shuffle, I'll choose a channel. Lately the channels have been the Memphis Jug Band and Merle Haggard.