We have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately getting ready for Passover. (Which has only been made tolerable because of David Lebovitz and his recipe for Matzoh Crunch. Simply DIVINE! And not just for Passover!)
When we are in the kitchen we always have music playing. It gets us in a good mood and makes the frenetic atmosphere much calmer. Most of the time it’s some random mix of tunes, or a wonderful cd from a friends wedding or mix that a friend made. But lately, we have been listening jazz standards, especially from the war years. Maybe it’s a sign that we are getting older or more “mature”. Or maybe it’s just that these are songs with a great melody; piano and horns. And voices filled with hope and love, and an era long gone by. Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk and Harry James are just a few in the repertoire.
Whatever it is, it works. It’s calming and with a glass (or two) of wine, we’re having fun. Spontaneous dancing may occur.
What do you listen to, if anything, while you are cooking?