Friday, 12 November 2010

Music, love & food.

Most people understand & appreciate the marriage of food & love.

I wholeheartedly agree.

Food cooked with love DEFINITELY tastes better.

But I propose that MUSIC also makes food taste better.

In fact I can't cook without listening to music.   Well actually I can't seem to breathe properly without music!

My passion for music is well known.  I spend hours & hours every week reading about & listening to music- new & old.  I like a wide range of genres from Opera & Classical right through to some pretty hard rock'n'roll and lots in between.  I get lost in my music.  Hours & hours pass......

Our house is rarely without music playing.

The kids already have pretty a pretty strong sense of music and what they like already.  The big three have all created their own playlists-which  make for good listening.  Mr.4 demands 'Vicious" by Lou Reed every time we get in the car- he knows all the lyrics and sings along at full volume! And the bubba loves to bust out his moves to his favourite tracks too.

I was lucky enough to grow up in a household filled with music too.  Our parents loved music too.  Mum was and still is a passionate jazz lover so we grew up to the sounds of Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald and more.  Dad loved classical music but also loved Bluegrass, Johnny Cash, Leadbelly and Flamenco music.   He was famous for busting out his German Dance Hall music at the end of dinner parties which seemed to bring the parties to an abrupt halt!

Alongside all that music us kids were playing (and playing very loud most of the time)  David Bowie, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, The Specials, British Beat, Iggy Pop, P.I.L, Velvet Underground, Television, Modern Lovers, The Clash, Stray Cats, The Sunnyboys, The Saints to name a few......there were many many more.  All five of us liked the same kind of music- which was lucky.  Mum & Dad were pretty tolerant really......

I was reminded on another blog I love about another band of this era (late 70's early 80's) from Glasgow called  Orange Juice that I haven't listened to in ages but was also on the list of stuff we all loved. You can skip over here to read it. Caroline & Charlie are parents to six kids and live in Scotland and like Hubby & I they also have a passion for music and cool stuff.  It's definitely worth a scroll through.

Our big three (sounds like a band name really!) are all playing instruments (Mr.12 drums, Mr.10 guitar & Mr.7 piano) and have had some 'jam' sessions together.  I am so happy we have passed on our love of music to them.

Music can help us in so many ways and in so many situations.

Recently it was International teachers day & Mr.12 compiled a music CD for his teacher as his way of saying thankyou.  I thought that was great.  A momento that says so much about him. 

It helps soothe, it helps inspire, it helps you smile, it reminds us of important times in our lives, it helps you work and I believe it helps you cook super delicious food!

Depending on what  I am cooking and what mood I am in the choice of music is very different- as is the volume.  But mostly I like it LOUD!

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that there is ALWAYS a song at the end of my post.  I love to share music. 

Do you listen to music when you cook?

I'd love to hear what you listen to.......

Today I am listening to Iron & Wine and wishing I had booked those Flamenco lessons.......


  1. Cooking while listening to music is almost the best bit of our day. Wine is generally involved too, of course. x

  2. I too have music going all day(anything & everything), often just too mask the emptiness of the house! I find it amazing that listening to music or smelling a scent, evokes such vivid memories of times gone by- more so than the visual such as photos. My fav "housework" music is Neil Diamond as loud as poss, ironing a little more cruisy with Marc Cohn.


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