In the midst of the event, we admitted to listening to the songs on Stephenie Meyer's playlist*, and I praised Meyer for introducing me to Blue October. And then I further admitted that I made a "Bella & Edward" playlist, comprised entirely of Meyer's music, and listened to it continuously while reading Breaking Dawn. Believe me, people, this isn't an easy thing to admit. See how I'm willing to make a fool of myself in front of all of you? Now, that is love.
But that got me thinking of playlists. They're so personal: how many times have you looked at a friend's playlists and thought, "Huh? I don't get the organization or the vibe or what they were going for." Which is why I am fascinated by how others do it.
Music plays an integral, inextricable role in my cooking and eating every night. Seriously, not a single night goes by that I am not playing music. One of my favorites to cook to on weeknights is the "Martini - cheers!" mix. I usually play this while I'm cooking, waiting for Adam and Bug to get home. Sipping wine and munching on a couple slices of Idiazábal is usually involved. Here is a sampling of my "Martini - cheers!" mix**:
- "Pick Up the Pieces" - Average White Band
- "Got to Be Real" - Cheryl Lynn
- "Hiphip Chinchin" - Club des Belugas
- "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" - Dean Martin
- "The Best is Yet to Come" - Frank Sinatra
- "We Are in Love" - Harry Connick Jr. (Don't laugh!)
- "30 Something" - Jay-Z (thanks, Amy!)
- "Golden" - Jill Scott
- "Mucci's Jag MK. II" - Joey Altruda
- "Une journée fade" - Kohndo
- "It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over" - Lenny Kravitz
- "Chilly Winds Don't Blow" - Nina Simone
- "Sea Lion Woman" - Nina Simone (Feist ain't got nuthin' on Nina!)
- "Anna (El Negro Zumbon)" - Pink Martini
- "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love" - Pink Martini
- "Austin Powers (Soul Bossa Nova)" - Starlight Orchestra
- "Caramel" - Suzanne Vega
- "The World Keeps on Spinning" - The Brand New Heavies
- "Beyond the Sea" - Robbie Williams (is it wrong to prefer this version over Bobby Darin?)
- "Jump in the Line" - Harry Belafonte
Eat, drink, and don't forget the music!
* I linked to the "soundtrack" for Twilight but, if you click on each of the books on the left side of screen, you'll see that Meyer made a soundtrack for each book.
** All of these songs should be available through iTunes - I checked before posting them.