Well, hello June!
I was talking to a new friend at the market recently about how we never make new years resolutions. Or if we do, we never keep them. What a terrible time of year to start over! It’s the middle of the winter, we are exhausted from holiday madness, and you kind of just want to hibernate and enjoy the cold weather. Doesn’t it seem like a funny tradition, resolving to become better, fitter, healthier people in the middle of sweatpants and hot cocoa weather?
Well apparently for me, springtime feels more natural. The season of rebirth. The season of growth. The season of flowers and plants coming back to life…
The season before bikini season?
Last year on May 6, I wrote down some serious goals for my music career. I was going to give being a full time musician one last giant push. And I’m happy to say that I accomplished so many of those goals. I was really proud of myself and the way I threw myself into my passion just to see if it still fit.
Turned out, I learned an incredible amount about myself in those months. And after all was said and done, I ended up right where I belonged. Which leads me to this spring, when I happened to also set some lofty goals for myself. I have already accomplished some of them (redesign my blog! i think it looks better than ever!), and I have some big projects in the works that I can’t wait to get really moving so I can tell you all about them!
Another “goal” I wanted to set for myself this year was to keep music as an important part of my life even if it was no longer my full-time focus. I still write songs when they come to me. I still pick up the guitar every now and then. And I’m always looking out for new artists and new albums to soundtrack my life.
Which brings me to today, when I wanted to share another list of music to cook to with you. Because this little “Music to Cook To” series that I’ve started makes me so happy. It combines two of my favorite things (no, mom, not schnitzels and noodles…), and it gives me an excuse to keep searching for new, fun music to share with you.
Except today’s list started with some old favorites instead of new acts. Mostly when Brad and I are cooking, we turn to songs we know all of the words to. We turn to music that makes us feel good. We turn to the bands and artists that we grew up listening to, who taught us about guitar solos and soul and the way a song was supposed to make you feel. I turn to music that makes me move.
We turn to Rock and Roll.
(these are pictures of a delicious peach jam i made this week! i thought jam sounded like a musical term so… it works, right?)
Let’s get rocking…
Music To Cook To: Rock and Roll
The Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
Gotta start with the Rolling Stones. Not that I knew anything about Mick Jagger or Keith Richards before I met Brad. I just knew the hits. But a lot has changed since 2007, and now I get up and dance to their tunes just as much as a teenage girl in 1970. Just a lot less screaming..
The Velvet Underground – Rock & Roll
Another band that Brad got me into. I didn’t used to appreciate singers unless they had trained, musical voices. There’s just something about this song’s happy beat and Lou Reed’s talk/singing, that just makes me smile. You just can’t help but start shaking to this fine, fine Velvet Underground music.
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Listen, I still don’t really “get” David Bowie, but I think the man is crazy awesome. This is one that’s on all the time while dinner’s getting ready.
T. Rex – Mambo Sun
Oh, T. Rex. Yes, he’s known for Bang A Gong (Get it On), but no, we never have that one on rotation. T.Rex provides all kinds of fun rock to cook to.
The Black Keys – Gold On The Ceiling
And now, of course on to something more modern. We love The Black Keys. I think this song was used for NBA finals commercials a few years ago. If it doesn’t get you pumped up and dancing, there’s just no gold for you. (i also like that there is a doubling on the chorus in my vocal range. i can actually sing along! nerdy musician moment…)
Dan Auerbach – My Last Mistake
Dan (half of the Black Keys) and his solo album are maybe even more soulful and blues-rock than his TBK stuff. This is one of my favorite, fun, simple rock n roll songs. Might be the “and you can be my queen, mama” part.
Hanni El Khatib – You Rascal You
I’m not going to lie. This one was produced by Dan Auerbach. Apparently I have a crush on anything the man touches. But this is just such a dirty, gritty song full of crunchy guitar. Any Hanni El Khatib song could fit in here, I just like this one the best.
Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
I liked the Arctic Monkey from their first few albums, but their release last year – AM – hooked me for sure. I guess this is more indie-rock than rock and roll, but the guys have a song called Why You Only Call Me When You’re High? Talk about a booty call.
Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
Can’t leave out Mr. Jack White. This song is rock all the way. When we saw him live, people were jumping all over the place during this song. It’s perfect to get you moving in front of the stove, right?
So have fun rocking and jamming and cooking and doing whatever else you want to do to these tunes. Mondays will now officially be dedicated to combining my love of music with my love of cooking, so look out for another Music To Cook To next Monday!
(you can check out the whole Music To Cook To playlist here on Spotify!)