There is one thing in this world that unites us. No matter your culture, language or country of origin, a simple melody can make two completely different people connect.
At a gathering, I believe music is a necessity. Not only does it set the mood, but two strangers can say to each other, “Hey! I love this song!” Bam. You just started a conversation without even trying…somewhat
If you look at it from a psychological perspective, the type of music you play depends on what kind of party/mood you want to achieve. Are you having a dance party? Techno! Dinner party? Jazz, relaxing tunes. You get the jist.
Since we are talking, ‘Table Talk”, Techno/Dance Party music is being put back in the cupboard, replaced with a few of my favourite artists.
It’s hard to focus on a conversation around the dinner table when Adele’s voice is interrupting you all the time. Imagine, you’re sitting there talking about your day, when Adele jumps in with a powerful, “YOU COULD HAVE HAD IT ALLLLLL”.
I suggest swapping any CD with complicated lyrics out with something with little or no lyrics at all.
Here are a few ideas for that upcoming holiday party. Youtube is chocked full of complete albums, so it’s great if you don’t want to make a playlist or you don’t have a specific CD lying around. Almost all of the links below are full albums as well.
I hope this inspires you to have some music at your next gathering! Besides, it’s not a real party unless there’s music 🙂
I hope you find something you like!
Jazz for the Table : Bill Evans Trio – Portrait in Jazz is great lighthearted jazz music, and one of my favourites for studying as well! Honestly, anything by Bill Evans is a winner.
Brad Melhdau Trio – Anything Goes (Full Album) is once again, fabulous jazz music!
Christmas Jazz for the Table: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a classic in my house for ever, it’s wonderfully festive and it’s Charlie Brown, so what could go wrong?
Folk For the Table: Fiest – Let it Die has a great relaxing vibe to it, and it just makes you smile as you listen 🙂
Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence cannot be described with anything but cute. Extremely relaxing and sweet sounding, I’ve played it in the cafe I work at more than once.
Classical Christmas for the Table: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker is everyone’s favourite when it comes to classical Christmas music, and this live concert sounds fantastic. It does have some intense moments here and there, so keep the volume to a minimum 😀