I cook, I clean, I work, I sing and I sing loud – me
I do like a challenge, this is no secret. But Goodman rather caught me on the hop when they asked to send me their new Heritage radio (a nostalgic redesign of the classic radio with advanced DAB features and bluetooth so you can pair it with your phone, RRP £129) not for review, but to help me create a playlist for use in the kitchen. “What do you do in the kitchen? What do you listen to?” they asked…
Well, I’ll confess straight away, I don’t like extraneous noise when we’re eating. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, we all sit down and the telly/computer/radio gets turned off. I love food, so I think it’s something to savour with conversation and smiles. However…for every other kitchen activity, I love music. I turn up the volume, I sing and I sing loud. And so do the kids!
So what do I do while I’m singing myself hoarse? I do this…
Laundry: Aqualung – Brighter Than Sunshine
I tend to tackle the laundry right at the beginning of the day before I go out or sit down to work, so I need something uplifting and hopeful playing to get me in the right mind set to get things done. This track is a perfect example.
Baking: Miley Cyrus – The Backyard Sessions – “Jolene”
A guilty pleasure but oh, the voice on that girl! Great for singing to at the top of my voice while kneading bread. There are worse ways to pass the time :)
Washing up: Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
I’m still at least part metaller at heart, so I’m often caught singing Metallica. This one is a true orchestral classic and perfect for singing to while washing up.
Mopping the floor: Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire
You can’t get more glamorous than floor mopping, right? So you need to accompany that with a power ballad. Right? RIGHT?
Peeling veg: Coldplay – Everything’s Not Lost
A middle of the road choice, perhaps, but there’s a good, long, repetitive section in this particular track that allows you to rock from foot to foot and sing your little heart out while peeling the veg without really having to know many words. Anthemic.
Blogging: Turin Brakes – Underdog (Save Me)
As a food blogger, blogging in the kitchen, surrounded by inspiration sometimes just makes sense. Underdog offers beautiful vocals that run right through me. I love pretty much everything these guys have ever done so I am guaranteed to be in a better mood and therefore a more productive mood when Turin Brakes is playing.
Photo editing: UNLE ft Ian Brown – Be There
A bit old school (that makes a change, eh) but feel good and rhythmic. Photo editing requires a strange combination of intense concentration and a trance-like zoning out, so this track is perfect.
Creative recipe development: The Knife – Heartbeats
Most people are more familiar with the Jack Johnson cover, which is also great, but this synthy original is a little bit odd and puts me in the mood to push the boundaries when I’m testing flavour combinations.
5 1/2 minute dance party: Jurassic 5 – Swing Set
Little explanation needed for this last one. Sometimes I dance about in my kitchen. What of it? ;)
So as you can see, my musical taste mainly established in the 90s, stalled at the beginning of the millennium and hasn’t really moved on since, which means I’m unlikely to be found listening to Radio 1 *shudders*. Truth be told, I was always a Radio 4 kind of girl, even in my teens. ROCK N ROLL!
So, what do you do in your kitchen? And what would be on your #goodmanskitchenplaylist?
Disclosure: we were sent a DAB radio to assist with this post. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.