By Jim Corrieri
Music is essential when cooking for a date or dinner party. It can be 50% of the experience.
Having the right music on during a romantic feast is key. Get to know the type of girl she is first, if you can. Music is like wine; it's subjective. Below are a few albums that worked for us.
1. Stéphane Pompougnac "Hotel Costes 8"
Released in 2005, this album is the quintessential dinner date and dinner party music. It's compiled from various artists. It's flavor is electronic, yet features sensual songs that are both good at the dinner table and in the bedroom.
2. Stéphane Pompougnac "Hotel Costes 9"
Released in 2006. More of the above, but better.
3. Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim
Released in 1967, during the height of the Bosa Nova craze, this album showcases Sinatra at his best, delivering mostly Jobim standards. Sinatra whispers his interpretations flawlessly and Jobim's subtle arrangements invite the listener to experience their rare musical magic. With a woman or not, I play this CD whenever I want to be warm and happy. It is one of my favorite albums, period.
4. Billie Holiday "Quintessential Volume 5"
Like much of the inspirational music I've heard, this compilation of tenderly swinging Billie Holiday songs was introduced to me by someone else. In this case it was the girl I was seeing at the time. It instantly became the soundtrack of our summer romance. She gave me the cassette when it was time for me to move on. I did not know what album it was from until I heard it on the jukebox one afternoon in an East Village bar. Naturally, I played the whole thing as I got drunk, wistfully recalling those warm, honeysuckle nights.
5. Seu Jorge "The Life Aquatic Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge"
Anyone who's seen the movie will remember this performer effortlessly singing David Bowie's classics in Portuguese. Something about his deep voice singing songs we all know by heart is captivating in romantic Portuguese. It's the type of album you can play for a woman that will relax her with its familiarity and seduce her with its interpretation.
6. Theivery Corporation "Sounds From the Thievery Hi-Fi"
This CD offers a more up-to-date take on Brazilian themed make-out music. It is chill-out world music that can be played anytime. I have found that its downbeat tempo keeps things moving without drawing your attention. It suggests bumping and grinding, but in a tender way (if so desired, of course.)
7. Gal Costa "Meu Nome é Gal (My Name Is Gal)"
Again, the Brazilian theme is hard to ignore in my selections. But it works-- and that is the most important thing. There are only two female voices in this list and both are standouts. The passion and arousal Gal evokes is undeniable. Put the disc on and shut up.
8. Michael Jackson "Off the Wall"
It is certainly challenging to come up with ten albums that will put a couple in the mood for love. Music is so subjective. Michael Jackson may seem like an odd choice, yet the pre-Thriller innocence and buoyancy of most of the tracks "make lovin' fun." Though I would recommend skipping over She's Out of my Life.
9. Wilson Pickett "The Very Best of Wilson Pickett"
I got this album on cassette at a gas station on the way to Key West with my girlfriend. You all know the hits Midnight Hour and Mustang Sally, but the other ones are simply priceless. We listened to it twice on our way through the keys, laughing and singing along without a care in the world. As soon as we got to the bed & breakfast we were all over each other. Damn, he's really, really good.
10. Elvis - anything you've got
There is nothing like fooling around with Elvis in the background. It is, for lack of better word, fun. First off, if you didn't know it from watching his movies, the man can sing. You may not realize how good he is. He's truly the best at what he does. Return to Elvis when you're at a loss for the perfect, romantic mood and untrouble your life.
11. The Gipsy Kings: "Allegria"
This is a fantastic album that may have you dancing before, during and after your meal. It's a feel good summer time compilation that is both passionate and happy. Spanish language songs.
MUSIC NOT TO FEAST BY
Peter Gabriel, "So" "Us" ("PASSION" Is a great album to make out to)
Jeff Buckley, any album
Cold Play (if you have to ask then this website is not for you.)
Speed metal genre.
Please send us some music that did or did not work for you.
Jim Corrieri has toured the country with his band THE FENWICKS, supporting "Member of No Tribe" a nationally released album on a subsidiary of Sony Music. Jim is also Empire Entertainment's production Manager for such notable acts as ROD STEWART, RAY CHARLES, SHERYL CROW, and THE BEACH BOYS,. Jim continues to record albums and tour with the Fenwicks.