This Friday’s post is a little different from prior weeks. The first difference, we’re not actually reviewing a restaurant, and the second, this post is a lot shorter! 🙂
For the past few weeks there has been a burning question in the back of my mind: does music effect our experiences with food, and if so, do different genres change, or dictate the way in which we are affected?
This question came about when I was planning to cook for my best friends before I left the Bay Area after the holidays. I was prepping the night before, and I was pulling all of my ingredients out, but something just did not feel right. Without a second thought, I grabbed my laptop, flung it open, and clicked the iTunes icon, and jammed to Bruno Mars through the night as I prepped, and baked for the next day’s dinner. After cleaning the kitchen, I literally collapsed on to the coach, but then it hit me: I ALWAYS turn on music when I’m cooking…and I LOVE when I go to a restaurant and they are playing GOOD music. I knew that with all the cooking I had done that night, it would not have been nearly as fun without Bruno Mars; I may would have even lost momentum, called a quits and said, “Forget it!”
Then the question came up again about two weeks ago. Stef and I visited a restaurant, but when writing the blog post about the experience, one of my first thoughts was, “I really liked this spot, but there were no melodies to munch to.” 😦
Music is so powerful, it can make you laugh, cry, fall in love, get pumped for a big game, and each of these different emotions is typically prompted by different genres, and tempos of music. Is it the same for us foodies…does it change our cooking and/or eating experiences? Or is it something that is only effective, for individuals like myself, who love music? Personally, I know when I listen to more jazz-like melodies, I’m more relaxed, and tend to take more time to cook (and sway to the tunes), or eat; it is visa versa when listening to tunes with hard baselines like dub step or hip hop, but either way, it enhances my experience.
I just graduated, so I’m temporarily over learning, 🙂 and do not necessarily care to do a social experiment to find the answers to these burning questions of mine, but I wanted give a little Food for Thought by posing them, and see what others thought. I definitely think music has a major effect on MY experiences with food, but am I alone? Does music affect YOUR cooking and/or eating experiences? If so, how? Please comment below, and give YOUR take on MELODIC MUNCHIN’…we would love to hear from you!
Happy Friday, CoCo
PS- Oops…well, I THOUGHT this was going to be a shorter post! 🙂