While cruising Kanesville Kollectibles with a friend from Seattle, I thumbed a couple David Carroll Orchestra albums called Dance to Stay Young and Music Makes Me Want to Dance! If music can keep us young and make us want to dance, I figured there is also music that makes me want to bake!
The right choice of music, like the right outfit, is crucial to producing tasty muffins and cookies. I attended a party a year ago and met a girl who brought bread pudding. She was dressed like the iconic, cocktail-party-hosting, 1950's housewife; low heels, a swelling skirt, fitted blouse, and hair that appeared to be comprised not of strands but of slick plastic. As the glide of her arms entered the oven, I asked "Do you also wear those clothes when you bake?"
"Of course," she replied, "what you wear in the kitchen can affect the outcome of your dessert."
I admitted that I usually wore a wife-beater and boy-shorts, and she looked aghast and suggested I try wearing a dress. (Now that I'm a Bird, I wear appropriate clothing and an apron while baking).
Music is the accessory to the perfect outfit. It'd be appropriate if I listened to the bands Sugar and Archers of Loaf as I baked, but I haven't really settled into what type of music I listen to while stirring batter and dropping dough. It must be upbeat. It must make my hips spin like a whisk. It must make me smile. Some days find me baking to Erykah Badu, Etta James, Prince, King Khan & BBQ Show, or Galactic, but since my friend left his newly purchased, used albums here, I will be baking this week to . . . .
Maybe Meg will share her "Best to Bake to Hits," but until then, what do you bake to?