Fall Playlist [Thanksgiving]

It’s chilly in the Mid-Atlantic, yet this is not stopping me from getting out to run errands after work. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and last minute preparations are underway. Shopping for the holiday began last week, and will continue until Tuesday. This time-frame works in case I’ve forgotten anything and must run a last minute trip to the grocery stores. On Wednesday morning I’ll hit the kitchen running to bake, sauté, and prep for Thursday’s dinner.

I’ve compiled a brief playlist of holiday and jazz music to listen to while working in the kitchen. Having a strong pot of coffee and a few tunes makes the work load enjoyable!

]Sambacu [Pete Escovedo]
Thanksgiving Theme [Vince Guaraldi]
Like Someone in Love [Oscar Peterson]
Mamblues [Cal Tjader]
Night in Tunisia [Stix Hooper}
Third Wind [Pat Metheny Group]
Christmas Time is Here [The Stephen Kummer Trio]
Overture [Cliff Eidelman]
Oye Como Va [Tito Puente]
Almost Like Being in Love [Red Garland]
Christmas Waltz [Oscar Peterson]
Latin Snowfall [Henry Mancini]
Eastside [Four80East]
Moonlight Serenade [The Boston Pops Orchestra & John Williams]

Happy Sunday, and hope you have a great week cooking [if you’re at home in the kitchen like me]!!!


Weekend Finds

Lets all take a huge sigh of relief, after living on pins and needles over the last week  …….. we now have a President and Vice-President-Elect.  Since Tuesday night I probably received a total of three hours of sleep sitting up watching newscast, as ballots were meticulously counted.

Well, its  a great time to share “this weeks finds” to alleviate the stress and tension after Election Week. Here are a few songs I’ve added to my after-work playlist to ease into fall’s cozy evenings!

Ave Maria {Melody Gardot}
Love Theme from Spartacus {Yusuf Lateef}
Reason to Survive {The Rance Allen Group}
The James Bond Theme {John Barry Orchestra} for Sean Connery….!!!
Someday My Prince Will Come {Miles Davis}
Down Here on the Ground {Wes Montgomery}
A Unified Front {Alexa Tarantino}

And, if anyone can make it to the National Gallery in London scroll down to the Artemisia trailer to view exhibition highlights. This is the first major exhibition of Artemisia Gentileschi’s work in the UK. An Italian Baroque painter and one of the most accomplished seventeenth century artist who worked in the style of Caravaggio, and was producing professionally by age fifteen.

Have a safe and restful weekend,


Thanksgiving Playlist

Recently, I surveyed friends to find most of them still enjoy the holidays, as it gives reason to abandon routine, create new traditions and to celebrate with family and friends. There is a simple beauty that comes from harvesting our garden then bringing the produce to the table.

I’ve been scurrying the last week shopping, prepping, cooking and cleaning, in order to have Heath comfortably inviting for the holidays, and while the work load appears to have increased so, has my playlist of music to make light of such daunting tasks.

And though it’s cold in the mid-Atlantic there’s nothing more enjoyable than walking in the crisp evening air after a day of intense work, watching the first stars appear, and listening to fab tunes…. enjoy!!!!

      • Flirt [Russell Malone]
      • To Bud Powell [Chucho Valdes]
      • Perfection [Murray & Allen & Carrington Power Trio
      • First Time I Met the Blues [Buddy Guy]
      • I Love You Baby [HTHAZE Feat. Cody T]
      • Little Feet [Jane Bunett and Maqueque]
      • Autumn Leaves [Orrin Evans]
      • I Wish You Love- Part 1 & 2 [Joe Bataan
      • Temptation [Tito Puente]
      • Te Vas [Pete Escovedo]
      • Certain Shades of Limelight [Swing Out Sister]
      • Dreamy [Henry Mancini]

Braving the cold while enjoying the sculpture fountains at Lake Anne Center in Reston!!!

Happy Monday,