Music in the Kitchen: The slow/happy mix

chapter 10How to turn the kitchen into a happy place? One of the ideas we tried while living in France was to play music–originally a collection of songs I called our “Slow/Happy Mix”. As I explained in French Kids Eat Everything, it worked wonders!

Many readers have written in asking about some of the songs we play. They keep changing, but here are a few favourites we keep coming back to, again and again. Enjoy! 🙂

ps Some of these songs are in the classic parlé-chanté (speaking-singing) style. The singer’s voice has a small melodic range, and the lyrics are clever and full of emotion — sometimes intense, sometimes playful. They have a kind of lulling effect…

Ça ira – Joyce Jonathan

Quelqu’un m’a dit – Carla Bruni

T’es beau – Pauline Croze

La liste – Rose

Je veux – Zaz

Tout va de travers – Juliette Katz

La Dispute – Yann Tiersen

Amelie – Yann Tiersen
(He’s from Brittany, so I couldn’t resist including two of his songs! 🙂 )

Partons vite – Kaolin

La maigrelette – Amelie les Crayons

Je suis pas d’ici – Thomas Dutronc

Sympathique – Pink Martini

Duet Tacet – La Patère Rose



Your grandparents might have listened to these, but they have stood the test of time!

La foule – Edith Piaf

La Mer – Charles Trénet

C’est Si Bon – Yves Montand

La vie en rose – Edith Piaf

La bohème – Charles Aznavour

Champs Elysées – Joe Dassin


Enjoy! 🙂

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