I recently dined in a restaurant that made a lovely visual impression, but the dreary music creeping across the room--an über-depressing electronica that might best be described as Synth-Dirge--made me want to put my face in my plate and cry.
I'll be the first to admit that my music palate is unsophisticated. (Just ask Scene music maven Tracy Moore how my forehead scrunches up when she talks about Emo and Death-Core.) I'd be happy if every restaurant played a happy loop of Frank Sinatra singing Cole Porter songs, with a little Miles Davis thrown in--unless of course it's the kind of friendly low place that calls for beer-soaked country songs.
Especially these days, I want all the cheery, treacly songs I can find, tunes that put a spring my step in this winter of discontent. I was thinking about giving the restaurant in question my old When Harry Met Sally CD? Or maybe suggesting they follow Obama's musical prescription: "Pick Yourself Up" from Swing Time makes great dinner music. Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Diana Krall all sing it beautifully. Any version will do.
What's on your ideal restaurant play list?