This morning, I read this article in Good Magazine about songs to listen to while cooking. It got me thinking about the connections between music and food. They both affect us on a visceral level, and they both go a long way in creating ambiance.
Food, of course, is essential to life. It nourishes us on both a physical and an emotional level. It is for that reason that many celebrations revolve around eating. It is why we enjoy going to restaurants with friends and preparing meals with loved ones.
I would argue that music has a similar effect. While we wouldn’t die without music, there is something about our makeup that responds to it in a raw and powerful way. Our brains are wired to enjoy it. Music taps into something primal and it feeds our souls.
It is no wonder, then, that music and food are often enjoyed together. At a party, the two essentials are good food and good music. The music played at a restaurant can dramatically impact the ambiance.
Music and food compliment one another so nicely because they both tap into something that is beyond – or comes before – conscious thought. When we eat or when we get swept up in our favorite songs, we experience it on a visceral level. Except for restaurant reviewers and music critics, most of us do not consciously dissect our reasons for enjoying a particular food or song. We just experience the enjoyment on a gut level. And after all, what is better than sharing a good meal and good music with a group of great friends?