With his ambient album, Music for Airports, Brian Eno creates a space to think, a space removed from the airport’s hectic buzz. Similarly, for me, “music for baking” means putting on music that supports the space of creativity, that helps me focus and tap into my creativity.
I compiled this playlist to share some of the songs I play when I’m baking. The playlist opens with Tycho’s Dive album. Tycho creates ethereal, ambient soundscapes to float away to. Tycho also happens to be the first name of Tycho Brahe, a famous Danish astronomer from the 16th century – just some trivia I picked up while living in Copenhagen.
The playlist moves on to include my favorite tracks by PJ Harvey, Joe Satriani, Calexico, Boards of Canada, Khruangbin, and French artists Benjamin Biolay and Keren Ann.
Music for baking: One creative outlet supports another
Music and baking are both creative outlets. I know this first hand, since I also DJ and play various instruments. Both involve resolve, in other words, the decision to focus and produce something. Did you know that for some people it’s really relaxing to decide to bake something and then to actually do it? That’s because baking takes your mind off the things you normally worry about. It is a form of self-care, since it helps you recharge your batteries. Baking also gives you a sense of accomplishment. It’s a “sweet“ project. You buy the ingredients, work with your hands, design decorations and are rewarded with the final result.
Baking also brings joy to others. A demonstration of love and affection, it makes friends and family happy. It can be nostalgic, i.e., remembering grandma when making her marzipan recipe.
The music playing in the background supports this all.
Music for baking: It brings people together
Baking is a social activity. It indulges your senses and uplifts your mood. Music takes things up a notch. When my friends come over and we cook together, the soul, jazz and disco tunes suddenly hit the record player. It’s a party. The vibe is flying. I might be leading the dessert baking, but friends taste the creation along the way and have a hand in decorating it. It’s ultimately a joint creation: a product of the moment, a fusion of love, creativity, energy and music. The temperature is running high!
The convergence of cake, music and art
The grooves in my playlist are the tunes that inspire me. If you also love music, then I encourage you to make your own playlist.
About Cathy’s Cake Salon
The word “salon” is meant in the sense of a meeting place, a place where people can come together to eat cake, converse, listen to music, and admire art.
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