A Playlist for Everything: An Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

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round the time the babies are waking up from their naps, I realize dinner is not going to make itself, volcanoes of toys have erupted throughout the house, and everyone needs a snack–immediately.

Yes, those last couple of hours before Daddy comes to the rescue are probably the most challenging of the day.  Everyone suddenly seems to desperately need Mommy and Mommy just needs to cook the flipping potatoes.

I’ve been trying to lower the stress factor of cooking dinner with toddlers underfoot by doing more meal prep earlier in the day and including my older one in the cooking process as much as possible.

However, my old standby for an afternoon attitude boost is definitely fun music and a quick dance party.

Not only is salsa dancing (badly) to the Gipsy Kings with my baby guaranteed to bring joy, I also find that a bit of concentrated Mommy fun time is often enough to tide them over while I chop the veggies.

The following are some fast-paced favs, useful for inspiring dancing (of all types and qualities) around the kitchen.

An Afternoon Playlist

(With links for sampling)

  • Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash :: An intriguing man with a redemptive story, a classic tune
  • La Montana by Salvador :: In college, I would listen to this too loudly on repeat for too long. Sorry, roomies.
  • Your Love is a Song by Switchfoot :: Switchfoot’s always a fav
  • Always by Switchfoot :: See above
  • Sinnerman by Nina Simone (Felix Da Housecat’s Heavenly House Mix) :: I’ve tried, briefly, to analyze the lyrics. I think I’m better off just enjoying the beat.
  • Like a Song by U2 :: Circa 1983. From one of my favorite U2 albums.
  • Something in the Water by Brooke Fraser :: One of Bun’s favs
  • Baila Me by The Gipsy Kings :: Go on, try not to dance. Good luck.
  • Volare by The Gipsy Kings ::  See above.
  • Hurricane Season by Trombone Shorty :: Reminds me of New Orleans. Good for chopping veggies to.

And there you have it. A bit spicier than the morning hour’s playlist, but necessarily so.

What are some of your fast-paced favs?

About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • Chris

    Jenn, I have put every, single play list you have mentioned into my Spotify account. And will continue to do so. Thanks for the introduction to some great choices!

  • No prob, Chris! Glad you like! Thanks to your wife for the intro to Trombone Shorty 🙂

  • brenda ven

    More songs for Pops to upload on a disc for Grams! YEA!!!

    • Hope you enjoy, Mom. 🙂

  • Jenn’s SOUL

    I highly recommend Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s album “The Very Best” and Erik Mongrain’s album “Fates”, and a Yankee Candle in Meadow Showers

    • Thanks, Allison! Love me some Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

      And let’s go ahead and publicly clarify that Jenn’s “S.O.U.L.” stands for Summer Orientation Undergraduate Leader–from circa 2000. Which is both true and a blessing. 🙂

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