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  1. I love playing film music when I prepare a meal and then during dinner too. Usually when I have people over, I inadvertently pick the wrong score, as in, not really suitable for dinner music, haha. cheesy Maybe it's one that I just love, and forget that other people don't appreciate it, or it's something that I know has some lovely soft pieces, but then there are usually more tense or suspenseful tracks mixed in that I enjoy, but distract other people.

    Anyway, I'd love to know - what are your favorite scores to play when you have friends over as dinner music?

    Thanks all!
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2018
    Something 'loungey' and 'cocktaily'. A few film music CDs work, but not many. I often play Jan Vardøen's HØST (featuring Nils Petter Molvær). I rarely have friends over to have dinner in my tiny apartment, though. It's rather when we're on cabin trips and such, and prepare somthing then.
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      CommentAuthorAidabaida
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2018
    The Beast from Sicario
    Bach's music is heartless and robotic.
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      CommentAuthorchristopher
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2018 edited
    There are a lot of options, and I'm not sure what kind of a dinner party you're talking about, but for a jazzier score, you could play the score from LA LA LAND and program out the songs. That would make fun and happy dinner music. You could make a fun playlist from RATATOUILLE that would be fun and jazzy, but also situationally appropriate. smile

    For a more refined dinner playlist you could go with music that's more classical-sounding. Something really pretty and not too obtrusive. Something like Nigel Hess's LADIES IN LAVENDER or Philippe Rombi's UN HOMME ET SON CHIEN, or Marianelli's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE might do nicely. I could probably give you dozens more examples like these. Ilan Eshkeri has written several (THE YOUNG VICTORIA, AUSTENLAND, THE EXCEPTION), and Abel Korzeniowski, too (W.E., A SINGLE MAN, ROMEO AND JULIET).

    You could also go with some really serenely beautiful music for dinner. Thomas Newman has written so many gorgeous melodies you could incorporate into something like that.

    You could throw a themed dinner party and have some fun with film music to match the mood (a Halloween party scored by Christopher Young).

    You could also put together a play list of super famous movie themes and let your guests play "name that tune" all night.

    On the non film music side, I also think it's really fun to play some fun songs from specific eras and specific countries that share a certain sound. I love the old crooners from the U.S. (Sinatra, Crosby, etc.). You could put together a great playlist of classic French songs with lots of Piaff, Trenet, etc.
  2. Aidabaida wrote
    The Beast from Sicario


    Haha, very funny!
  3. christopher wrote
    You could also go with some really serenely beautiful music for dinner. Thomas Newman has written so many gorgeous melodies you could incorporate into something like that.


    Thanks for the great ideas Christopher. One of my favorite Newman go-tos, if I'm having Indian food especially, is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I forgot about the Austen-type scores, but will be looking to those the next time I have dinner guests. smile
  4. Thor wrote
    Something 'loungey' and 'cocktaily'. A few film music CDs work, but not many. I often play Jan Vardøen's HØST (featuring Nils Petter Molvær). I rarely have friends over to have dinner in my tiny apartment, though. It's rather when we're on cabin trips and such, and prepare somthing then.


    Remember the story Julie Taymor told in Kraków about her and Goldenthal having lunch while listening to... I think "The Tempest" and her commenting that it's probably the first score of his they can actually play when they eat?
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2018
    PawelStroinski wrote
    Thor wrote
    Something 'loungey' and 'cocktaily'. A few film music CDs work, but not many. I often play Jan Vardøen's HØST (featuring Nils Petter Molvær). I rarely have friends over to have dinner in my tiny apartment, though. It's rather when we're on cabin trips and such, and prepare somthing then.


    Remember the story Julie Taymor told in Kraków about her and Goldenthal having lunch while listening to... I think "The Tempest" and her commenting that it's probably the first score of his they can actually play when they eat?


    I can't remember that, but THE TEMPEST is NOT very dinner friendly.

    If there's any Goldenthal that would work in a dinner setting, then maybe -- just maybe -- FRIDA or GOLDEN GATE. But even those are a stretch.
    I am extremely serious.
  5. Could've been Frida, actually.
    http://www.filmmusic.pl - Polish Film Music Review Website
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2018
    I guess much of THE GOOD THIEF could work too, if you're eating North African food.
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  6. Maybe I should check online dating agencies for a girl that would enjoy listening to Final Fantasy during dinner. biggrin

    Volker
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th 2018
    I wouldn't date that.
    I am extremely serious.