Saturday, 6 March 2010
"If music be the food love, play on." William Shakespeare
The above clip is from one of my most favourite films, Paris, je t'aime. Of all the vignettes, this makes my top five list (along with short films from the Coen brothers, Alexander Payne, Wes Craven, and Sylvain Chomet... this film is AMAZING). There are so many things about this part of the film that I love; the story in itself is such a beautiful one, but I think what really gets me is all the little habits and characteristics of his wife that he thinks annoy him but he realises– just in time– that they are in fact some of the things he loves most about her.
When watching this film for the billionth time recently, there was something that stood out to me. If you watch the clip, you'll see that one of the things she does is sing the same song while she makes quenelles (a dumpling of lyonnaise origin, oh so French). I've been told I sing too much generally, but I think in the kitchen is where I do it most. And, like Miranda Richardson's character in Paris, je t'aime, it is normally one or two songs on repeat. And, if they're really good songs, I may even start dancing. Most recently, I've had a combination of Vampire Weekend's album Contra, Regina Spektor's album Far, and Chicago artist Mark Minelli as the soundtrack for my cooking adventures, although the soundtrack to Cabaret is a firm favourite for dancing around the kitchen with a spatula in your hand. What about you? Who would make your kitchen playlist?