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Relaxing Dinner Music

Updated on November 25, 2014

A Peaceful Way to End the Day!

You've worked a long hard day either in an office, at home, or on the road. You drive through busy streets or speeding cars on the highway. You stop at the market for some groceries, swing by the high school to pick up your daughter, drive over to the library to drop off some books, race over to the ball field to pick up your son, then head home.

Time to relax now? No, of course not! You have hungry kids who are demanding an answer that all important question, "What's for dinner?" You send them off to work on their homework while you scramble around trying to make a balanced meal and set the table. Then your spouse walks in the door, also tired and hungry, but gives you a hand getting dinner on the table and calling the kids back to eat.

Everyone's exhausted but still bouncing around with all the "stuff" going on around you. How can you relax a bit to calm your mind and adreneline rush of the day? What can help the family glide into a more peaceful mood?

What if you crave a special meal alone with someone important to you? What can you add to make the time memorable? Or, what if you wish to establish a special tone at mealtime? What about if you wanted to create a certain atmosphere for an international meal? Having some friends over for a dinner and hope to set a comfortable feeling for them? What can even help you digest that delicious food better?

I am suggesting listening to some beautiful dinner music to create the mood of your meal - however you wish it to be!! My fellow Rocket Moms here on Squidoo have created numerous tasty food lenses (webpages) on a huge variety of foods! There are meats, veggies, salads, side dishes, casseroles, desserts galore, and more to help you make a fantastic meal. So, as a professional musician who has performed for many people at banquets, weddings, receptions, and other dinner parties, I decided to contribute by giving suggestions of music you may enjoy listening to during your everyday and special dinners.

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  • Choose music that is in the mood you want to be in at the end of your meal!
  • Instrumental music without lyrics may work better if your family or guests want to focus on their conversations more.
  • The age span of your family or guests is important to consider. What is relaxing for your teen may not be the same as for Grandpa.
  • Consider the purpose of your music when deciding. The reasons that you want dinner music will help you determine the type that would be best.
  • If the meal is international or cultural based, choose music with an ethnic flavor.
  • If your meal is part of a holiday celebration, then choose some songs of the season, of course!

    ~ Religious holiday? Consider music that is meaningful to your faith.

    ~ Valentine's Day? Turn the lights down low with some romantic music and pucker up! ;)

    ~ Other National Holiday? Share your country's loyalty by playing some patriotic music.

    ~ Etcetera ...

  • Think about preferred styles of music along with the favorite artists of your diners when making your selection.
  • You may want to consider turning the music down softly in order to make it easier to hear one another in conversations.
  • You may want to consider turning the music up if your children are arguing about whose turn it is to do the dishes. Then you can peacefully smile across the table at your spouse without hearing them yell. Just kidding ... uhm ... sort of! :)
  • Overall, choose something that fits the style and mood of your guests.

    ~ If they need to relax, choose quiet calming music.

    ~ If it is a celebration, pick upbeat happy music.

    ~ If it is for family, consider all the members tastes (for food and for music!)

Musical Styles

Photo thanks to "minstrel_blue"!
Photo thanks to "minstrel_blue"!

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Classical music is sometimes thought of for formal occasions only, but it works for everyday situations as well. Besides projecting a relaxing essence, classical music has been proven to have many other benefits to the mind and soul. Numerous studies have researched the effects of this great music! It is believed that music increases brain functions and intelligence! What do you think of that? It's the all-in-one phenomina ~ beautiful listening, brain boosting, and relaxing. Calming music is also thought to assist the body in the digestive process!

Listen to some music! It is healthy for you!

Bach, Mozart, & Beethoven? - This recording has them all along with many more famous composers and pieces!

The 99 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music
The 99 Most Essential Pieces of Classical Music

Many people have a favorite composer that touches their heart, but if you like a variety of pieces and style periods or if you are unsure what classical music to pick, this recording has some of the most delightful classics from the greatest masters of music! This MP3 allows you to download all 99 selections or to choose just the ones you love the best! (The full set is a really good deal compared to choosing individual pieces.) Enjoy listening to unforgettable music from: Bach, Beethoven, Brahmns, Clark, Debussy, Dvorak, Gershwin, Grieg, Handel, Haydn, Holst, Mozart, Orff, Pachelbel, Saint Saens, Schumann, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, an others.


Ludwig Van Beethoven
Beethoven is a name almost everyone recognizes throughout the world despite their age, location, or culture. What makes this man's music stand out so clearly...

Antonio Vivaldi ~ Baroque Composer
Does listening to music of Vivaldi put a "Spring" in your step? Does his music warm your heart like the "Summer" sun? Fall ("Autumn&...

Mellow Out with Soft Jazz

Jazz Moods: Dinner By Candlelight
Jazz Moods: Dinner By Candlelight

Jazz Music of Many Artists - Jazz music has a special way of speaking to the soul in a wonderful way. The chord structures have a comfortable familiarity, while the solos carry something fresh and new. Listening to it helps unwind your mind and body to relax after a busy day.


Smooth Jazz with Stan Getz

Bossas And Ballads: The Lost Sessions
Bossas And Ballads: The Lost Sessions

The music flows beautiful from his tenor saxophone to your soul. Truly a way to relax the body and mind. Listening samples are provided at the link.

Music by Candlelight!
Music by Candlelight!

Romantic Music for Your Loved One

Imagine ... the tasty aroma of your loved one's favorite meal, the table decorated with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, the room dimly lit by candlelight. So what is missing? Romantic music, of course! Music adds so much to one's emotions and helps bring the senses alive. Play your favorite love songs or songs that have meant something special to your relationship to remind your loved one how much you love them!

Ultimate Love Songs

Ultimate Love Songs
Ultimate Love Songs

This lovely collection is filled with wonderfully romantic music from Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Gloria Estefan, Michael Bolton, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young, Gregory Abbott, Regina Belle, Dan Hill, Vonda Shepard, REO Speedwagon, Dan Fogelberg, Bad English, Mike Reno, Ann Wilson, Surface, Bangles, and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes


Recipes for Meals & Music

Dinners for Two: Cookbook with Music CD
Dinners for Two: Cookbook with Music CD

Find a fabulous recipe in this cookbook which features "recipes from the finest country inns", then make your meal a little extra special by playing the accompanying classical music CD!


Ethnic Music

Cultural Meals

So much fun!

Everyone has some special recipes that have been passed down from their parents and grandparents that take them to their cultural roots. When eating one of these favorite meals, why not listen to some music from that country? Create moods of your loved family and cozy home! It can really make one feel soothed, and take one's mind off of the busy day.

What if you like eating food from many cultures or are an "American Mutt" (a delightful blend of ethnic ancestry) as I am? Then have fun with your meals! While preparing a great variety of foods and styles from all over the world, enjoying listening to music from that country! There are some songs and instruments that you immediately know where they are from as soon as you hear them. They have a special ability to almost take you to that place when you listen. Just think of the music you would hear at your favorite ethnic restaurants. These wonderful places create a certain mood with their combination of food, atmosphere, and music. Don't forget to decorate and dress for the culture along with saying a few words in the appropriate language! :)

Mexican Music Fiesta! - Make your dinner a party!

Host Your Own Mexican Evening: Includes Fun-packed Audio Cd with Music and Games (It's a Dinner Party Pack)
Host Your Own Mexican Evening: Includes Fun-packed Audio Cd with Music and Games (It's a Dinner Party Pack)

Create a special evening!! ~ The exciting kit below contains: an audio CD ( La Bamba; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Theme; The magnificent Seven; Guantanamera); "games to play: CD Quizzes; Mexican trivia; memory games, activity games, and dice games. Host guide to introduction to the history and culture of Mexico, Regional Recipes, Invitations, name tags, plus Snip n Play games sheet."


Putumayo World Music presents 13 traditional songs from Mexico from various artists. Listen to sample by clicking the picture.

Dinner In Italy
Dinner In Italy

Transport yourself mentally to a classic cafe in Italy or to your favorite Italian restaurant right from your dining room with this soothing collection of songs. Click on the picture below, then listen to the music with your eyes closed. Can you see amazing scenes from Italy in your mind? Can you smell delicious sauces, pastas, and breads under your nose? Are you feeling more relaxed? See what the power of music can do!!

Listening to these beautiful Italian tunes for mandolin orchestra and guitar will create a wonderful atmosphere for fine dining in your home or anywhere!

Cafe Parisien: Chansons, Accordions, Croissants: 25 Original French Accordion Songs
Cafe Parisien: Chansons, Accordions, Croissants: 25 Original French Accordion Songs

Whether you would like a croissant and cafe du lait, a warm, creamy quiche, or crepe du jour, this music from France makes you feel like you are sitting at a beautiful outside cafe with a view of the Eiffel Tower!


Holiday Music

Halloween Music

The Classical Halloween Collection - Classical Music of Doom, Dread and all things Wicked!
The Classical Halloween Collection - Classical Music of Doom, Dread and all things Wicked!

I'm usually not much into Halloween type things, but as a classical musician, I could not help but get excited about the collection of music on this CD! It features 50 popular classical pieces that demonstrate darker music in minor keys and abstract harmonies such as Carmina Burana, Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ, Main Theme from Halloween, Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (as heard in The Shining), The Rite of Spring: The Sacrifice, A Night on the Bare Mountain, Suite Gothique, Requiem Mass, The Ride of the Valkyries, Pictures at an Exhibition: The Gnome, The Goldberg Variations (as heard in The Silence of the Lambs), The Firebird Symphonic Suite, A Casket made of Cypress Wood, Masonic Funeral Music for Orchestra, Requiem Mass in D Minor, Danse Macabre, Pictures At An Exhibition (Catacombs), Don Giovanni (Don Juan), The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Halloween, Symphonie Fantastique, The Planets, Psycho - Suite for Strings: The Murder, and Totentanz (Dance of Death). There are also a few pieces that seemed out of place ... i.e. the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy ... like what's with that? Anyway, good stuff for background music at your dinner party for a small price.

Essential Halloween - 50 Scary Songs
Essential Halloween - 50 Scary Songs

Pros of this recording: There are 50 great songs that you and your guests will recognize and enjoy for a holiday meal or party. Cons: They are all performed by cover artists instead of the original artists. Well done, but if you have a favorite artist for a song, it can be frustrating. So, why am I still listing this? This was the best recording of so many cool songs in one place that along with the economical price, it is a good deal. Songs include: This Is Halloween, Thriller, Monster Mash, Theme From The Addams Family, Ghostbusters, A Nightmare On My Street, Pet Sematary, I Put A Spell On You, Theme from Psycho - Prelude / The Murder, The Time Warp, Witch Queen Of New Orleans, Little Shop Of Horrors, I'm Your Boogie Man, Theme From The Munsters, There's A Ghost In My House, They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-haaa!, Witchy Woman, Devil Went Down To Georgia, Theme From Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Theme From Halloween, Purple People Eater, Love Potion No. 9, Disco Inferno, Devil With The Blue Dress On, Black Magic Woman, Wooly Bully, Splish Splash, Rock Lobster, Somebody's Watching Me, You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Abracadabra, and Ghost Riders In The Sky.


Thanksgiving Dinner Music

We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns
We Gather Together: 14 Thanksgiving Hymns

It took me a long while to find something I would want to play at my Thanksgiving meal gatherings. Many "Thanksgiving Music" recordings were great songs, but were more of the classical style - which I truly enjoy, but this collection touched me with traditional hymns that remind me of why I am thankful. Music is recorded by bluegrass musician, Craig Duncan, but are done with gentleness and simplicity on quite string instruments. Songs included are: We Gather Together, Count Your Blessings, Simple Gifts, This Is My Father's World, Come Ye Thankful People, Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing, All Things Bright And Beautiful, Faith Of Our Fathers, Showers Of Blessings, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, For The Beauty Of The Earth, How Great Thou Art, Now Thank We All Our God, and Doxology. You may listen to samples of each song to hear if it is what you have in mind for your meal.


Christmas Music

That's Christmas To Me
That's Christmas To Me

It's always fun at holiday dinner parties to have meaningful music playing in the background or to sing along with. This recording by the modern accapella group Pentatonix will be enjoyed by all ages because of their amazing vocal harmonies mixed with fun! Songs included are: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, White Winter Hymnal, Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland / Don't Worry Be Happy, That's Christmas to Me, Mary, Did You Know?, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night, and Let It Go (Bonus Track).



What do you think?

Does dinner music make a difference in your mood and dining pleasure?



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    • DataRet 4 years ago

      Definitely yes! Especially classic music!

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    • tricomanagement 5 years ago

      yes - esp when it is a candle lit supper for two

    • tricomanagement 5 years ago

      depends on the meal - but generally yes, I love to listen to music during any meal

    • sousababy 5 years ago

      I think this is a very overlooked aspect of dining. Relaxing music can slow down the urge to eat quickly and enjoy every bite.


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      • Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

        Not really. With or without music I make it a good experience.

      • slfocus 6 years ago

        No. But music you like will always give you pleasure regardless of the fact that you are having dinner or counting the meatballs in your spaghetti, while you're listening to it... LOL

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      • NadiaO LM 6 years ago

        No, as long as there is hunger :)

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      Do you have a favorite piece of music to listen to while you are dining? - Enjoy your meals!

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          tssfacts 7 years ago

          What a delightful lens. When I have had a busy day I like relaxing music. I enjoy the fast pace of Mexican music when I eat Mexican foods too.

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          Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

          We have some relaxing music CD's that we sometimes use. I also like the idea of ethnic music depending on what we're having for dinner. Makes me feel like we're in a restaurant! I love this lens - the mood changes with the music choices all the way through. Lensrolling to my Bride and Groom First & Forever Cookbook lens.

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          Heather Burns 7 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

          beautiful music lens!

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          Good food for thought! I think it might be nice to choose music for dining at home. I always appreciate good and appropriate music when dining out, so why not at home too!

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          oztoo lm 7 years ago

          I love this lens. Do you know, I have never really thought of playing dinner music. I'm really going to have to rectify that. Thanks for the lovely idea and interesting lens.

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