Songs you should hear (cooking edition)

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BY CAITLYN RALPH AND JASMINE RESPESS

A lot happens in the music world between the Catalyst’s weekly production schedule. While Caitlyn and Jasmine would love to cover it all, they can’t – so, instead, we gave them a category and had them write up bite-sized blurbs on a handful songs from that category. This week’s best cooking songs – take a look at the results below.

“Tears dry on their own” – Amy Winehouse
I often listen to this when I make dinner. This song, like much of the Back to Black album is very sad. If I cry, I just act like it’s the onions.

“Trap Queen” – Fetty Wap
I genuinely thought this song was about cooking chicken parmesan. Far off from the actual content but still a good song for stirring it up in the kitchen.

Blended Family – Alicia Keys
My mother and I used to listen to Alicia keys when we baked. Most of her songs are classics, but her new album is features this touching song about modern families. So, it is a perfect song to listen to while cooking, eating and bonding with family blood or chosen.

“Milk And Cookies” – Melanie Martinez

Melanie Martinez is a 21-year-old singer with the most unique style in music right now. Boasting a twisted vintage baby look, Martinez created a candy-coated debut album that is anything but sugary pop music, often delving into complex ideas through extended metaphor. “Milk And Cookies” starts like the battle scene in a movie before falling for Martinez’s catchy vocals, complete with the characteristic lyric, “Hush, little baby, drink your spoiled milk / I’m fucking crazy, need my prescription filled.”

“Brain Food” – Milk Teeth

A perfect punk song, “Brain Food” is literally about being bored. The track is representative of Milk Teeth’s old school grunge-punk style, channeled in an awesome chorus that cuts up heavy guitars with frontwomen Becky Blomfield’s vocals.

“Pink Lemonade” – The Wombats

“Pink Lemonade” by the Wombats has nothing to do with the drink. (To be honest, I’ve just chose songs with some kind of food item in the title – they may or may not be good to play while cooking, I’m not sure.) However, the protagonist in this track has realized his partner is cheating on him, and, like taking a nice swig of refreshing pink lemonade, comes to terms with the situation. The song’s bitter lyrics are disguised by suspiciously light-hearted instrumentation, creating a sarcastic anthem for anyone who’s had their heart broken by an ill-fated lover.

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