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Hey Mr. (or Mrs.) DJ, Turn It Up!

La Vie Piquant

La vie piquant—the spicy life!  Everyday is filled with “piquant” moments that are pleasantly stimulation of exciting to the mind.  Whether it is in the form of food, style, design, love, entertaining, or any other inspiring idea or tangible object, “it” should be celebrated!  Here I will be sharing with you simple, beautiful, realistic, doable, and truly re-creatable recipes, entertaining ideas, and home décor pizzazz that will help you interject a little bit of “piquant” into your life – after all, we only live once.  Join me in living la vie piquant!

Hey Mr. (or Mrs.) DJ, Turn It Up!

Marc J. Sievers

Yikes!  There is nothing worse than arriving to a friends house for dinner and its so quiet, you can hear crickets.  Wrong time?  Date?  Did someone's goldfish just go belly-up?  When my guests arrive, I want them to instantly feel welcomed and like the party is already started.  Nothing does that faster than the perfect music!  I have thousands of songs pre-loaded into my home's media center, but I constantly go back to my old favorites.  Here are my top tips in selecting the perfect playlist:


  • Create a playlist that will be appropriate to the time of day of your party, and to the theme of your food.
  • Daytime events at breakfast, brunch and lunch should be supported with cheery and happy music selections.  A little French or Italian sidewalk café music can add some whimsy and frivolity while being easy on the ears.
  • For dinner, I love to play Frank Sinatra and other great artists from his genre.  I always try to evoke a swanky and chic atmosphere for my guests.
  • Jazz it up with Horace Silver for dessert as your guests sip champagne or an after dinner aperitif, like The Ricky.
  • Select music that you have pre-screened.  Nobody wants an unexpected word, phrase or chorus that may make you or your guests blush!
  • Play varied artists within the same music genre for a consistent theme across the board.

I'm constantly asked about the music choices I play when hosting a soiree.  It truly does depend on what theme, time of day and mood I am trying to achieve.  Here are just a few of my all-time favorite albums:

Its always a good sign when your guests are either singing along to the music you have selected or their feet are tap, tap, tapping away to the beat!  I hope my music selection tips really "turn up the beat" at your next party!  Now, let's dance!!