Kitchen Swing

My kitchen knows very little silence. Clattering pans, rattling dishes, a scrap-seeking dog and two snack-seeking children—this is the soundtrack of my culinary endeavors. It’s a recipe for rattled nerves.

Or it would be, if it weren’t for my secret weapon against cooking commotion: Pandora. Thanks to the wonders of Internet radio, my kitchen is filled with perfectly shuffled music that floats above the racket, turning mundane meal prep into the highlight of my day.

I don’t even make coffee without firing up Pandora. I have a station for every holiday, every occasion, every mood. There’s Vampire Weekend for breakfast. The Lumineers for lunch. Mix in a little Phoenix, Fleetwood Mac, Temper Trap, Paul Simon and Band of Horses at dinnertime. Stir well and enjoy.

And then there’s my favorite Pandora station: The Andrews Sisters. “The Whatsy Whos?” you ask. The Andrews Sisters. These ladies lit up the airwaves in the 1940s with dazzling harmonies and upbeat tempos that lifted wartime spirits. Their music is just as wonderful and relevant today, particularly if you’re in the mood to dance. (And I always am.) Whenever my kids join me in the kitchen, we flip on the Andrews Sisters and rock-step our way to the dinner table.

Here are some of our favorite songs from The Andrews Sisters Radio on Pandora. Tune in yourself, and don’t be surprised if you find a little extra swing in your step while prepping your evening meal.

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrews Sisters

Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte

Summertime by Billie Holiday

In the Mood by The Glenn Miller Orchestra

I’ve managed to convert many friends to The Andrews Sisters Radio on Pandora. Swing may not be your thing, but if you appreciate great music that’s part of the fabric of American culture, do give this station a try!

— Sarah