Picks and Pans Review: Music for Every Occasion
ROMANTIC EVENING Norah Jones or Diana Krall. Something to make the mood a little sweet and sexy. Both of these artists make lovemaking music. Ricky Martin or Britney Spears is just the wrong answer.
DINNER PARTY You want music that is mellow and smooth and a vehicle for conversation. Right now I love Peter Cincotti, whose new [self-titled] album has got a pop-jazz sort of feel. I also love great old stuff, like Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone.
FAMILY FUNCTION I'd put on Justin Timberlake or Kylie Minogue or anything that falls into the happy-pop category. Really you can pick any artist who is fun, fresh and simple.
HOUSE PARTY I love, love, love the Black Eyed Peas at the moment. House parties are also good times to put on Beyoncé and OutKast mixed with the new Missy Elliott [This Is Not a Test!].