My day is much the same as yours, I’d imagine.

There are windows of time in which I am remarkably present, refilling my water glass, passing the raisins, lost in a riveting conversation with Bee about small intestines, sharks, small intestines in sharks.

And then there are the other times. Windows of time that feel underwater, prosaic. Moments where I live in my head, thinking, always thinking. Times where I distractedly spread pureed banana onto my sandwich instead of the chipotle mayo I thought I reached for. Minutes that blur together by as I makeeggsprepbottlesuntanglehairtieshoeswipefacesfeeddogspeelorangesloaddishesofferBand-Aidsswitchthewhites…

It is in these minutes I pause, blink. Recalibrate, call for Bee.

Dance party? I ask, spatula microphone in hand, as she runs into the living room to turn on the receiver.

And so, this one’s for us all: Our Kitchen Dance Party Playlist



p.s. Tell me: what’s your go-to kitchen dance party song? I’d love to add it to our list!

  • Great list! My nine-year-old loves playing albums on my husband’s turntable. The “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack is a big fave, as is the Violent Femmes album we own. “Blister in the Sun” came on in the car on the way to school yesterday and my two-year-old, Juliet, starts hollering at her brother, “Jacky! Jacky! We like this song!!” And then she proceeds to car dance with excited fists all the way through car line- lol! Not the most wholesome of lyrics but I remember as a kid being drawn to songs for their rhythms and being oblivious to the words, which seems to be the case here, too.

  • Oh my goodness I needed this! I’ve been searching for a playlist as wonderful as this! Thank you for always giving voice to what I am feeling in my heart.

  • What a fabulous list!! I’m so excited that you have 500 miles on there. Forrest is a fan of the Black Eyed Peas (I ignore the bad words), Pitbull’s Fireball, Meghan Trainor’s Better When I’m Dancing and All About That Bass, the song Happy, a bunch of the Caspar Babypants songs like Eleanor the Elegant Elephant, and a variety of upbeat kid songs I found on Amazon. It has to be stuff I’m willing to listen to, too.

    = )

  • I love this so much. It’s one of the most relatable things the internet has offered to me in a while.
    One song that somehow always gets me up off the couch and into work-mode is “Gold” by Sir Sly. It’s just got this feel to it that makes me need to move.

  • I can totally relate to that kind of window-time – when you think you reach out for salt but you grab pepper instead. When I want to calm myself in the morning, usually I always start my day with this song :
    It’s a band from Indonesia, and this song has a calming effect on me.

    p.s : isn’t dance party in the kitchen the best?

  • Haha, lots of hearts for kitchen dance parties! Here we dance most on anything from Justin Timberlake, ‘En Route’ from ‘tourist Le MC’ (it’s in dutch, so you’ll miss the wonderful poetry of his words, but it’s also good for just dancing), ‘saudade par 2’ from ‘Arsenal’,…..

  • Thanks for your list. YES, you have great music taste! ;) Our kitchen playlist often currently consists of Uptown Funk or Shut Up and Dance or something Justin Timberlake…BUT…the Beatles and Michael Jackson get a lot of ai rtime too. I love Walk of Life by the Dire Straits, or Dancing in the Dark/Bruce Springsteen, because my dad used to always play it for me during our kitchen dance parties.

  • What a fun list!! You’ve got some of my all-time favorites:) Gitchee Gitchee Go from Phineas & Ferb is at the top of our list for kitchen (and car!) dance parties…SUCH a great song! xoxo

  • My kids love “slugs and bugs and lullabies” album by Randall good game and Andrew Peterson…over and over and over!

  • OMG! It’s like you read my mind and give me what my heart desired dearly…Awesome playlist – i love it. And boy, am i glad you’ve got 500 miles in there. I mean, who would deny the fun and invorgration of go-to kitchen dance party.

    Thank you.

  • What wonderful memories you’re creating! When I was Bee’s age (more than 20 years ago, ah!), my mother’s go-to kitchen dance party song was “Stir It Up” by Patty LaBelle… on cassette tape, of course. I still listen to it every now and then for a pick-me-up and am instantly transported to the days of twirling on the laminate with my own spatula microphone ;)

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