Breakfast: The first movement in Debussy's famous work for orchestra, La Mer, is entitled "From Dawn Til Noon at Sea." For this particular Monday morning, that felt like the perfect place to be. The music truly feels like you are experiencing the transformation of night into day while sitting by the oceanside. This album also includes Debussy's Rhapsody for Saxophone, a piece that makes use of an instrument that is much more common in jazz than it is in classical music. But the pairing of these two great works on this album go together like a great cup of coffee and a buttery scone.
Lunch: The band Air is a French duo that composes their own genre of music. It is probably most frequently coined as electronic, downbeat or ambient music. Whatever you want to call it, I'm a fan. And after a hearty breakfast of Debussy, this band was the perfect light lunch that I needed. This album is called Pocket Symphony. I often find this record playing while I'm doing yoga as it has a peaceful yet energizing quality to it. A great combination.
Dinner: This last pick of the day seemed rather obvious to me as I went through my record collection. Try putting on Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix during your next party. For those who haven't heard this Grammy winning album, they will certainly take notice. Music can completely change the atmosphere in the room. It is as much a compliment to a given situation as pairing the right wine with a particular meal. If you get it right, everything falls into place. If you get it wrong, the entire experience is compromised. Music, even when it's not the focal point, is still of great importance.