Imagine this, it’s 10 PM and the night before your gathering, you’ve got the caserole finishing in the oven, the veggies already chopped, but the mood isn’t quite set yet. At this point you already know I value the mood. But that mood, along with the lights, the intention of the table setting, and the energy of your space, this mood depends heavily on your music. In an effort to consider the mood of a feast, party, or simple get-together, I’ve made you a playlist. It’s one that starts soft, moves to soul, and ends with a full-on dance party, if you’re lucky.
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