Starbucks recently announced that one of my favorite musicians, Joni Mitchell, would release a new album through its record label Hear Music. This announcement inspired me to come up with a list of songs I think would be well suited to a coffee drinking environment, all of which I found through the iTunes Music Store.
- Black Coffee, Peggy Lee: This bluesy number from the soulful singer is a classic.
- Café, Gipsy Kings: I love this upbeat tune from France’s flamenco favorites.
- Java, Al Hirt: Master trumpeter Hirt shines in this fun and funky instrumental.
- What I Want Is a Proper Cup of Coffee, Trout Fishing in America: Who doesn’t want a “proper cup of coffee, made in a proper copper coffee pot” (try saying that three times fast)?
- Java Jive, The Ink Spots: The Manhattan Transfer also does a great version of this song, but I especially like the slow harmonizing of this legendary vocal group.
- Afternoons and Coffeespoons, Crash Test Dummies: I’m a sucker for the lyrics of this song, based on T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
- Coffee Mornin’, Duke Ellington: A classy and mellow tune from the Duke.
- La java de Cézigue, Edith Piaf: I don’t know exactly what “Java” refers to in this song, but I love the Parisian vibe of this kicky chanson.