One of our passions is coffee. Another passion is music. Why not bring the two together? Sit back, brew a cup of Mandela coffee, and let’s take look at one of our team member’s journeys through the Java Jive.
Music & Coffee
Growing up, I was surrounded by the smell of coffee. It percolates through warm memories of snuggling deeper into comforters on cold winter mornings, the smells of cooking breakfast wafting under the door into my room. It would beckon me to hop down the stairs in pursuit of that smell, into the arms of waiting parents. I think of coffee and I think of mornings with my family, waking up seated around the kitchen table together, the smell of coffee and newspapers mingling in the air.
Oftentimes, these mornings would feature music too. My father would sometimes sing a few lines from a song to us when we first entered the kitchen. He would sing the opening lines, something along the lines of “Here comes the sun…”. One of the songs that he liked to sing while waiting for my mom to finish preparing the coffee was the Java Jive. “I love coffee, I love tea/ I love the java jive and it loves me/ Coffee and tea and the java and me/ A cup, a cup, a cup, a cup…” Music and pouring coffee became intermingled: the sounds of morning.
Music and coffee have continued to follow me as I grow older. I sing my own Java Jive in the mornings, as mornings tend to be my time of inspiration. Love of coffee is an inspiration for many artists. I seek out some of these artists who are coffee musicians. While I was an exchange student in Costa Rica the summer before college, my host mother would make me a cup of coffee every morning. Most mornings, she had the TV turned on to the national news channel. But sometimes, she would play music. One of my favorite Spanish songs about coffee is Ojalá que llueva café by Juan Luis Guerra. “Ojalá que llueva café en el campo/ que caiga un aguacero de yuca… (I hope that it rains coffee in the country/ that a downpour of yucca falls)”
Musical coffee compositions followed me to college. My sophomore year, my roommate had her own radio show. She would come up with playlists each week, cycling through a variety of songs in the testing ground of our shared dorm room. She would share an eclectic mix with me, from old songs to the new. One of these new songs was Cold Coffee by Ed Sheeran. Cold coffee, and the strumming of a guitar- to me, these sound like summer. “I'll wake with coffee in the morning/ But she prefers two lumps of sugar and tea..."
Mornings are one of the best times to look for inspiration. It is the start of a new day, of new conversations, and new songs. Many of us have preferred morning playlists. Below is a list of some of the songs featuring coffee that I have found myself listening too. I hope they help you find your own Java Jive!
- One More Cup of Coffee by Bob Dylan
“One more cup of coffee for the road/ One more cup of coffee 'fore I go…”
- Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg
“I never knew just what it was/ About this old coffee shop I love so much…”
- You’re So Vain by Carly Simone
“I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee / Clouds in my coffee, and…”
- Cold Coffee by Ed Sheeran
“I'll wake with coffee in the morning/ But she prefers two lumps of sugar and tea…”
- Ojalá Que Llueva Café by Juan Luis Guerra
“Ojalá que llueva café en el campo/ que caiga un aguacero de yuca… (I hope that it rains coffee in the country/ that a downpour of yucca falls)”
- The Java Jive by the Ink Spots
“I love coffee, I love tea/ I love the java jive and it loves me…”
Do you know of any coffee related songs? Want to share one of your favorite morning tunes with us? Send us some playlist recommendations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-The Mandela Coffee Team