Over the past months, my wife and I have developed a nice habit of playing chess in the evenings. With her never having played before, she’s learning well and has taught me how to lose graciously — a first for me. (As a kid, my older sister taught me how to cough, bump, and scatter the pieces when all is lost.)
While playing, we like music in the background, but it can’t have too much of a beat (her), or get so rowdy that it distracts (me), so we need something pretty middle-of-the-road.
We’ve played Jack Johnson’s entire catalogue… wayyyy too much. I guess that makes him a good example of what I’m looking for. ALO would be the next logical step from there, but they can get too up-tempo at times. Norah tends to hit the mark pretty well. I can take Melody Gardot in limited doses.
Who else is there that would fit in this category? Jazz and classical would not be good for this circumstance.