My family needs a new streaming music option for our Sunday night dinners. Semi-traditionalist snowflakes inside.
Sunday night is family dinner night at my house, with very rare exception. When followed by dessert and tea as it almost always is, this can go one for two or three hours, and we need a new music option to go with the meal. Here to fore we have listened to tapes and the local classical station
on the radio, but tapes require regular maintenance to rewind, flip and so forth, and the Sunday evening radio programming, while presenting a variety of small/large/choral group music, is very low-energy, which has lead family members to complain that it is making the tone of dinner "somber", "sleepy", "boring", and so forth. The only other non-boring terrestrial radio options for us here have been a jazz station that is too unpredictable in terms of tone and energy (two big band songs might be immediately followed by a loud, more experimental piece) or popular music stations that may at some point play a song with lyrics that would be inappropriate for a family dinner (though we are all over 21) or objectionable to my father and could send him into a tirade, or worse, stubborn, awkward silence.
All other questions that I've found on MeTa about dinner music have referred to dinner parties for young/er people rather than families, which is why I am presenting my question.
I am looking for recommendations of a streaming service or radio station online that I could play off my laptop, then, that might meet our needs: energetic but not high energy, family-friendly, not necessarily classical music though that has performed well, and that provides a variety. I have test-driven Songza
, but have run into the same problems with energy and lyrical appropriateness. Last.fm is too unpredictable (for example, my father enjoys 70-80s dance/funk, but it's too easy for a more explicit sex jam to work its way into the mix).
Thank you in advance for your input.