After more back and forth about the restaurant's existing sound system and compatibility, Wiesenthal shipped off the first iPod. "The playlist ranged from harsh electronic, including Aphex Twin, to lighter electronica by Ulrich Schnauss," she recalls. "We added in a mix of rock and indie pop from Bettie Serveert to Club 8 ... . It was just a really insane mix. Just too many genres."
As Tusquellas says, "It was too high-paced and it made people jittery during the dinner hour. It made the staff crabby. It worked better for 11 to 1 a.m. So I usually didn't turn it on until 10."
She shipped the mix back and voiced her concerns. "We needed more songs, more jazz. There wasn't enough Frank Sinatra." Wiesenthal went back to work. She loaded 350 tracks culled from their vast library. "At this point, I had had a really good, long meditation about the place. I thought about the architecture, menu location, the history of Silver Lake. The key for me was the storybook illustration [of the firehouse] from the menu. I had a 'Eureka!' moment. The Spanish tiles reminded me of lace trim [and it hit me] that there was something innately feminine about the Edendale Grill.