Housewife Confidential - My Official Soundtrack
I did promise a post on housekeeping, and I hate to break my promises. But then I realized that it's Friday, and really, who wants to think about housekeeping on a Friday? And then I realized, well, I am going to be doing a lot of housework on Friday (insert frown-y face here), and I bet a lot of my blogland friends will be, too. How, I wondered, could I make this better for all of us?
.....I scratched my head, and discovered that doesn't help.....
.....I pondered some more.
Just when I was starting to despair that there was really no way to make the Friday chores fun, it came to me...every housewife needs a great soundtrack! Why not share mine?
I never clean without music. Sometimes I like to listen to a whole album or tune into an internet radio station, but usually I pick and choose singles from my iTunes library. This can be a bit time consuming as I hop from playlist to playlist, so I decided to create a housework playlist that I can update from time to time.
My playlist is rather eclectic, with samples from many eras and genres. I'm not a music snob, I like what I like and I listen to it without apology. There is, however, a science to my playlist.
I start with some really high energy, catchy modern hits, like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. This is to get me up and moving. I'll follow these with a few more up-tempo songs to keep the energy up. Here's where you'll find Metric, Sam Roberts, and Gnarls Barkley.
After these, it's time for the 80's!!! Eighties tunes take up a good chunk of my playlist; I like them because they are great songs to sing and dance along to. I accomplish a lot during the eighties! My current playlist includes The Pet Shop Boys, Roxette, and REM.
At this point my playlist takes on a retro feel, despite the fact that some of the songs are fairly modern. I do, however, have Elvis in there...it's fun to dance with your mop to The King! Keeping company with Elvis are Duffy, Goldfrapp, and Sally Seltmann.
The next few songs are rock and alternative and create the perfect energy to keep pushing through to the end. I've included songs by Stars, Hugh Dillon, The White Stripes and Queen.
The last few tunes slow things down while I put away cleaning supplies, light candles, and make a cup of tea. My list finishes with Foreigner's power ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is," and Feist's "1, 2, 3, 4."
Here's the whole playlist. It's 26 songs, and plays for 1.6 hours:
1. Hot N Cold - Katy Perry
2. Poker Face - Lady Gaga
3. Gimme Sympathy - Metric
4. Brother Down - Sam Roberts
5. Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
6. How You Like Me Now? - The Heavy
7. It's The End of the World As We Know It - REM
8. Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant
9. The Look - Roxette
10. Always On My Mind - The Pet Shop Boys
11. Heaven Is A Place On Earth - Belinda Carlisle
12. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
13. Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
14. Rocket - Goldfrapp
15. Harmony to My Heartbeat - Sally Seltmann
16. Mercy - Duffy
17. Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
18. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
19. Fixed - Stars
20. Reel to Reel - Hugh Dillon
21. You're My Heart - Lioness
22. Prickly Thorn, But Sweetly Worn - The White Stripes
23. Crazy (James Michael Mix) - Alanis Morisette
24. I Want to Break Free - Queen
25. I Want to Know What Love Is - Foreigner
26. 1, 2, 3, 4 - Feist
Do you listen to music while you clean? Is so, what are some of your favorites?
Have a great weekend! See you next week!