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post #1 of 39 Old 12-20-2019, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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Your favourite house-cleaning / chores music

The idea for this thread really started last week, like this:


So you're in Australia, on the first day of a heatwave with temperatures forecast to hit 39-40 degrees C for the next three days. You do all your important work early in the morning before it gets too hot. Guests have just left and in your innocence, you say, "I'm going to air the guest room for a bit, while it's still cool-ish." So you open the French doors.

Ten minutes later, you re-enter the room and find yourself in an impromptu scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie. There are flies everywhere - all over the ceiling and walls and every available surface. Hundred of flies, possibly thousands - you've never seen anything like this before. There's several dozen large flesh-eating blowflies, oodles of those medium-sized annoying bushflies that crawl into people's eyes and up their noses, hordes of tiny little flies with lacy wings, and a plethora of midges, all over every surface you can see.

After the initial shock of seeing this mass gathering of the order Diptera all over the room, you grow freshly alarmed at the thought that they might do number twos all over your pristine white ceiling and plaster. So you brainstorm ways to remove them quickly. Fly spray is not an option - you don't like poisoning people, not even strangers, and it might actually make the cleanup messier to kill all these insects. You experiment with chasing them back out of the open French doors, but the buzzing dark clouds you raise from one surface just re-settle on another.

So you hit upon the idea of vacuuming them all up. That should work, but it's going to be extremely tedious. So you close the French doors, get your iPod, and work to music while you stand on a chair and run the sofa attachment in sweeps all over the ceiling, and then the walls. The midges all get sucked down the vortex first go; the little lacy-winged flies are nearly as easy. The bushflies require chasing and persistence. The blowflies are very tricky to catch - it's best to wait until they settle on the door glass, and then go after them.

The iPod starts to play Lullaby when you're back to standing on your chair, extending the vacuum wand all over the place like some long-limbed insectivore having a rather extended dinner - and you think, "Perfect! Yes! This is as excellent as when The Stranglers' Golden Brown came on by fortuitous coincidence when I emptied the compost toilet cartridge into the hot compost bin last year!"

And as you're suctioning up hundreds of flies, you sing along, with dark emphasis, to the bit that goes, "The spiderman is having you for dinner tonight!" Bwahahahahaha!

This wasn't work I really needed, on top of everything. I shall have to organise a flyscreen for those French doors. But, it was work made not only bearable, but memorable, by that musical coincidence!


This little incident brings up a general topic...

For most of us, life involves doing some tasks we don't especially look forward to, around the house and the outdoors. If we avoid doing them, we end up living in a wallow (unless outsourcing the dirty work) and perhaps the house will crumble down around us and serve as our mausoleum:

Here lie Henry and Madeleine, who always put off their chores until their own ceilings fell on them, and this was after they contracted fungal pneumonia from the spores of their mouldy house and could barely crawl around anymore.

So that this fate doesn't befall us, we roll up our sleeves and get on with it. We don't wait to "feel like" doing chores, because this is a recipe for eternal procrastination for many things that need to be done on a regular basis - we just do them, because they need to be done.

But, these tasks can be so much more enjoyable if you've got good podcasts, audio drama or music to listen to - then you don't feel like you are pouring your lamentably finite life down the drain. Music especially has the added advantage that some sorts can energise you and actually help you work faster.

So, this is the thread where you can post your music recommendations for various tasks.

I'll give some examples of things that work for me: For some reason, the live Cure album Paris is just right for when I have to mow lawns around the place. Here's a sample:

It's become my go-to whenever I get the electric mower out of the shed. (An electric mower is nice and quiet so doesn't interfere with headphone music, and unlike fuel-powered models makes no pollution for the operator to inhale, and the whole shebang gets recharged off the solar panels that power our off-grid house.) Paris has a lovely mix of songs, some contemplative, others a bit more upbeat, and it just goes with late afternoon sunlight and working with green grass.

The other day, my husband suggested this as the classic song for vacuuming:

I had to dig a ditch a while back, and found this number very helpful for doing very physical work:

And the Cure song Lullaby's uses just keep growing and growing... already one of my all-time favourite songs which I actually need no excuse to listen to, it's so wonderfully theatrical and black-humorous and gorgeously constructed musically, don't get me started... anyway, it's actually extra funny if it comes up on your playlist when you're dealing with spiders and/or cobwebs, as I was the other day when cleaning the house exterior - sooooo many spiders in the Australian bush!

...and it's even funnier if you are the spider, a situation I found myself in the other day, which had made a horrible, "I really didn't need another job to do" situation into something quite funny.

So what are your favourite musical choices for when you have to do your chores?

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my favorite chore music is a true crime podcast
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These days I have to turn on TV and tune into something I really don't care about watching. When a commercial comes on I vacuum a room then sit down and wait for the next commercial, etc... Takes me 10X longer but it's the only way I can clean house and still stand upright the next day.
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I'm sorry to hear that, @JCnGrace . I wish you the best possible health for 2020.

@WildestDandelion , whatever works! And I think the puzzle aspect of crime is probably very useful in keeping your mind off what you're actually doing as much as possible! I love podcasts too, and usually listen to those gardening or fencing / doing general repairs.

@aubie , seems like that little number would infuse you with a lot of energy!

Here's some folk / fusion music which is also pretty good for speeding up what you have to do:

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I'm more grunge when I have to get something done quick.... spring cleaning... especially blowing leaves, I have lots of leaves!!! So I will put in my earbuds and just listen.

Nirvana... I like most of their songs but Heart shaped box and Lithium are my favorite
Pearl Jam... Even flow favorite then Jeremy
Alice in Chains... Man in the Box favorite then Rooster

I would do videos but I really like the music but not the videos so much.

But I like all kinds of music! After those then it's usually Super Tramp or Eagles
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It is really funny/interesting reading this. I know most people like to listen to music all the time and I am a strange in that I prefer absolutely nothing, no music, no extra noise. I cannot do more than one source of noise (e.g., vacuum cleaner, car engine) at a time or else it gives a headache, makes me feel nauseous, makes me irritated, and I cannot concentrate and feel overwhelmed. It greatly annoys DH because he, like most people, would like to have some accompanying tunes while doing chores, making dinner, or in the car. But I am always asking to turn things off.
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Thanks Sue!
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Sometimes it's Sade. Other times it's Muddy Waters. Still others Steve n Seagulls. Walk off the Earth. Tash Sultana. The HU Band. Some Russians whose name I am unable to spell on my keyboard. Omni. Sona Jobarteh. Antonio Aguilar or his daughter.

There's a world of music out there. And sometimes a seeming world of dust or mud in my house!
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Well, @boots , you're the first person to mention Sade to me in a long time - and she has such a lovely voice. So here's a clip:

...maybe this could be misappropriated for vacuuming!

I think it's a good thing to have a personal expansion into the world of music while causing a reduction in the world of dust, mud, and mess in one's house!

@JCnGrace , you're welcome.

@lb27312 , it's actually really funny to be listening to grunge while making the house less grunge-y!

@MeditativeRider , I can't listen to music while eating because otherwise I don't have a nice eating experience - sensory overload!
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