As a child of the 80s, I believe that there is no ill in this world that a good mix tape cannot cure. Whether I was trying to impress a new crush or preparing for a road trip, I would take great pride in creating a musical masterpiece.
I’ve also started using the power of the mix tape to get myself to do those things that I otherwise have a hard time getting fired up to do. The best thing about creating your own list of songs to enjoy is that you don’t have to waste time (or get distracted by) skipping tracks on CDs, or be bored by radio commercials. Since I’ve had great success using a personal mix for jogging (which I used to hate to do, and now I kind of look forward to), I figured it was time to start using a mix for cleaning! And it works like a charm!
The formula to a legendary mix tape is this: songs you love with all your heart + pure cheese that you can’t help but love = an awesome musical journey. This is especially true for a Clean House Mix Tape – you need the songs that you sing along with, mixed with the songs you smile along with. Here’s mine:
- What You Waiting For – Gwen Stefani
- I Turn My Camera On – Spoon
- Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
- Phone Call #27 – Admiral Twin
- Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Lifestyle – Cake
- Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
- Change Your Mind – The Killers
- Rock Lobster – The B-52s
- November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
- I Held Her In My Arms – Violent Femmes
- Toxic – Britney Spears
- Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
[LG]Here’s a great way to listen to your mix![/LG]
So, what about you? What songs get you inspired? Let me know in the comments! I’m always looking to start a new mix!
PS – I know that the term ‘mix tape’ is kind of outdated – but I can’t help it! Nothing else sounds right. Mix CD? Mix Playlist? No way!