On Mondays, I typically spend my evening cleaning my bathroom floor. Just some quality time with some Clorox wipes and a Swifer that just won't quit. To keep things interesting, I sometimes put my iPhone music on shuffle (I'm a natural risk taker!). The playlist that results is both entertaining and haunting. Entertaining because there's always some random songs from the good old 90's in there. Haunting because those random songs almost always include something from the British boy band BBMak. So here it is... My essential "cleaning up your bathroom floor on a Monday night" music playlist. Enjoy!
1) BBMak "Ghost of You and Me" - This song is so completely unsettling - both catchy and depressing. And there's a ghost involved. Really, nothing makes me move my Swiffer quicker than the sound of an old British boy band singing about spirits.
2) John Cafferty "Heart's on Fire" - When we were in elementary school, my sister Kristin pooled together her resources and bought the Best of Rocky soundtrack (a 2-sided cassette tape... she meant business). She was extremely dedicated to the entire Rocky franchise even at a young age (sometimes I thought I could hear her crying in her room at night, whispering Apollo's name). When it comes to cleaning the bathroom, this song is a must. You're on your hands and knees cleaning the edge of your shower, your hair is a mess, your glasses are slipping down your nose. You start to wonder if it's worth it. And then you remember how Rocky stood up to Drago. No fancy steroids. Just heart. And suddenly it all makes sense.
3) Destiny's Child "Emotion" - Put this on when you're at the Windex stage of cleaning. Staring back at you in that clean mirror? A strong, independent woman in touch with her emotions. She may look like a hot mess. But she sure can clean a toilet.
4) Coolio "Gangster's Paradise" - The first CD my sisters and I got our little Turkish hands on was the Dangerous Minds soundtrack. Understandably, it changed our lives forever. We eyed our parents suspiciously as we sang, "They say I've got to learn, but nobody's there to teach me." Almost twenty years later, this song still makes me feel tough - like mildew's biggest, baddest enemy. Fool!
5) Leona Lewis "Bleeding Love" - Cleaning a toilet just doesn't seem so bad when you're singing at the top of your lungs with a slight British accent about how your heart is bleeding. And the Swiffer is the perfect microphone for belting out the best part of the song - "But I don't care what they say, I'm in love with you!"
6) Michael Bolton "How Am I supposed to Live Without You" - This song reminds me of one thing and one thing only. The episode of Saved by the Bell when Zack and Kelly broke up. I'll never forgive guest star Patrick Muldoon for breaking them up. And I'll never forget the heartbreaking ballad Jesse and Slater sang as Zack and Kelly danced for the very last time... until those weird college years. What this has to do with my bathroom, I'm not sure. Except that you need a powerful song to power through. This is most definitely it.
7) Enrique Iglesias "Hero" - If cleaning tiles isn't heroic, I don't know what is. And I'd like to think that's what Enrique Iglesias is referencing when he croons "You can take my breath away." You got that right, Quique. Those Clorox fumes are not for the faint of heart.
8) Michael Bublé "The Christmas Song" - At some point in my life, I became obsessed with Michael Bublé's Christmas album. Since then, my iPhone music has never been the same. No matter which artist or genre I choose, somehow a song from that album comes up. Suddenly the tiles don't seem so cold. My back not so achey. That dreaded behind-the-toilet area not so completely disgusting.