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Do you know what the perfect music is to listen to while cleaning? Well, for me it's my Natalie Merchant CD - The House Carpenter's Daughter which is basically a collection of old folk music interpretated by Miss Merchant. I have it as an actual CD (I know - how old school of me!) and I put it in the stereo as I spent most of the day cleaning.

My favourite song has to be this one: Which Side Are You On? written by a woman named Florence Reese who was a labour union organiser for the National Miner's Union somewhere in the States. The song was written in '32 after her husband had been arrested by the police (since there was a big struggle between the workers and the mine owners) and I don't know... I guess it's one of those songs that grows on you, but I really love it. It's sort of powerful.

(this was the only decent copy of the song that I could find on YouTube, so feel free to ignore the pictures to it, if you want)

There are a lot of other really good songs as well on that album - for example Soldier, Soldier but I couldn't find that on YouTube. It's really good soothing music on that CD if you want a recommendation.

And my room is absolutely spotless now! I feel incredibly proud :D

Date: 2009-04-19 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Oh, this sounds fantastic. Reminds me of "When They Ring the Golden Bells" at the end of her Ophelia album. I don't how old you go with folk, but I'd also recommend John Wesley Harding for some truly old school folk stylings. He did an album specifically in old folk style called "Songs of Misfortune" in which all the songs are stories and tales, usually acapella, in the form of pre-18th century folk songs.

Date: 2009-04-22 03:40 am (UTC)
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Natalie Merchant, huh? I like cleaning and doing chores to 90's europop. I don't know, it gets me pumped and makes me happy generally-speaking (I think it's the nostalgic feelings it emanates). Also, Disney songs! lol

But thanks for the rec, I'll be sure to check it out :)

Date: 2009-05-05 07:51 am (UTC)
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That sounds wonderful!


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