Cleaning House? Start with the Floor

I made an investment in a steam mop a few months ago, and my husband and I agree it’s one of the best investments I’ve made.  For one thing, I like steam cleaning the floors.  I love the sound of the steam, the heat, the awareness that there is not a germ that is going to survive my relentless Napoleonic swoop of the kitchen floor.  It even smells good.  Once the floors start looking clean, I start feeling happy and energized about cleaning off the kitchen table, picking up the dirty clothes, doing the laundry, etc.  I’m on it now.


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6 a.m. Brazilian Soul Music

Good morning, positive change seekers!  It’s a great time to learn about music.

I’m learning about the songs of Dorival Caymmi from 1959, at the moment “Caymmi e seu violao,” described by Tom Moon as a “solo voice-and-guitar masterpiece” that celebrates “man’s deep connection to the sea” (153).

Have a listen:

This is Caymmi.

"swaying, simple melodies"
“hanging around the shoreline forever” (Tom Moon)

Secondly, I’m getting into a “comic opera with elaborate underwear,” as described by Tom Moon.

Here’s “Le roi malgre’ lui” by Emmanuel Chabrier.
Next, street music of the 21st century, featuring “Clandestino,” by Manu Chao.
Oh, and how about good ol’ Ray Charles?  Was it something I said?
That lucky ol’ sun is about to come up.  Let’s make it a great day.  Make one positive change.

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It’s getting cold in here

It’s getting cold in here.

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6 a.m. Caruso

It’s time to start getting ready for the work day.  I’ve got Enriquo Caruso here with me to inspire me.

The Magnificent

This will get you going in the a.m.!

A Breakfast Guest

Showering with Bach

Actually, I’ve got Caruso and J.S. Bach here in my living room — a provocative combination.  Here’s a taste of what’s going on now.  I had violins in my head during my morning shower, which probably helped to lead me to do something else new… exfoliate the derriere.  A quick couple of minutes, and ta da… a smoother hiney.  Out of the shower, spray on my Stress Relief Body Mist, Eucalyptus Spearmint, wrap a towel around me, and listen to the sounds of the dripping shower and the slight hum of the heater.  Otherwise, beautiful silence here for a minute before I dive into some more music.

Le’t’s go witha Mangue Beat Manifesto…

My friend just called with an emergency request for me to get her kids to school, so this has got to be a time-cruncher.  To the dryer we go for some fresh clothes.


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New Habits

Lovely Ladies

Now we just need one of these outfits.

I’m up at 5:45 a.m. with my mind on doing something new this morning.  I started by NOT automatically turning on the television or turning up the heat (thus saving both electricity and my brain for something better).  I listened to some offbeat folk music recommended by the wonderful Tom Moon and his book 1,000 Recordings to Listen to Before You Die.  Here’s that bit of music for you.

Now let’s have another piece of music and see what else we can get into this morning, all you people out there who want to start a new habit on December 1, 2011.  How about “The Heart of the Samba,” byCartola?

Here we go:

I don’t know how to samba, which is something I want to look into. There’s no better time than now.  I just did four minutes of Samba…  a quick and dirty YouTube beginner’s three moves.  Try it!

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