Playlist: Laundry Blues

by Carolyn Ten-Eyck ’18

So you need to do your laundry. And let’s face it: no one likes doing laundry. Maybe it’s the enormous lint balls lingering in the dryers, maybe its the long walk to the nearest working machines, maybe you just hate detergent. But have no fear! Here are some tunes to get you in the laundry washing mood.

1. Dirty Laundry – Kelly Rowland

This sparse track deals with Rowland’s past and her jealousy of Beyonce (and let’s be real, we all have a little Beyonce envy) but is ultimately a song of motivation. If Rowland can get her life together, you can wash your socks.

2. Acid Rain – Chance the Rapper

Just let this song wash over you. Chance raps about self-doubt and social injustice accompanied by a meditative beat, leaving the listener feeling soothed but perturbed. This is the ideal state of mind for laundry-doing. Just watch your clothes spin and think about life.

3. Dirty Water – The Standells

Not only is this song a garage rock classic, it’s also a tribute to Boston (a great city despite its filthy river). The water in the song may be dirty, but your clothes sure won’t be after an awesome trip to the McBride basement!

4. Spinning Wheel – Blood, Sweat & Tears

There’s nothing like watch your gym clothes whirl around while listening to a jazz-rock track about everything coming full circle.

5. Octopus Garden – The Beatles

I’d like to be under the sea too, Ringo, but tragically Ohio is landlocked. The closest I can get to frolicking in the patios of a sea mollusk right now is whipping out a lawn chair and pretending the watery depths of the washing machine are the ocean floor.

6. Cycles – Frank Sinatra

Sing it, Frank. In the midst of this November gloom, Sinatra offers a spark of hope. The future is bright. And hey, now you’ve got clean laundry.