It was at the end of a 6-course dinner party that had trailed on into the wee hours of the morning. Conversation had finally begun to fail and everyone was belly-full and half-asleep, at the bottom of a wine- and caffeine-fueled arc that had sailed us through a desert course that started at midnight.
The host was a great cook but unfortunately the kind who does not put things away as he cooks, so the kitchen, visible from the table, was an amazing wreck. And no-one wanted to clean.
Nor did anyone want to be the first to leave without offering. So we all just kept sitting there, and every now and then someone would try to rev the converation, and meanwhile the hours ticked by and it was all getting a little ridiculous.
Finally, another guest suggested Disco Kitchen. We looked at her blankly. She got up, went over to the stereo, and turned on James Brown's "Make It Funky." Within seconds we were all up on our feet, clearing plates and scrubbing pots. And dancing.
That kitchen was clean in no time.
We tell this story because it applies to other messes besides the one in the kitchen. If you're procrastinating the spring cleaning tasks still ahead of you, know that we can do no better in our quest to support you than to offer up a sampling of our own (disco and beyond) "get-it-done" soundtrack.
Add your own tunes ...and then go finish your cleaning.
&bull Bongo Bong, Manu Chao
&bull Mr. Big Stuff, Jean Knight
&bull The House That Jack Built, Aretha Franklin
&bull Hey Ya!, OutKast
&bull The Magic Number, De La Soul
&bull Galang, M.I.A.
&bull Rudie Can't Fail, The Clash