My all-time favorite Jazz musicians


To me, as I’ve said it countless times, jazz is like a recurrent dream – something familiar, exotic, that I can’t define, but which still manages to surprise me every time I listen to it. And it’s sad to see that it is starting to lose its popularity in the modern era because I think it is one of those genres that stimulates your brain and relaxes you completely.

Another fellow human being who loves the genre is the famous Japanese author Haruki Murakami that harnesses the power of many great jazz songs to transport his readers to his mystical lands. Maybe it should be a hint to the general public that this kind of music still has plenty to offer. And to pay homage to that idea, here are some of my favorite jazz artists of all time.



Charles Mingus was what we would call a pioneer. He mastered the bass and added a new layer to jazz via his unique sounding creations. His style is not something that could be duplicated, which is a feature I appreciate in my artists. He had an energy that transpired through his songs, which lead him to score many awards and praises.

This next name, I think, needs no introduction. Nat King Cole was a phenomenon and a household name, and adopted a clean and straightforward style that spoke to many of his contemporaries and even to many today. Not only that his compositions are a trademark, but his instantly recognizable voice is too, and if you don’t know who he is, do yourself a favor and look him up on Youtube as you will get hooked on his tunes.

If I had to choose one jazz musician to listen to my whole life, it would be Billie Holiday. I just feel raw emotions coming from her vocal cords, not notes or words. She was unstoppable, and one female musician who indeed showed the world that women are just as good as men in any field. She alone wholly transformed the music scene and even invented a new way to manipulate tempo and phrasing.

One last artist that everyone should listen to is Ella Fitzgerald. This tragic icon was an instant addiction for me. Her music is so compelling and relevant even to this day, something that is proven by the dozens of Grammys she won over the years, and by the fact that many of the Top 100 artists quote her as a major inspiration.

This is my list of the top artist who transformed jazz for me. The list is incomplete, as many other musicians got me addicted to their sound, but it would be hard to feature them all.


Music I listen to when I clean the house


As you could probably tell from some of the other posts I have published on my blog, I love cleaning my home. I like a tidy working and living space because it helps me with my focus. However, something I have noticed over time is that I tend to get bored very easily if there is no music in the background while I take care of my cleaning chores.

The name of my blog should tell you something about the music genre that I prefer. Jazz has become less popular over the years, unfortunately, which is also the case for classic rock and other genres I’ve learned to love.

First of all, I should note that there are some services I use without having to pay a penny. One of them is YouTube, where I create playlists. The worst thing about YouTube these days is that it has a lot of ads. I’ve tried to find some means to get rid of them, and I discovered that there’s a Chrome extension called AdBlock. Ever since installing it, I can listen to dozens of songs without having to look at any ads.

Here is a playlist I have found for free, and I usually listen to when I am in a good mood and start cleaning the floors or windows. It has loads of songs from genres like jazz, soul, blues, and swing, so it makes me feel better about everything in my life.

Something else I used to love listening to was classic rock. I used to adore bands like Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and many others. I was into the whole flower power movement for a while when I was in high school, and since I listened to most of the artists who played at Woodstock for a number of years, I ended up having a habit. I start off with some songs by Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin and then move on to more ‘modern’ music.

I also like a bit of variety when it comes to cleaning solutions, scents, and anything else I might use while cleaning my home. In terms of appliances, my budget is somewhat limited as I cannot afford to get a new one every couple of months or so. Cleaning solutions, however, are way more affordable by comparison.

Also, I usually take some time to research the topic online and come up with several DIY substances that I can make using vinegar, lemon, and loads of other things that I have in my house already.

I hope that this article was useful in some way and that I have at least given you some suggestions.




The type of vacuum you need if you have allergies


I wish I could tell you right off the bat that there’s a vacuum cleaner model you can consider buying if you suffer from allergies. The fact of the matter is that it doesn’t boil down to this because there are many things you need to bear in mind. One of them is the type of design, for example. You can choose between an upright model and a canister one, and from what I’ve gathered, it appears that neither is better than the other if you have any respiratory issues.

The filtration system is, by far, the most important feature you ought to give some thought to. If the model you are thinking of purchasing does not come with a HEPA filter, you might be better off without it. There are also models that throw the dust into a container filled with water, and they’re said to do a good job at keeping the debris inside their build. Something I want to mention here is that you ought to look through some consumer reports to see whether other people with allergies have noted that there’s dust escaping the vacuum one way or the other.


The next thing to look at is whether you’d much rather benefit from using a bagless or bagged vacuum. The fact is that, from an economic standpoint, a bagless model is way more beneficial than its counterpart, but that shouldn’t be a matter of concern for you as you should be focused on keeping your health on par. Bagged vacuums are better at keeping the debris and dust inside. With bagless models, you need to empty their containers into the dustbin, which practically means that you will come in contact with the dust.


The main issue is that bagged vacuums aren’t particularly user-friendly when it comes to design. In my experience, many canister vacuum cleaners come with bags, so unless you want to use such a model, I would suggest doing a bit of research. If you live with other people who can give you a hand in this sense, you can always ask them to empty the dust compartment when you’re away from home or in another room. This might actually work if you’re getting a vac for your whole family.

Also in regard to ease of use, you will need to have a look at the shape of the wipers or base. A model that comes with a base that resembles the letter V is by far the most beneficial one I’ve tried out, and that’s because it enables you to reach areas that a typical shape cannot clean. Besides, this feature comes in handy if you’ve dropped some kibble on the floor while feeding your dog.

I hope that this post has helped you somehow and that you now know how to choose a vacuum cleaner suited for people who have allergies.


How to choose the perfect floor cleaner

Life happens on the floor. Well, you probably already know that but let me reiterate it just the same. Every action at home, at work, or anywhere else happens on the floor, whether it’s dancing, the kids playing, meetings happening, etc., which is precisely why the floor deserves as much attention as any part of the house.

In fact, it is the floor that deserves more attention than any part of the house.

So how do you choose a good machine for floor cleaning?

Know your floor

If you have kids who are just learning to walk or crawl, a carpet is the best flooring option. Once your kid starts moving about, messes are likely to occur so you will want a good carpet cleaner to handle the stains and tougher dirt. Moreover, this kind of machine will have to be used with the right type of cleaning product.

Carpet cleaners come at a premium price but you can choose a rental unit.

Ceramic tiles are quite impressive. A good electric broom is great for a clean sweep. Finding a good model is possible by reading more electric broom ratings.

Other types of floors that certainly can use a good clean sweep with an electric broom include sealed and unsealed hardwood, laminate, marble, slate and vinyl floors.


Cleaning your floor type demands the proper choice of cleaning product/s

Each type of floor demands different care. For instance, if you use any product not specified for cleaning hardwood floors, you could damage the floor entirely.

Sealed hardwood floors are safe from most cleaning products. An all-purpose floor cleaner will do nicely to make the floor looking shiny and new. An unsealed hardwood floor is not as well-protected as a sealed hardwood floor. It is best to consult the floor manufacturer about the best cleaning process for your unsealed hardwood floor.

Spills on a laminate floor will weaken and warp it. An all-purpose cleaner can be used to handle spills on laminate floors.

Despite the beauty of a marble floor, it is on the fragile side. The fragile surface of a marble floor will not withstand the harshness of most traditional floor cleaners. You will do well to clean a marble floor with just plain water. Preventive measures to keep marble floors clean include placing a doormat at the entrance to a marble floor, to clean shoes on before entering the area.

A slate floor is prone to scratches and scuff marks from pets. It also tends to catch stains readily. A slate floor requires a bit more care compared to other floor types. Slate floors need frequent sweeping, particularly with a good quality electric broom for short work. A floor sealant prevents spills from seeping in and also prevents nasty scratches.

An inexpensive flooring option, vinyl promises an extended lifespan while staying comfortable enough for your bare feet. Daily cleaning with an electric broom or your trusty manual broom and dust pan will ensure that a vinyl floor kept sparking with an all-purpose cleaner can stay free of shine-dulling scratches.