Today’s Morning Drive Rush Hour Playlist (2012.10.15)

10/15/2012 § Leave a comment

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Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) / The Hollies

Take Me There /  Joyce Cooling

Rock Steady / The Whispers

Can This Be Real / Walter Beasley

Shake and Dance With Me / Con Funk Shun

Me, Myself and I / Beyonce

Just In Case (Remix)/ Jaheim

I’m So Into You / SWV

Disco Lady / Johnnie Taylor

Stayin’ Alive / The Bee Gees


Today’s Morning Drive Rush Hour Playlist (2012.10.12)

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Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress) / The Hollies

Sunrise /  Simply Red

Soul Finger / The Bar-Kays

Save Room / John Legend

She’s Strange / Cameo

Sumthin’ Sumthin’ / Maxwell

Tonight / Kleeer

Everybody Wants You / Billy Squier

Taking the Waterfront by Force / Ian Darby

Get Down on It / Kool & The Gang

Shuffle Set For Today’s Rush Hour Drive 01.23.2012

01/23/2012 § Leave a comment

Songs from my iPod today:

West Coast Poplock — Ronnie Hudson and The Street People — Street Jams Back 2 the Old Skool, Vol. 3

Must Be The Music (Radio Edit) — Secret Weapon — Must Be The Music

Hello Like Before — Vanessa Williams — The Real Thing

Hey Mr. D.J. [Remix] — Zhane — Pronounced Jah-Nay

Joe Cool — B. B. King — Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown!

Samba Blue — Michael Franks — Time Together

Eye 2 Eye — Najee — No. 1 Smooth Jazz Hits!

Heartbreaker (Part 1, Part 2) — Zapp & Roger — All The Greatest Hits

Groove Is In The Heart — Rick Braun — Yours Truly (With Bonus Track)

In Too Deep — Genesis — Genesis: The Hits – Turn It On Again

Spotlight — Jennifer Hudson — Jennifer Hudson (Bonus Track Version)

Got To Give It Up (Instrumental) — The Funk Brothers — Got To Give It Up (Single)

Watching You — Loose Ends — The Best of Loose Ends

Acoustic Lady — Earl Klugh — Heart String

Ain’t Leavin’ Without You — Jaheim — Another Round

Shuffle Set For Today’s Rush Hour Drive – 10.21.2011

10/21/2011 § Leave a comment

Songs from my iPod today (it’s a great set):

Fantastic Voyage — Coolio — It Takes a Thief

I’d Rather Be With You — Bootsy Collins — Stretchin’ Out in Bootsy’s Rubber Band

Time Out of Mind — Steely Dan — Gaucho

In a Sentimental Mood — John Coltrane & Duke Ellington — The Very Best of John Coltrane

Backstrokin’ — Fatback — Hot Box

A Song For You (featuring Christina Aguilera) — Herbie Hancock — Possibilities

Waiting in Vain — Lee Ritenour & Maxi Priest — A Twist of Marley – A Tribute

Save the Last Dance — Mindi Abair — It Just Happens That Way

Midnight At The Oasis — Ramsey Lewis Trio — Narada Jazz: The Singles

Maria (Spinner Cee Remix) — Santana

Dolores in Pink — Joyce Cooling — Global Cooling

Lovin’ You — Minnie Riperton — Capitol Gold: The Best of Minnie Riperton

Anytime — Brian McKnight — Anytime

Philadelphia Freedom — Elton John

Share My Life — Kem — Intimacy

I Swear — Jim Brickman — Love

Close the Door — Jeffrey Osborne — From the Soul

Shuffle Set For Today’s Rush Hour Drive – 10.19.2011

10/19/2011 § Leave a comment

Songs from my iPod today:

Woodpecker — Kelly Politzer Trio — Watercolor

Mexico — Ed Smith — Lifescapes – Sail Away – Smooth Jazz

Love Me or Leave Me — Cal Tjader Quintet — Monterey Concerts

‘Tis So Sweet — Jim Brickman — Faith

We Go a Long Way Back — Bloodstone — Bloodstone: The Ultimate Collection

Shake — The Gap Band — 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection – Best of The Gap Band

You Make Me Feel Brand New — Simply Red — Songs of Love

Hour Glass — Ed Smith — Lifescapes – Sail Away – Smooth Jazz

Harlem Nocturne — Kofi — Harlem Nocturne

Can You Feel It — Kem — Intimacy

Breathless — Vanessa Williams — The Real Thing

Natural High — Bloodstone — Bloodstone: The Ultimate Collection

O Nosso Amor — Vince Guaraldi Trio — Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

Boogie Nights — Heatwave — Too Hot To Handle

Friends and Strangers — Ronnie Laws — The Best of Ronnie Laws

Save the Last Dance — Mindi Abair — It Just Happens That Way

Shuffle Set For Today’s Rush Hour Drive – 10.18.2011

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Songs from my iPod today (in order): 

Shotgun — Jr. Walker & the All Stars

The Ghetto (Reprise) — Too $hort

Round Up — Sam Spence — The Power and The Glory: Original Music of NFL Films

Give Me The Night — George Benson

I Just Want To Be — Cameo

Four — Miles Davis Quintet — Workin’ (RVG Remaster)

Cantaloop — US3 — Rare Requests – Smooth Jazz

Be That Easy — Sade — Soldier of Love

Nite and Day — Al B. Sure — 80s Club: Rhythm of the Night

Acode (feat. Vanessa Da Mata) — Sergio Mendes & Vanessa Da Mata — Encanto

Around 12:15 A.M. — Alex Bugnon — Love Season

Vibe — Zhane — Pronounced Jah-Nay

Jammin’ – Grover Washington, Jr. — Love Songs

When I Give My Love To You — Michael Franks — The Best of Michael Franks

Let Me Clear My Throat (Old School Reunion Remix ’96) — DJ Kool feat. Biz Markie & Doug E. Fresh

When I’m With You — David Sanborn — Inside

Born To Be Wild — Steppenwolf

Dream — Brad Mehidau — Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Clumsy (Collipark Remix) feat. Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em — Fergie

Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) — Babyface and Gwyneth Paltrow — Duets

Shoe Was On The Other Foot — Patti Labelle — Flame

Everything — Michael Buble

Time — The Alan Parsons Project

The Pony Soldiers — Sam Spence — The Power and The Glory: Original Music of NFL Films

Rush Hour is Risky Business

09/27/2010 § Leave a comment

Maybe it’s just me, but I have observed that rush hour traffic in the outerbelt freeways of Cleveland is much more difficult to navigate today than in previous years.  I have observed more instances of aggressive, if not careless driving, and the number of courteous drivers on the road have dwindled greatly.  This combination seems to have also led to a greater frequency of fender benders, as well, although a major contributor to these types of accidents almost certainly is distracted driving.  I also don’t care much for drivers that move too slowly within the flow of traffic.  No one should have to jam on their brakes on a freeway because a driver in front is moving along at a pace that requires a sundial instead of a stopwatch.

For a little while, as a game, I would observe and count the number of drivers in passing vehicles (or cars that I would pass because they were driving so slowly) who were on their cell phones.  On some occasions, it was one out of every three drivers that was on the phone.  One day, it was actually an average of one out of every two drivers.  Now, I am not in favor of banning cell phones while driving–I have concerns with the constitutional ramifications of intrusion upon our personal liberties.  I believe that common sense in the proper use of cell phones is about personal responsibility.  At least the cell phone drivers are most often looking at the road when they are driving.  The really dangerous drivers are the ones who decide to look down at their phones while hurtling down the road at 60 plus miles per hour.  Seeing a texter at work in a fast-moving vehicle will quicken your heartbeat, for sure.  Couple this behavior with the self-centered, aggressive drivers who insist on driving on the bumper of the vehicle in front of them, or those who don’t merge into lanes…they change lanes in an attack mode…and you have all of the makings of a potential nightmare.  It is definitely through God’s grace that there is not more carnage on the freeways at any given time of the day–let alone rush hour.  None of this missive includes people who still insist on disdaining the use of a designated driver and getting behind the wheel while impaired.

About two and a half years ago, I was in a serious automobile accident on I-480 that I was able to miraculously walk away from without any injuries.  It was, unquestionably, God’s protection that kept me safe.  My car was rear-ended on I-480 by an 18-wheeler carrying a load of steel that collided into at least one other truck behind me.  It pushed both of us at least a couple hundred feet along the expressway, and my car into a van in front of me that was sent careening off the highway.  As a result of this accident, I am extremely aware of my surroundings when I am on the road.  I don’t care much for the large truck sightings in the rear view mirror, but God has been gracious to keep me from experiencing a lot of discomfort while driving.  I have to drive to work like most people, and I cover several miles of highway daily; therefore, it’s good to be able to handle the task.  I sometimes, however, have to catch myself to avoid getting very angry at those drivers who are not focused on the road or who are overly aggressive.  My temper is definitely shorter than it used to be–most likely because I am a little nervous about getting into another accident and witnessing too much stupidity to bear at that given moment.  I also seem to witness at least one damage accident on the road each day.  To see a crash at least once a day doesn’t make me feel any better, but it does help me to appreciate that I could have been in that same accident if I had not been delayed before getting on the road or if I had not left home or work earlier than my normal departure time.  I will never discount God’s presence, even in protection.

I don’t expect that driving rush hour will be anything enjoyable in the future–it will be much like a chore, for sure.  It doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience, either.  I wish people would be more considerate of others by just paying attention to the road and less attention to their electronics.  Driving used to be enjoyable, but it has become less about transportation and more about self-preservation.

Thanks for slowing down a little.

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