Duets: New School to Old School

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I’ve Changed (K. Cole & Jaheim)/If She Breaks Your Heart (Foreign Exchange f/ Zo! & YahZarah)/Stay Together (Ledisi f/Jaheim)/Meant to Be (Kindred the Family Soul)/Close the Door (Kenny Latimore & Chante Moore)/Alone (Mary J. Blige f/ Dave Young)/Dealing (Eric Roberson f. Lalah Hathaway)/My First Love (Angela Winbush & Rene Moore)/Is It Still Good to Ya (Ashford & Simpson)/What Kind of Fool (Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb)/Without Us (Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams)/It’s All in the Game (George Clinton f/ Belita Woods)/Hope that We Can Be Together Soon(Harold Melvin f/ Sharon Paige)/ This Must be Heaven (Lamont Johnson)


Sunday Slowdown Ep. 9

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The 1st Sunday of Spring proper. The rose-tinged sun has slipped below the horizon. Indecisive as Spring is here in fair-weather DC, these cuts are sure to get someone somewhere in the mood…..Let Spring fever begin:

Head to To- E. Roberson.Put It on You-Big Brooklyn Red/(If You Ain’t) Comfortable-Lynden David hall/Supa Luva-Leela James/Tossin’ and Turnin’-TonyToniTone/Come On Over-Conya Doss/All I Want is U-Tamar Davis/Satisfied-Jonz/Coolin’-Marlon Saunders/Honeybaby-Caretta Bell/One Night-Jacy

Sunday Slowdown Ep. 9

Sunday Slowdown Ep. 5

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I want very much to speak about Whitney Houston’s passing and her Going Home ceremony.  Every R&B music blogger knows her importance in our medium. Hers in a unique lexicon, and in paying an appropriate tribute, it’s important to get the right adjectives with the correct nouns. Syntax is significant.

I’m not ready yet.  So I’m serving a simple and neat helping of neo-soul from artists both quite familiar and a few less so. It’s an easy Sunday supper with mellow and quiet soul to bring the calm back.

Peace & Blessings

Love Ashaki

Track List

Why Can’t I See (Kendra Ross)/ In Love w/You (Chris Youngblood)/Break Up to Make Up (Sam Bostic)/ What They Gonna Do (Pru)/ Goodbye (Hil St. Soul)/ Save Your Love (Felicia Adams)/ Bittersweet (Siji)/ The Book (Keplyn)/Hope She’ll Be Happier (Sweetback)/Always Remember (Sirius B Project f. Donnie)

Sunday Slowdown Ep.3

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Washington, DC weather, like its’ politics, refuses to make a firm decision about the weather. We’re stuck in  a  beautiful Indian Summer that makes sipping Hot Toddy’s and Buttered Rum Apple Cider feel premature.  The sun is dropping slow into the hills of Rock Creek park, and spiderweb streaks of honey and gold sunlight stretch over trees quietly shedding their leaves. It’s too early in the season for the weight and sophistication of the Hot Toddy. There is still youth left in the changing weather.  This Sunday Slowdown is dedicated to “the between” times. While it’s another selection of classics, we’ve stuck to the 80’s and 90’s, offering  gems from Cameo to Vesta*.  The perfect accompaniment: a chilled White and a view.

Track list:

Don’t Be Lonely (Cameo)/Livin’ For Your Love (Melba Moore)/Don’t Take It Personal (Jermaine Jackson)/I’ll Prove It to You (Gregory Abbott)/Foolish Heart (Sharon Bryant)/Have You Ever Loved Somebody (Freddie Jackson)/Darlin I (Vanessa Williams)/Every Now & Then (EWF)/Tell Me (Vesta)/My First Love (Atlantic Starr)/Remember:The First Time(Eric Gable)/The Moon (Eric Roberson)

*When I came to publish this playlist, I was set aback with the reminder of Vesta’ s passing last month.  Many playlist are put together far in advance. Between a playlists’ composition and publication, life does change. Hopefully, the Vesta track included in the playlist is a wonderful remembrance of a powerhouse voice in the R&B community.