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.