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It’s twenty degrees outside, you’ve just put on one of your scrub jackets to warm up at work, and the extra cup of coffee doesn’t seem to kick in. We’ve all had days at work where you have to reach deep within yourself to keep focused. But the next time you find yourself counting the hours until you will be home asleep in your pajamas, play one of the songs on the playlist below for an instant energy boost; or get inspired and make a special motivational playlist of your very own.

In the following years, I came to like “Raspberry Beret,” a song from Around the World in A Day album. The song tells a story about a guy who works in a small store. Then he falls in love with a girl who steps in to the store one day. The girl wears a raspberry beret the game one which inspired the title. They finally get together in the end, which makes a sweet story and a sweet song to listen to.

No form of travel symbolizes America quite like the road trip. From mangrove swamps to stony deserts, from the gentle rolling Appalachians to jagged Rocky heights, you can try to have it all in one manic gas guzzling metal-ticking bid.

At the root of so many of the problems which afflict black men is self-love. From self-love comes self-respect. From self-respect comes honor and pride in who you are; not what you do or how much money you make. Self-love and self-worth are delicately intertwined.

Unlike black women who benefit from the mental and emotional support of girlfriends, relatives, networks, or even co-workers, black men tend to be isolated – personally and professionally. On the surface, it would appear that black men are the kings of the jungle giving “pounds,” handshakes, and random hugs to random people. To any onlooker it would appear that they know everyone.

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves – There is a reason this song seems to be on the playlist of many a wedding DJ: it makes people happy. This is also a great song to play as you are driving home from work. When you walk through the door, your family will appreciate your renewed energy and joy de vivre attitude.

Were the World Mine is not just a new adaptation of the play, though. Its central character is Timothy, a gay teen at an all-male private school. He has an unrequited crush on Jonathon, who happens to be an uber-jock rugby player. Enter Miss T, the English teacher. She insists on casting the macho rugby players in the school play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone knows that English teachers possess magic, and in this case, it’s literally true. She casts Timothy as the mischievous fairy Puck, prompting many “fairy” jokes but also teaching him the magic formula for making the play’s love-inducing flower.

If all you are doing for your music fix is listening to the radio or buying from iTunes, then you are definitely shortchanging yourself. Use one or all of the services above, and as Don Henley once sang, get down to the heart of the matter. Your online music experience will be the better for it.