Bike To The Beat at NPR Music


As many of you know, I commute by bike in the lovely city of Washington, DC. I've been interviewed by The New York Times on why I ride my bike (both love, convenience, and necessity). I ride in rain or shine, through the pollen season and during cold winters.

In celebration, I've compiled a list of songs for the Sweatin' To NPR workout series at NPR Music. It's called Bike To The Beat: Songs For The Urban Cyclist. Check it out if you're a cyclist or even just to hear the songs, my favorite at the moment.

Note: I will inevitably face criticism about "encouraging" cyclists to wear headphones while riding, and even including a photo (seen above) of a cyclist without a helmet. To this, I emphasize the importance of experiencing your full environment while riding in the city (or anywhere, for that matter). Your ears can be just as important as your eyes in protecting yourself. However, I do not discourage a friendly bike radio or .mp3 player, as such is in the budget for a bike commuter. As for that photo? Well, my argument is that photo is the most aesthetically pleasing one I found. And recognizing we are logical humans who can see a beautiful photo and appreciate it for what it is, I encourage you to wear a helmet.

Thanks for reading.

Everyday I'm Hustlin'

Happy New Years Eve, everyone!  I'm ending 2009 with a mini-bang of sorts.  My write-up on Rick Ross' "Hustlin" appeared in NPR Music's "Songs We Love" series to celebrate the release of Def Jam's 25th Anniversary Box Set.  Also be sure to check out friend and colleague Laurenellen McCann's ditty on Sisqo's "Thong Song." It's only appropriate that this story published today, because today, I'm attending my first Georgetown basketball game of the 2009-2010 season. Go Hoyas!

Thanks for all the support from friends and family in 2009, and here's to a happy and healthy 2010 for all.