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Sounds Like Washington Vol. 3

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It’s been a long time DJ BeTray Fam!!!  I’ve missed mixing for you, but you know how it goes… sometimes life can take us away from what we love to do so we can focus on what we need to do.  But I’m back!  I thought it best I get back in the swing of things by paying homage to the music of my city.  This Sounds Like Washington Vol. 3 is full of DC classics.  While the music spans from the 70’s to the 2000’s the theme of this mix is consistent.  There is a longing for love and unfulfilled companionship expressed in each of these tunes.  As with all of the Sounds Like Washington mixes, most of the music here is inspired by the incomparable sound of WHUR FM.  For many of you listening from outside the Washington area, some of this music will be new to you because it’s not played anywhere else.  As always thank you for your support.  While it’s almost been a year since my last mix, you all have kept the traffic and good feelings flowing on this site.  Thank you, thank you and as always… Love!

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Grainger Feat. Maysa – Come Here Baby

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In the late 1990’s former WHUR FM Program Director David Dickinson changed the sound of Washington radio by infusing 96.3’s airwaves with his personal taste.  This Song of the Moment is a product of his genius “ear”.  Come Here Baby was released by Grainger, a relatively unknown Baltimore band.  The jazzy R&B tune features Baltimore singer Maysa who had made a name for herself with British jazz band Incognito.  She sang lead on the hits Deep Water and A Shade of BlueCome Here Baby became an instant DC favorite in 1998 and is still played in heavy rotation on HUR.  I’m shouting out Dickinson because I truly appreciate his contribution to the renaissance of WHUR.  During part of his tenure, WHUR was #1 across all radio formats in the Washington market and it was the first urban radio station to surpass talk radio in DC.  While some connected the station’s historic success to its broadcasting the Tom Joyner Morning Show – it’s clear to me that it was the innovative music that carried WHUR listeners throughout the day.  But all good things must come to an end and I for one have noticed a change in the station since Dickinson’s departure.  I’m happy I’ve found a way to mention his contribution since this is part of the reason for DJBeTray.com.  Good music will always be created, selected and played by those who know it when they hear it and not by a computer model or demographic surveys.  I’m thankful to all the music lovers who have influenced me and therefore influenced this site.  Please enjoy this Song of the Moment which is also featured on my latest mix, Sounds Like Washington Vol. 3