By Lanie Rivera
Our increasingly technology-obsessed society seems to encourage individualistic tendencies — we often prefer to surf Facebook or Twitter while on our morning bus commute rather than converse with the man sitting next to us.
We could all use a little glue to pull us back together.
And that is George Whitlow’s plight.
Dubbed as D.C.’s “music man,” Whitlow can be heard from blocks away as he rides his “boombox bike” through the busy District streets near Howard University. He plays signature anthems, such as Chuck Brown’s “Bustin’ Loose” or Kool & the Gang’s “Too Hot,” to encourage bonding through song, dance and laughter in the community.
An article on the Washington Post described Whitlow’s reasoning behind his mobile music machine:
His goal is to get hyper-scheduled, ambitious, uptight D.C. to get loose and listen to music — together.
Whitlow will persistently fight our “anti-social” culture, as he calls it, one day and one ride at a time.
Read the full story on the Washington Post here.