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Music—from Debussy to Kenny or Warren G—can inspire employees, especially if the songs speak to the job at hand. Take the new official song for the D.C. Department of Recreation and Parks (DRP), a rap ditty penned by the department’s Cultural Activities Specialist Matthew Allen, “Recreation Belongs to Everyone.” The lyrics highlight DRP’s many offerings: “Play tennis and badminton, too/Baseball, basketball, tennis, horseshoes./ Recreation should be your choice/So won’t you please listen to our voice?” Now that Rec has rhythm, agencies lacking their own official songs might listen to a few suggestions. Department of Public Works: “Talkin’ Trash” (“Please don’t litter on the city streets/Hauling your garbage ain’t no treat”). Department of Human Services: “At Your Service” (“Can’t you read my lips?/I said: “Don’t ask me for shit’ ”). But why be original? Journey’s “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ ” works for Corrections, and Blondie’s “Hanging on the Telephone” rings true for any agency.