Democratic presidential candidates name the albums they most like to have in their CD players:
Wesley Clark: "Journey-Greatest Hits"
Howard Dean: Music by Wyclef Jean
Sen. John Edwards: "The Essential Bruce Springsteen"
Sen. John Kerry: "Abbey Road" by the Beatles
Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Music by Willie Nelson
Sen. Joe Lieberman: "Sueno" by Andrea Bocelli
Al Sharpton: Music by Yolanda Adams [AP].
Most of the answers here seem reasonable and within character, although I am curious as to how big a Willie Nelson fan Kucinich was before he got Willie's endorsement. Gospel for Sharpton, romantic operatic for Lieberman, the Beatles for Kerry, Bruce for Edwards.
By the way we listened to discs one and two of the three-CD Essential last night and I have come to the conclusion that I like Bruce better than Bob Dylan and even slightly more than Neil Young among American rock-and-roots singer-songwriters. I am eager to hear disc three, which is rarities.
Disc two wavers after the Born in the USA material (thankfully, the collection is in chronological order), although there are strengths throughout and The Rising songs definitely feel like a rebirth of sorts, although, inevitably, the heat is more diffuse now.
But disc one, which covers his career through Nebraska (and distressingly leaves off the sublime "Kitty's Back" "I Wanna Marry You," and "Cadillac Ranch") is so good and powerful that it made my head hurt and woke me up more than once last night with weird dreams and lyrics coursing through my turbulent brain. Most of the time I was listening I was walking around with Alex (now a robust 6-weeks old) - you know, doing the don't-cry-and-hopefully-fall-asleep baby bounce - and more than once I felt my eyes start to fill for the hopes and fears and years gone by, for the depth of feeling Springsteen was able to comprehend and express, for the wordy exuberance of the young poet-rocker, and for his courage. Near-breakdown moments included "Spirits In the Night," "Rosalita," "Thunder Road," "The Promised Land" and "The River."