Condoleezza Rice's Favorite Songs

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Independent, a British newspaper, published a no-news special edition yesterday that featured the secretary of state's favorite music. Rice provided the list as a favor to rock star Bono, who guest-edited the paper as part of a charity appeal to fight AIDS in Africa. Half the revenue from the edition will be donated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

Mozart : Piano Concerto in D Minor

"I won my first piano competition at the age of 15, playing this work."

Cream : "Sunshine of Your Love"

"I love to work out to this song."

Aretha Franklin: "Respect"

Kool and the Gang: "Celebration"

Brahms : Piano Concerto No. 2

"It's a stormy, difficult piece, but I am going to learn to play it before I leave this earth!"

Brahms: Piano Quintet in F Minor

U2: Any work

Elton John: "Rocket Man"

"It brings back memories of college, friends, my first boyfriend."

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

"Quite simply the greatest symphony of all time."

Mussorgsky : "Boris Godunov"

"The greatest opera of all time. If you love Russia, you have to love Godunov."

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