If you had the fate of the world resting on your shoulders, what music would you listen to on your iPod?
Would you have Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds" constantly in your eardrums? Would the last thing you listen to at night be U2's "If God Will Send His Angels"? Would you not be just slightly tempted to have Slayer's "Silent Scream" always at your fingertips?
U.S. President Barack Obama, in an interview with Rolling Stone, offered none of the above--though that doesn't mean that they're not all neatly tabulated somewhere on his iPod, waiting for the right occasion.
The president did declare that he now has about 2,000 songs that he can use to hum away the effects of meetings with fascinating heads of state and economic advisers with large brains and slightly smaller achievements.
When it comes to music, the president is, like so many of us who have breached the age of 35 and realized that more isn't always better, still musically at one with the past. He told Rolling Stone: "I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff."… Read more