1. MozartOK, so Russian modernism, predictable classical... Celebration by Kool and the Gang? Oh, come on. What a cop-out! And if the inclusion of U2 isn't just bare-faced pandering, then my bare-faced pandering detector is totally broken.
Piano Concerto in D minor
"I won my first piano competition at the age of 15, playing this work."
'Sunshine of Your Love'
"I love to work out to this song," says Rice. "Believe it or not, I loved acid rock in college - and I still do."
3. Aretha Franklin
4. Kool and the Gang
"It's just such a great song."
Piano Concerto No 2
Piano Quintet in F minor
Rice, a big fan, is happy to listen to any of their tunes.
8. Elton John
"It brings back memories of college, friends, my first boyfriend."
Symphony No 7
"Quite simply the greatest symphony of all time," is how Rice describes Beethoven's Seventh.
And I suppose we're supposed to say, "Whoooooah!" about the Cream song? OK, it was a huge hit, and it's almost 40-years-old, so let's not get too startled.
The key to the whole thing, of course, is the most clichéd selection on the list: Respect by Aretha. And that's what Condi keeps getting, even from people like Bono who should know better. Why is it? Here's a person who has helped --actively helped-- bring the world to the point of armageddon via a web of lies, deceit, trickery and obfuscation. But that's OK, because she's a strong woman who has come a long way, Baby. Maybe if more people saw through her gender and ancestry, they'd see her less as Oprah and more as... Donald Rumsfeld in a Chanel suit.
Oops, I dropped character! I meant to say, OMG, Rocket Man! I totally love that song!