Monday, September 24, 2012

Never Mind Condi On The Piano, Here's Madeleine Albright On The Drums!

(Photo: Washington Post)

Who knew? OMG:


A longtime supporter of jazz who has worked with the Monk Institute for years, Albright received the annual Fisher Founder’s Award. After the customary speech of thanks, she went to a drum set and pounded away on tom-toms and cymbals — quite creditably — as trumpeter Chris Botti performed an instrumental version of “Nessun dorma,” the aria from the Puccini opera “Turandot.” 

My mind is blown. I'm not surprised that Albright is into music, however, because I once personally witnessed her thumbing intently through the racks at Tower Records (RIP) in Georgetown Foggy Bottom. Way to go, Maddie!

15 comments:

desertwind said...

Take THAT, Condoleezza Rice with your stupid piano!

Fran said...

That is - wow, just great. You have made my day.

postpunkmonk said...

Sigh - Tower Records in Georgetown! Such a good store. I always made sure to visit there on trips to D.C. The last time I was there [2005] I was impressed to see the displays that the employees made who had the good taste to be pushing the then current V2 reissues of The Associates! I bought some amazing stuff never seen elsewhere on every trip.

Oh yeah, and kudos to Madelaine Albright! The only ex-Secretary of State who knows a paradiddle from a flam!

Peteykins said...

That is the strangest thing, that Tower Records in Georgetown actually got better and better as it neared the end. I'd say it was at its peak in about 2002, right around the time I saw Maddy perusing the jazz stacks there.

dianegsocialist said...

The left side of the aisle has all of the cool people.

Anonymous said...

Yep, our Secretaries of States are SO much better than theirs.

Old Rebel said...

Was the cost of all those drum lessons worth it?

Yes. We think the price is worth it.

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

Secretary of ROCK!

Flying Spaghetti Monster said...

I thought Tower Records was always in Foggy Bottom...?

Peteykins said...

Oh, right, Foggy Bottom it was! Corrected.

cynic al said...

As a (former) drummer I remember the standing joke by others in the band.
Q: What do you call a girl who hangs around the band? A: A groupie.
Q: What do you call a guy who hangs around the band? A: A drummer.

Madeleine just destroyed that concept.

desertwind said...

I've got another one.

Q. What do you call a drummer whose girlfriend broke up with him?

A. Homeless.

Told me by a drummer...

Comrade Physioprof said...

So cool!!

Matthew Hubbard said...

She kind of looks like a cross-dressing Levon Helm.

Consider my mind blown, and I'm the guy who typed it.

Lulu, the Dewey Dame said...

Wow. How refreshing. Thanks for posting.