Given that she's trained as a classical pianist, the piano concertos aren't a big surprise at all. But some of the other pieces are, well, a little interesting. She's already given them a coolness self-audit, but I thought I might give an audit of the self-audit.
1. Mozart, Piano Concerto in D minorAhem. Nerrrrrrdddddd.
"I won my first piano competition at the age of 15, playing this work."
2. Cream, 'Sunshine of Your Love'Am I the only one who has a hard time imagining Condi Rice rockin' out to Cream? Maybe she did the same dance that Randall "Tex" Cobb did to this very same song in the outdoor shower scene from Uncommon Valor. Christ, that would be priceless.
"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, 'Respect'No commentary for "Respect," but a shout out for both Kool and the Gang. Not very inspired, but what can you do?
4. Kool and the Gang, 'Celebration'
"It's just such a great song."
5. Brahms, Piano Concerto No 2ZZZzzzzzzzzzzz.
6 Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor
7. U2, Anything....or so reported Bono, the lead singer of said band.
Rice, a big fan, is happy to listen to any of their tunes.
8. Elton John, 'Rocket Man'"She packed my bags last night pre-flight / Zero hour nine a.m. / And I'm gonna be high as a kite by then." Between this favorite and the love for acid rock, I'm starting to think we should institute some urine testing at the State Department.
"It brings back memories of college, friends, my first boyfriend."
9. Beethoven, Symphony No 7Well, that last one's Godunov for me. Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week.
"Quite simply the greatest symphony of all time," is how Rice describes Beethoven's Seventh.
10. Mussorgsky, Boris Godunov
I hope this is the start of a trend for the administration. I'd love to know what music Dick Cheney likes to groove to when his heart medication kicks in, or when he engages in the ritualistic sacrifice of newborn puppies. I'm betting a lot of Goth stuff in there.