Revealed: What President Bush has on his iPod


Mudbug

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I've finally taken one for the team w/ the NYT - I registered the username "macbytes" with the password "macbytes" for our readers. I hope that helps. I'll do my best to register this with any registration sites that come along in the future.
 

Lacero

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Oh my, if I had to listen to country, I would rather roll over and die a painful death!
 

Timelessblur

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I really wish when they put a link to a site that requires registion they would just post the artical

Tunes for the Freewheelin' George Bush
By ELISABETH BUMILLER

Published: April 11, 2005

WASHINGTON

Between his return on Friday from Pope John Paul II's funeral in Rome and his meeting today with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, President Bush spent an hour and a half on Saturday on an 18-mile mountain bike ride at his Texas ranch. With him, as usual, was his indispensable new exercise toy: an iPod music player loaded with country and popular rock tunes aimed at getting the presidential heart rate up to a chest-pounding 170 beats per minute.

Which brings up the inevitable question. What, exactly, is on the First iPod? In an era of celebrity playlists - Tom Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback, recently posted his on the iTunes online music store - what does the presidential selection of downloaded songs tell us about Mr. Bush?

First, Mr. Bush's iPod is heavy on traditional country singers like George Jones, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney. He has selections by Van Morrison, whose "Brown Eyed Girl" is a Bush favorite, and by John Fogerty, most predictably "Centerfield," which was played at Texas Rangers games when Mr. Bush was an owner and is still played at ballparks all over America. ("Oh, put me in coach, I'm ready to play today.")

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The president also has an eclectic mix of songs downloaded into his iPod from Mark McKinnon, a biking buddy and his chief media strategist during the 2004 campaign. Among them are "Circle Back" by John Hiatt, "(You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care" by Joni Mitchell and "My Sharona," the 1979 song by the Knack that Joe Levy, a deputy managing editor at Rolling Stone in charge of music coverage, cheerfully branded "suggestive if not outright filthy" in an interview last week.

Mr. Bush has had his Apple iPod since July, when he received it from his twin daughters as a birthday gift. He has some 250 songs on it, a paltry number compared to the 10,000 selections it can hold. Mr. Bush, as leader of the free world, does not take the time to download the music himself; that task falls to his personal aide, Blake Gottesman, who buys individual songs and albums, including Mr. Jones's and Mr. Jackson's greatest hits, from the iTunes music store.

Mr. Bush uses his iPod chiefly during bike workouts to help him pump up his heartbeat, which he monitors with a wrist strap. The strap also keeps track of calories expended for the intensely weight-focused president, who has recently lost eight pounds after eating a lot of doughnuts during the 2004 campaign. Mr. Bush burned 1,300 calories on his bike ride on Saturday, Mr. McKinnon reported.

As for an analysis of Mr. Bush's playlist, Mr. Levy of Rolling Stone started out with this: "One thing that's interesting is that the president likes artists who don't like him."

Mr. Levy was referring to Mr. Fogerty, who was part of the anti-Bush "Vote for Change" concert tour across the United States last fall. Mr. McKinnon, who once wrote songs for Kris Kristofferson's music publishing company, responded in an e-mail message that "if any president limited his music selection to pro-establishment musicians, it would be a pretty slim collection."

Nonetheless, Mr. McKinnon said that Mr. Bush had not gone so far as to include on his playlist "Fortunate Son," the angry anti-Vietnam war song about who has to go to war that Mr. Fogerty sang when he was with Creedence Clearwater Revival. ("I ain't no senator's son ... Some folks are born silver spoon in hand.") As the son of a two-term congressman and a United States Senate candidate, Mr. Bush won a coveted spot with the Texas Air National Guard to avoid combat in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, Mr. Levy sized up the rest of the playlist of the 58-year-old president. "What we're talking about is a lot of great artists from the 60's and 70's and more modern artists who sound like great artists from the 60's and 70's," he said. "This is basically boomer rock 'n' roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It's safe, it's reliable, it's loving. What I mean to say is, it's feel-good music. The Sex Pistols it's not."

Mr. Jones, Mr. Levy said, was nonetheless an interesting choice. "George Jones is the greatest living singer in country music and a recovering alcoholic who often sings about heartbreak and drinking," he said. "It tells you that the president knows a thing or two about country music and is serious about his love of country music."

The songs by Mr. Jackson indicate that the president "has a little bit of a taste for hard core and honky-tonk," Mr. Levy said, adding that both Mr. Jackson and Mr. Jones "are not about cute and pop, and they're not getting by on their looks." And while Mr. Chesney "is about cute and pop and gets by on his looks," Mr. Levy said, "he's also all about serious country music."

Mr. McKinnon, who has downloaded "Castanets" by Alejandro Escovedo and "Alive 'N' Kickin' " by Kenny Loggins into Mr. Bush's iPod, said that sometimes a presidential playlist is just a playlist, nothing more.

"No one should psychoanalyze the song selection," Mr. McKinnon said. "It's music to get over the next hill."
 

Jamvan

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My buddy and I have had a long-running debate over whether or not "W" has seen the movie "Caddyshack." His position is that people of that stature are not programmed to sit and watch a movie or willing to invest the time needed to watch or care too much about pop culture.

My position is that "W", with his partying background, most certainly has, at some point in time, sat down to watch "Caddyshack" and he probably quotes it in private (although he probably fumbles those quotes like every other quote he does, but I digress).

Now that I see "My Sharona" by The Knack on his iPod, I'm feeling more confident in my position.

Any takers on this?
 

mad jew

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Thank God I'm not famous! If people started rummaging through my collection they'd find all sorts of weird and wonderful noises (not necessarily songs let alone music...)

On the other hand, it'd be nice if I had a personal aide to buy my music for me. :D
 

jbembe

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mad jew said:
Thank God I'm not famous! If people started rummaging through my collection they'd find all sorts of weird and wonderful noises (not necessarily songs let alone music...)

On the other hand, it'd be nice if I had a personal aide to buy my music for me. :D
Yes, but if having an aide buy me songs meant that I'd only have 250 songs of mediocre to decent quality, and time to listen to them once in a blue moon, I'd say forget it. ;)
 

Essefgy

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I don't want to sound like I'm bashing country music, but Dubya's paltry collection seems like a waste of a good iPod.
 

tangerineyum

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Its not so bad...

Lacero said:
Oh my, if I had to listen to country, I would rather roll over and die a painful death!

I was forced to listen country for my AcaDec team a couple years ago... while it doesn't dominate my listening trends, I will admit I have about 30 or songs of what could be considered alternative listening (country). Its been 4 years since those twangy rifts leapt from my car speakers... the gf insists i aint been right since. :eek:
 

Einherjar

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Quit hating on country, especially country made before 1980 or so, since that's around the time it went all pop and I'll agree turned to garbage. But it's not ALL garbage.

Guys like George Jones and Gram Parsons are musicial geniuses that had influence way outside of country. You'd be surprised how many of the 'new rock' artists that many of you glorify totally eat that stuff up, despite never giving a lick of reference to it in their stuff. There's a fair amount of country with extremely witty lyrics and great playing--Charlie Feathers, early Willie Nelson, Flying Burrito Brothers and again Jones himself are all great examples.

You all probably hate Blues. Sure, it's ad hominem, but it's probably true. :rolleyes:

/not my president, just defending a genre
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iJaz

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This was so funny:
"One thing that's interesting is that the president likes artists who don't like him."
:D and this:
"if any president limited his music selection to pro-establishment musicians, it would be a pretty slim collection."
I think Clinton would have had a much easier task finding music by musicians who liked him.
 

narco

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mad jew said:
Thank God I'm not famous! If people started rummaging through my collection they'd find all sorts of weird and wonderful noises (not necessarily songs let alone music...)

On the other hand, it'd be nice if I had a personal aide to buy my music for me. :D
Yeah, I have a ton of embarrassing tracks in my library, but I always just tell people they're for novelty reasons.

If I had a choice between someone who would buy me music, or someone who would organize the tags and album artwork for all of my 11,000+ songs, I'd choose the latter.

Fishes,
narco.
 

Gasu E.

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Musicians who liked Clinton

B-52 Macer said:
This was so funny: :D and this: I think Clinton would have had a much easier task finding music by musicians who liked him.

(the set of musicians who liked Clinton)= (the set of all musicians) - (all country musicians) + (Dixie Chicks) - (Ted Nugent)
 

Gasu E.

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Mad Libs

Essefgy said:
I don't want to sound like I'm bashing country music, but Dubya's paltry collection seems like a waste of a good iPod.

That sentence would make a fine "Mad Lib".

I don't want to sound like I'm bashing _____ (adj.)_____ (plural noun), but Dubya's paltry _____ (noun) seems like a waste of a good ____ (noun).[/
 

juniormaj

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Timelessblur said:
I really wish when they put a link to a site that requires registion they would just post the artical
Not that I don't sometimes feel that way myself, but I think the main 2 reasons that they don't do that are:
1) It falls outside the fair use of the article (no reprints without permission).
2) Copying entire articles can be considered "space wasting" by many in the web community.
 

juniormaj

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Mudbug said:
I've finally taken one for the team w/ the NYT - I registered the username "macbytes" with the password "macbytes" for our readers. I hope that helps. I'll do my best to register this with any registration sites that come along in the future.
Thank you very much. :cool:
 

augiedb

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Shall we start with Weird Al who made a parody of Mambo #5 and called it Bimbo #5?
No, he didn't:

http://www.geocities.com/phillipriley/notal.html

It always amused me back in the Napster and Kazaa glory days how any song parody made inevitably was tagged as a Weird Al song, no matter how cheap and cheesy the local radio station that created it sounded.

Likewise, any a capalla song was from Rockapella.

-Augie