Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Just when you thought the culture couldn't get any stranger, rock star Bono edits a special edition of the English paper the Independent and gets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to name her ten favorite songs. Who knew that the diplomat, a classically trained pianist, rocks out to Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" when not brushing up on her Brahms concertos. I'm not even going to comment on Elton John's "Rocket Man" making her list.

1 comment:

Rick Hanson said...

I suppose if Bono asks you for your ten favorite songs, you might feel obligated to throw in a U2 song. I wouldn't; but hey, I'm not a politician (or "diplomat").

On a wider note, why is it that a lot of people fall for the mass media's coronation of pop "culture" figures like Bono? I'm sick of hearing about what Bono thinks about the environment, religion, ethics or philosophy. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those "oh he's just a musician" types. To talk about the important issues in life, one must really have a first rate mind borne from much study of these subjects. But sadly, commentary from pop culture has replaced thoughtful discourse coming from the real thinkers. I think this is because, since most of us don't mind obtaining, for ourselves, "expertise" on the cheap (because getting it the right way is too difficult), naturally we have the same low expectations of others.