President Obama's iPod needs an update
President Obama sat down with Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner for an in-depth interview. The topics ranged from lukewarm Democrats ("It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines in this midterm election") to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy ("We have moved in the right direction"). But one issue came up that had BlogPost worried about the state of our nation: the presidential iPod. Here's an open letter to the president of the United States of America:
Dear President Barack Obama:
You are the leader the country. You are the commander in chief of the Army and Navy of the United States. You are the chief executive of the government. You are our emissary to the world. You need better musical taste.
As your wife has done for the fashion industry, so must you do for the musical industry. I'm not saying Stevie Wonder should not make your hit list. We love Miles Davis. You cannot go wrong with Bob Dylan. And, we appreciate that you are trying to experiment with hip-hop (The Post's Chris Richards has been begging you to for months). But we need to put a fresh music face forward.
We realize you may be a bit busy -- what with running a country, fighting a war and, well, that whole economic recovery. So, we've made some suggestions for you.
You like Stevie Wonder. Try Raphael Saadiq, whose music could easily stand against R&B classic tracks.
Update Dylan with the Tallest Man on Earth. The Swedish singer "springs forth from the white-hot Dylan of '64."
Skip Miles Davis for Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, a swaggering, bold band with plenty of trumpet blasts to keep you content.
Forgo Maria Callas for Nicole Cabell, a California-born opera singer with an agile voice perfect for soothing the president during a tough crisis.
Instead of Nas, check out Somali-born rapper K'naan, whose songs about escaping a wartorn childhood are as heartbreaking as they are rhythmically beautiful.
Take a page from Lil Wayne and listen to Drake. You can hear Drake on Lil Wayne's latest album, but check out Drake's debut, "Thank Me Later."
Thank you, Mr. President.
Did we leave any music off the list? What should Obama listen to?
| September 28, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
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