So just how does Bill Clinton unwind between offering President Barack Obama unsolicited advice and helping Hillary pack for diplomatic trips?
Seems he kicks it with a little North Texas Wind Symphony.
The former president is auctioning an autographed iPod as part of a celebrity fundraiser to benefit Music Rising, a charity founded in 2005 to help Gulf Coast musicians replace instruments lost or destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. Internet bidding, which began Tuesday at Tonic.com, stood at $900 as of Sunday evening.
The red nano purportedly includes the ex-president’s personal playlist, which features Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” Carly Simon’s rendition of “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and a few classical pieces.
It’s a sedate list for a man who loves to blow the saxophone and counts himself among Elvis’ biggest fans. The King is noticeably absent, as is Judy Collins’ version of “Chelsea Morning,” which he credits as the inspiration for his only daughter’s name.
The list mimics “The Bill Clinton Collection Vol. II,” a CD of his favorite songs sold at his presidential museum in Little Rock. Despite the presidential seal of approval, the playlist has been mocked in cyberspace, where one British blogger described Clinton’s musical taste as exciting as “having your mum come with you on your first date.”
The auction ends Thursday.
Van Morrison, “Brown Eyed Girl”
Carly Simon, “I Get Along Without You Very Well”
Stan Getz with Charlie Byrd, “Bahia”
Simon & Garfunkel, “Bridge over Troubled Water”
“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band, “Crown Imperial”
Sarah McLachlan, “Angel”
Elton John, “Philadelphia Freedom”
North Texas Wind Symphony, “English Folk Song Suite”
Willie Nelson, “A Song for You”
Joan Baez, “Winds of the Old Day”
John Williams, “Concierto de Aranjuez”