Here's another fascinating glimpse into the musical mind of our Secretary of State, whom Tony Tommasini recently interviewed in depth for the Times. Her current playlist includes Mozart's D-Minor Piano Concerto, Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Kool and the Gang's "Celebration," Brahms's Second Piano Concerto and F-Minor Piano Quintet, anything by U2*, Elton John's "Rocket Man," Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, and Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov.
*A conspiracy-minded reader wonders whether this choice is in any way related to the fact that U2's Bono is the guest editor of the special edition of The Independent in which the list appears. Musical taste dictated by cultural context? Surely not!