Friday Afternoon Open Thread: Mitt Likes Music, Including This

A few days ago, The New York Times posted a funny mashup of Mitt Romney talking about all the things he likes. The video was created by The Gregory Brothers, a musical group that produces takeoffs on the news. I wish I knew how to embed it here, but you’ll have to go watch it the NYT site. Please watch it if you haven’t already. It’s really hilarious!

Here is the original 1994 interview in which Mitt earnestly told a young interviewer, “I like music of almost any kind, including this.” At the time, he was running against Ted Kennedy for the Senate.

Back in March, Romney listed his favorite songs on Spotify, which I think is an iPad app. Here’s Mitt’s playlist, which his campaign insist he drew up all by himself:

I am a Man of Constant Sorrow” by The Soggy Bottom Boys
Read My Mind” by The Killers
December, 1963 [Oh What a Night]” by Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
Somebody Told Me” by The Killers
The MTA (The Boston Subway Song)” by The Kingston Trio
Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
Desperado” by Clint Black
Crying” by Roy Orbison
Only You ” by Commodores
Runaway” by Del Shannon
It’s your Love” by Time McGraw
As Good As I once Was” by Toby Keith
Born Free” by Kid Rock
“Over the Rainbow” by Willie Nelson
“In Dreams” by Roy Orbison
“Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban
“All-American Girl” by Carrie Underwood

Jim Farber, a reporter at the NY Daily News, notes that Mitt seems to like sad songs.

A man of constant sorrow who roams this world alone, doomed to realize his greatest loves only in dreams. Does this sound like the description of a man running for President?


Romney opens his 25 song list with The Soggy Bottom Boys’ version of that classic song of suffering “I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow.” He goes on to pepper the list with Clint Black’s cover of the Eagles’ ode to a shut-down loner “Desperado,” Roy Orbison’s uber-mopey “Crying” (along with his classic song of thwarted love “In Dreams”), Johnny Cash’s rumination on eternal damnation, “Ring of Fire,” and Willie Nelson’s take on the ultimate song of hopeless yearning, “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”

Together, these selections suggest a guy whose soul may be far deeper, and less satisfied, than his public persona presents.

Farber also notes that there is only one female artist and one African American group represented on Mitt’s list. Some of the items also reveal Romney’s advanced age. Roy Orbison and Del Shannon were on the soundtrack of my late childhood (I’m just a couple of months younger than Romney).

I found a couple of other Romney- and music-oriented videos on Youtube. Who is Mitt Romney anyway?

This one is silly, but I really liked it: “Mitt Romney, I think I hate you.”

What do you have to say about all this, Mitt?

9 Comments on “Friday Afternoon Open Thread: Mitt Likes Music, Including This”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    • bostonboomer says:

      It was released in 1961, and I rushed out the buy the 45. Does Romney really listen to it on the road?

      • Way back in 1961 I was in Hawaii –listening to Hawaiian music.The oldies stations love to play Run away — and a lot of kids listen to their parents oldies radio stations. Almost any music with a good beat & tune seem to survive the test of time.

        My bet is that Mittens is basically indifferent to music. Plus with his Mormon upbringing — he has a limited exposure to any music outside of church approved music. The rank he reached in the LDS indicates that his taste in music was Mormon approved. My Mormon friends tell me that their very strict LDS parents believed that popular music was the gateway to hell.

        I doubt that he would ever admit his church was & is so controlling.

  2. bostonboomer says:

  3. bostonboomer says:

    In other news, Arizona’s Sec. of State suggests he may keep Obama off the presidential ballot because he wasn’t born in the USA.

    • Reminds me of a conversation I had this winter. . . . Me: “I grew up in Hawaii, so I like warm winter weather.” Other person: “oh, so you didn’t grow up in the US?”

      Perhaps the AZ AG in unaware that Hawaii is a state?

      It’s a bit late to worry about that. Seems like AZ has a habit of deporting US citizens — due to the over achieving ICE sweeps.

      • bostonboomer says:

        That could be. Arizona seems to have gone downhill in the brains department–at least in the state government.

    • His source must have been the Breibart Dumb Asses