U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has signed off on a 15-track Spotify playlist entitled “Kerry’s Playlist,” according to The Guardian, an early release of his memoir. The selections, spread out over 16 songs, include Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight,” Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up),” and Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose.”
The former secretary of state described the playlist in a statement to The Guardian, saying: “’Kerry’s Playlist’ is not my personal music collection. It is my portfolio of music that has touched me most, in some way. It’s what I play when I’m not doing my job and not thinking about policy. For me it gives meaning to ‘day in the life’ and ‘week in the life’ stories, and it sounds absolutely delicious!”
The playlist sounds very, very good. Where I get my palette cleansers, it’s my new favorite party banger. I’ve been away for the weekend and this is how I felt tonight when I got back: https://t.co/yX6v5WeK0B — Kerry Washington (@kerrywashington) April 3, 2018
Most of the selection are tracks from classic rock, heavy metal, and R&B — tunes that fit perfectly with the tone of Kerry’s memoir. In “Kerry’s Playlist,” The Guardian reported, Kerry opened up about the struggles of being an African-American member of the elite State Department hierarchy, his time working with Saddam Hussein in Iraq, and his experiences with leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Robert Mugabe.
He ended the playlist with a very personal note, noting that the song “When the Saints Go Marching In” by Africa Express was the inspiration for the song chosen to close his “Kerry’s Playlist.”
Read the full story at The Guardian.
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