Politico Playlist

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

From Cuba to Liverpool

If you read into the most-played songs on Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart's iPod, you might surmise that this is a man who is always running for office ("I'm a Fool to Want You," "Shelter from the Storm," and 'Twist and Shout" are among his favorites). But what comes through even more in his mix is a love of strong vocals and an eclectic taste for the classics.

Below, Diaz-Balart shares his Top 10 tunes, with commentary, in no particular order:

A Day in the Life (The Beatles): "A masterpiece of a song from a masterpiece album."

Por Si Acaso No Regreso (Celia Cruz): "There will only be one Celia Cruz"

Amazing Grace (The Blind Boys of Alabama): "A Gospel rendition of 'Amazing Grace' to 'House of the Rising Sun' music."

Beside You (Van Morrison): "Comes from the 'Astral Weeks' album, which I believe is one of the best albums of all times."

Twist and Shout (The Beatles): "My four and a half year old son Cristian's favorite song to dance to."

El Cake (Gorki Aguila): "I love his music and admire his courage and love of freedom."

Tabaco y Chanel (Bacilos): "A song that brings back good memories to my wife Tia and me."

Que Bueno Baila Usted (Benny Moré): "A classic. Exemplifies Cuban music."

Shelter from the Storm (Bob Dylan): "I'm a huge Bob Dylan fan. This is just one of the many songs I listen to all the time."

I'm a Fool to Want You (Billie Holiday): "You can always feel her emotions through her music."