STARTING POINT PLAYLIST 3/6/12

Kicking off our Starting Point playlist today is, fittingly, “Hello Soledad” by Rolando La Serie, from our Soledad’s playlist. La Serie was a popular Cuban musician, who spent his later years in exile from his native land. Throughout his career he worked with many other talented artists, regardless of which country he called home at the time.

Journalist and political analyst Farai Chideya’s playlist pick this morning was “Lights” by up-and-coming English singer Ellie Goulding. The song first appeared on her 2012 debut album of the same name, and was later released as a single from a deluxe version called Bright Lights.

“Sherry Darling” by Bruce Springsteen made economist and journalist Stephen Moore’s playlist today.The track comes from The Boss’s fifth album, The River. Three decades later, Springsteen’s newest release Wrecking Ball came out today and is already getting rave reviews. Pop superstar Lady Gaga recently tweeted about the album, calling it “so genius its hard to even believe.”

Rep. Allen West, (R-FL)’s playlist today included the Pink Floyd classic “Comfortably Numb.” The song was originally heard on the band’s classic 1979 album The Wall. It is also notable as the final song that the group ever played together, as it concluded their reunion set that was part of the charity concert Live 8 in 2005.

Brett O’Donnell picked Billy Joel’s 1984 hit “The Longest Time.” To achieve the song’s unique oldies doo-wop feel, Joel reportedly sang over a dozen different backing vocals and mixed them together.

Rihanna’s “We Found Love” was Chiedeya’s next pick. The song was Rihanna’s eleventh number one hit, tying her with Whitney Houston on the all time list.

Journey’s “Separate Ways” was O’Donnell’s next pick. The song was recently featured in the movie Tron Legacy.

Another of O’Donnell’s selections was Van Halen’s 1986 hit “Dreams.” The song, one of their biggest hits with replacement lead singer Sammy Hagar, was prominently featured in the hit ‘90s movie Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie. Van Halen recently released A Different Kind of Truth, their first album with original singer David Lee Roth in nearly 30 years.

From Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s playlist today comes “Jackson,” the classic country song best remembered for the Grammy-winning version Johnny Cash released in 1967 with his wife June Carter Cash.

Finally, we closed out the show today with Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister,” which was a big comeback hit for the band in 2009. It was their first top ten hit in nearly a decade, but the wait paid off: it is one of the best selling singles ever.