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Some of us have a habit of crooning or humming in the bathroom. It could be low-pitched, or the note could be high, like a piercing trill. Family members, initially amused by this bathroom rendition, take it in stride, treating it as very normal.
It is a nice way of unwinding or relaxing. Plus, you need not be bothered about people’s reaction; you are left to yourself to break the sounds of silence within the four walls of the restroom.
Actor Jack Black likes to sing Led Zeppelin numbers. Singer Camila Cabello also uses her vocal cords to good effect in the shower. Rapper Wyclef Jean loves singing the songs of Bruce Springsteen in such places.
Another celebrity who loves belting out Springsteen humdingers in the bathroom is none other than, hold your breath, former President of the US of A Barack Obama. The ex-boss of the United States told ‘The Boss’ Springsteen that he is not embarrassed about singing during his ablutions.
Springsteen asked Obama whether he’s a “shower singer” in the latest episode of the podcast they co-host, Renegades.
“Absolutely,” Obama said. “I sing in the shower. I sing outside of the shower. I am unembarrassed about singing. Umm, my daughters and my wife sometimes roll their eyes.”
On Wednesday, Spotify shared what it called Obama’s “Shower World Tour setlist”.
The playlist naturally includes several songs by Springsteen, such as “Born in the USA”, “American Skin (41 Shots)”, and “Born to Run”. It also features Patti Smith’s classic “Because the Night”, which Smith co-wrote with Springsteen.
Also included are Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm”, Stevie Wonder’s “Living For the City”, Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit”, and The Beatles’ “Come Together”.
During his conversation with Springsteen, Obama also said he was “ known to have been scolded by [his] staff” for “doing some air guitar stuff on Air Force One” – which they worried would be seen by journalists, according to the Independent.
‘Renegades’ has also included more serious exchanges between Obama and Springsteen.
In the podcast’s second episode, they discussed race in America, with Springsteen asking: “How do you hold the same country that sent man to the moon with being the same country of Jim Crow? You don’t make peace with that obviously, but… how do you sort of hold that being the same America?”
“I think that… it is… partly because we never went through a true reckoning,” Obama says in response, “and so we just buried one huge part of our experience and our citizenry in our minds.”
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