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Starting Point playlist for Monday, April 2, 2012


Nikka Costa's "Around The World" kicked off our playlist today. The song, from Celeste Headlee's playlist, is from a more recent part of Costa's career; she has been performing for 30 of her 39 years.

Christine Romans picked the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" for her playlist today. The song is considered to be one of the Foos' best, and has been included in many "greatest of all time" lists.

Paul Simon's 1986 hit "You Can Call Me Al" was Peter Beinart's playlist pick today. The song is from Simon's classic album Graceland, which was included in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Will Cain's first pick today was "Barefoot & Crazy" by country artist Jack Ingram. While Ingrahm was promoting the song in 2009, he gave so many interviews in one day that he actually set a Guiness World Record.

Stevie Wonder's classic "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" was Hogan Gidley's pick this morning. Stevie Wonder was recently in the spotlight again when he performed at Whitney Houston's funeral. Both Huston and Wonder are among the most successful artists in contemporary music.

David Bowie, born David Jones, had to change his name to avoid confusion with the recently departed Davy Jones, who was at the time in one of the biggest bands in the world. Needless to say, the name change paid off, and Bowie has become a legend in his own right. His 1975 hit "Golden Years" made Celeste Headlee's playlist today.

Will Cain's next pick today was Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing." Although the group split nearly twenty years ago, many of the former members continue to make music. Former lead singer Mark Knopfler and keyboardist Guy Fletcher are reportedly working on a new album together.

Modest Mouse's Grammy-nominated hit "Float On" made Christine Romans' playlist this morning. Christine also picked another Stevie Wonder classic, "Sir Duke," a number one hit from his legendary album Songs in the Key of Life.

"Misunderstanding" by Genesis was Headlee's next pick today. Drummer Phil Collins may have recently retired from the music industry, but he passed the torch along: his daughter is actress Lily Collins, who stars in the new Snow White movie Mirror Mirror alongside Julia Roberts.

Elvis Costello's biggest hit in the United States was 1989's "Veronica," which is Peter Beinart's second playlist pick of the day. The song was co-written by Costello's friend Paul McCartney.

Alt rock band Wilco's 1999 song "A Shot in the Arm" was Headlee's final playlist pick this morning. The group's most recent album The Whole Love was nominated for a Grammy in 2011.

Finally, we closed out today's show with "Railroad Lady" by Willie Nelson. The legendary singer has enjoyed a very long career both in music and activism. His first album, And Then I Wrote, was released fifty years ago this year.

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