As America’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Antony Blinken travels the globe, carrying out U.S. foreign policy and meeting with world leaders.
As a lifelong music lover, he also practices cultural diplomacy, learning about talented artists in the places he visits. Blinken is an enthusiastic amateur guitarist (of modest ability, he says) who loves to listen to music. To mark the end of 2022 and the coming new year, he has shared some of his favorite songs, organized into two Spotify lists. The international list, which he calls “on the road,” features good beats, instrumental music and great vocals, he says in a tweet.
Music transcends differences. Everyone can appreciate a good beat, a skillfully played instrument, and great vocals – this is why music brings people together. If you don't believe me, listen to some of my favorite tunes from around the world this year: https://t.co/ABQaN9TtQH
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) December 29, 2022
In a 2021 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Blinken spoke of his wide-ranging musical tastes, which include American stars such as Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Carole King, Marshall Crenshaw, Lou Reed and Aimee Mann. With “six or seven” guitars at home, he dryly notes: “I’m left-handed, but somehow I’m not Jimi Hendrix,” a reference to the late left-handed guitar legend from Seattle.
Be that as it may, music remains “a driving passion,” Blinken says. He calls his Spotify playlist of American songs his “at home” selection.
American musicians contribute so much to the global music scene every year. Whether you’re a fan of @maryjblige or @TheRealBuddyGuy or @taylorswift13, I hope everyone can find a little something to jam out to in my 2022 "At Home" playlist: https://t.co/xC8HRTmYlc
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) December 30, 2022