Obama talks music, names Wonder as musical hero

    Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan have had kind words to say about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, but he has named Stevie Wonder as his all-time musical hero. Obama said that both Springsteen and Dylan were “icons,’ but that when he was “was at that point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Innervisions, and then Songs in the Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we’ve ever seen.” Obama also weighed in on Jay-Z, saying that he admired his ability to break down barriers, but that he was “troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music." Though the Obama seems to be more musically aware than most candidates, he also admitted having a fondness for Sheryl Crow, which the Republicans will undoubtedly seek to exploit during the election. [Gigwise]