In Your Ear: Joan Williams

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In an encore edition of Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" music feature, author and law professor Joan Williams talks about the songs that are currently inspire her.


F: Why Men and Class Matter." And what matters to Williams when she's trying to unwind is having the right music.

P: My name is Joan Williams, and in my spare time, I love to listen to NPR.


P: But I also love to listen to music. First is Postal Service, a song "Such Great Heights." It's one of my favorite songs in the whole world.


POSTAL SERVICE: (Singing) I am thinking it's a sign, that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images, and when we kiss they're perfectly aligned. I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes, like puzzle pieces from the clay.

True, it may seem like a stretch, but it's thoughts like this that catch my troubled head when you're away, when I am missing you to death.

P: I couldn't agree more that everything looks perfect from far away.


SERVICE: (Singing) But everything looks perfect from far away. Come down now, but we'll stay...

P: Second thing I completely love is Bach cantatas. My favorites are 78 and 106.


U: (Singing in foreign language)

P: I think the best way of going to church and getting in touch with any kind of spirituality is to take a hike or listen to one of those two cantatas.


U: (Singing in foreign language) Amen. Amen.

P: The third favorite music I have is by Art Tatum.


P: And if I'm sitting around on a Saturday night and want to relax and enjoy the moment and just feel pleasure in living, there's nothing better than putting on Art Tatum and listening to him play the piano, and there's a level of joy and serenity that nothing can beat.


: That was Professor Joan Williams telling us what's playing in her ear. To listen to our original conversation about balancing work and family, please check out our website. Go to and select TELL ME MORE from the Program page.

And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News.

Let's talk more tomorrow from New York.

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