In Your Ear: Common's Play List

Actor and award-winning rapper Common, who stars in the new film Just Wright, tells us what is playing on his iPod these days.

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(Soundbite of music)

TONY FOX, host:

We end today's program with our occasional series called In Your Ear, where we ask a guest to tell us about the music that's keeping them moving. Today, we hear from rap artist and actor Common, who recently spoke to us about his new film "Just Wright." We asked him what music he listens to when he wants to unwind.

COMMON (Rap artist; Actor): Hey, this is Common and this is what I'm listening to.

(Soundbite of song, "All For Love")

COMMON: One song that I really love and I got it off the "Just Wright" mixtape is called "All For Love" and it's by Bilal. Bilal is this vocal genius.

(Soundbite of song, "All For Love")

BILAL (Neo soul and jazz singer,): (Singing) I've played the fool before. Stared at the sun till it burned out my eyesight. Blind but a man must move on. No time for regrets. Who lives to rehearse? Rehearsed the times you were here.

COMMON: He can do so much with his voice. To me, I love like soulful, jazz type of music and this artist, this guy can do it. He does so much with his voice to make it go different places. I just love it, you know, and this song "All For Love," it just brings my spirits up when I hear it.

(Soundbite of song, "All For Love")

BILAL: (Singing) All for love. You know I did it. All for love.

COMMON: Another tune that I really love is "A Love Supreme: Acknowledgment One." I just put that music on and I listen to the whole CD and just I play it over and over because in the morning sometimes I need that refreshing music just to get my day going bright.

(Soundbite of song, "A Love Supreme: Acknowledgement One")

COMMON: Sometimes when I'm going through something I can put on "A Love Supreme" and it takes me to a peaceful place. I believe John Coltrane is I know he's one of my favorite artists and favorite creators to ever come across this earth. You know, his music still lives on and I love "A Love Supreme."

(Soundbite of song, "Morning Glory")

COMMON: Also, I've been listening to a song by Jamiroquai called "Morning Glory."

(Soundbite of song, "Morning Glory")

COMMON: "Morning Glory," like, you feel like you riding on the water or something like on a boat when you hear it. It's just, it's like a good feeling and you could just cruise and it's like you're looking at a bright sunny day when you hear "Morning Glory.

(Soundbite of song, "Morning Glory")

COMMON: And Jamiroquai always was a band and a group that I thought was very unique and had just a good feel for music. You know, they come from London, but I just thought their music and think their music is universal.

(Soundbite of song, "Morning Glory")

COX: That was Common telling us about the music playing in his ear. To hear his recent interview with us, go to TELL ME MORE's website on the program page of

And that's our program for today. I'm Tony Cox and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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