Former White House Doctor Reveals What's In Her Ear

Dr. Connie Mariano, who served as a White House physician for President's George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, shares what music she's listening to. The doctor says she has a special affinity for the music of Italian pop tenor Andrea Bocelli and country singer Brad Paisley.

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And finally, we end today's program with the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests about the music that's at the top of their personal playlists. Today: Dr. Connie Mariano. In nine years at the White House, she cared for President's George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Last week, she stopped by our studios to tell us about her memoir about her years at the White House. It's called appropriately enough, "The White House Doctor." And today, we hear about some of the music that has inspired her.

Dr. CONNIE MARIANO (Former White House Physician): This is Dr. Connie Mariano. I was a former White House physician from 1992 to 2001. Regarding the music I like to listen to, the first one would be by Andrea Bocelli, Una Vez.

(Soundbite of song, "Una Vez")

Mr. ANDREA BOCELLI (Singer): (Singing) (Foreign language spoken)

Dr. MARIANO: I was married to that song on June the 5th of this year in Aspen, Colorado, so that has some sentimental value.

(Soundbite of song, "Una Vez")

Mr. BOCELLI: (Singing) (Foreign language spoken)

Dr. MARIANO: The second one is by Brad Paisley. It's country western and it's a funny song called "Online."

(Soundbite of song "Online")

Mr. BRAD PAISLEY (Musician): (Singing) I work down at the pizza pit. And I drive an old Hyundai. I still live with my mom and dad. I'm 5'3" and overweight.

Dr. MARIANO: And it's about a guy who is more a less, we call a nerd. And it reminds me of sort of a lot of dreams of people who want to date online because I counsel a lot of single people who try to meet their perfect mate online.

(Soundbite of song "Online")

Mr. PAISLEY: (Singing) ...'cause online I'm out in Hollywood. I'm 6'5" and I look damn good. I drive a Maserati. I'm a black belt in Karate. And I love a good glass of wine.

Dr. MARIANO: And the third one is an oldie but a goodie, Neal Sedaka, "Calendar Girl."

(Soundbite of song, "Calendar Girl")

Mr. NEAL SEDAKA (Musician): (Singing) I love, I love, I love my calendar girl. Yeah, sweet calendar girl. I love, I love, I love my calendar girl. Each and every day of the year.

Dr. MARIANO: And it talks about the different girls he's loved with each month.

(Soundbite of song, "Calendar Girl")

Mr. SEDAKA: (Singing) January, you start the year off fine. February, you're my little valentine. March, I'm gonna march you down the aisle. April, you're the Easter Bunny when you smile...

Dr. MARIANO: It's fun to go jogging to that song. It's a fun happy song very upbeat.

(Soundbite of song, "Calendar Girl")

Mr. SEDAKA: (Singing) I love, I love, I love my little calendar girl every day, every day, every day, every day of the year. Every day of the year.

MARTIN: That was Dr. Connie Mariano telling us what's playing in her ear. To hear the full conversation with the former White House doctor, just go to our website at npr.org, click on programs, then on TELL ME MORE.

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.

(Soundbite of song, "Calendar Girl")

Mr. SEDAKA: (Singing) Yeah, yeah, my heart's in a whirl. I love, I love, I love my little calendar girl. Every day, every day, every day, every day, of the year. Every day of the year.

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