'In Your Ear' Former daytime television star Victoria Rowell, and former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen and his wife Janet Langhart Cohen open up their music file and share what they're grooving to.

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And now, it's time for a segment we call In Your Ear.

This is where we ask some of the people we meet, what are you listening to? Today, we'll hear from some previous guests. They include a former secretary of defense and his wife, a well-known media figure. But we begin with a famous soap star.

Ms. VICTORIA ROWELL (Actress): Hi, I'm Victoria Rowell, and I'm listening to Robin Feck. I think he's fab. I'm listening to, well, always, always Sara Vaughn. My favorite is "Brazilian Romance," and that's partially produced by Milton Nascimentoi.

(Soundbite of song, "Brazilian Romance")

Ms. SARA VAUGHN (Singer): (Singing) Look out in space. (unintelligible) So many (unintelligible) so many hearts, so many smiles.

Ms. ROWELL: Of course, of course, of course, of course I've got to have Marvin Gaye, "What's going on?"

(Soundbite of song "What's Goin' On")

Mr. MARVIN GAYE (Singer): (Singing) Mother, mother, there's too many of you crying…

Ms. ROWELL: What I love about Marvin Gaye, his life was incredible and it was tragic. I am amazed by what he was able to do in the short period of time he was on this earth, and the music is speaking to the people. He speaks to the people. And so I love that. I feel like he speaks to me when he sings.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. GAYE: (Singing) Oh, you know that we've got to find a way. To bring some understanding here today. Picket lines…

Ms. ROWELL: His music gets all up inside of me and makes me move. No matter what mood I may be in, he can take me out of it.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. GAYE: (Singing) Come on, talk to me so you can see what's going on. Yeah, what's going on. Tell me what's going on. I'll tell you what's going on.

Ms. ROWELL: I would stay ditto with Sara Vaughn, certainly. And then, with this new person, this new artist, Robin Thicke, he's soulful. He's soulful. But, of course, he had to learn from Marvin and from Sara so lucky for him.

(Soundbite of song "Lost without You")

Mr. ROBIN THICKE (Singer): (Singing) I'm lost without you, can't help myself. How does it feel to know that I love you baby? I'm lost without you…

Mr. BILL COHEN (Former Secretary of Defense, Former Senator): This is Bill Cohen speaking, and the music that I hear when I'm working out is Phil Driscoll. He's a Pentecostal jazz musician who has performed for our troops here in Constitution Hall.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. PHIL DRISCOLL (Singer, Songwriter, Trumpet Player): (Singing) (unintelligible) gentle and mighty. Great is the (unintelligible) for me. You are my (unintelligible), but you call me worthy to called your friend. You love me as I am.

Ms. JANET LANGHART COHEN (Mr. Bill Cohen's Wife): Hi. This is Janet Langhart Cohen. And the music that's in my ear is Natalie Cole, "So Many Stars."

(Soundbite of song, "So Many Stars")

Ms. NATALIE COLE (Singer): (Singing) Along the countless days, the endless nights that I have searched so many eyes, so many hearts…

Ms. COHEN: I like the lyrics to the song - so many stars to pick from, which one will be mine?

(Soundbite of song "So Many Stars")

Ms. COLE: (Singing) Which one to choose? Which way to go? How can I tell? How will I know? Out of, oh, so many stars, so many stars?

Ms. COHEN: The rhythm is nice as I'm winding down on my cardiovascular. It enables me to just ease off the treadmill into another kind of zen moment.

(Soundbite of song "So Many Stars")

Mr. COHEN: Can I also add that I listen to the theme from Rocky?

(Soundbite of song, "Gonna Fly Now")

Mr. COHEN: We happen to know Sylvester Stallone, and he's a good friend of Janet's and mine, and that theme just gives me inspiration when I'm trying to get that extra mile in on the treadmill or the Stairmaster or lift a few more weights. It's the Rocky thing that gets me going.

(Soundbite of song, "Gonna Fly Now")

MARTIN: Okay. We hope you're pumped up. That was former Secretary of Defense and former Senator Bill Cohen talking about what gets him motivated. And before that, we heard from his wife, former broadcaster Janet Langhart Cohen and actress Victoria Rowell.

(Soundbite of music)

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