By David Beard, Boston.com
NASHUA, N.H. -- Trying to hold on in New Hampshire's Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton is leaning on tunes from The Boss, Dolly Parton and Big Head Todd.
Songs from all three blasted from Doug Fay's sound system as thousands of people streamed in for a rally here Sunday. The Clinton campaign's 10-song set of "walking music,'' as Fay called it, even shared a touch of Earth, Wind & Fire, a part of Barack Obama's setlist.
"It's a tricky thing to find right music that won't turn off the young people or the old people -- and won't bore them,'' said Fay, who has handled sound at rallies for both Clintons as well as fellow Democratic contenders Obama and John Edwards.
Fay got a CD from a Clinton advance person for Sunday's rally. If Fay had his way, he would have preferred something like "What is Hip?'' from the brassy Oakland R&B group Tower of Power. An assistant, Bob Annecston, wished he could play an old Alan Parsons Project tune that sums up Clinton's precarious pre-primary position: "Damned If I Do.''
Here's the full playlist at Clinton's rally at Nashua North High School:
1. Dolly Parton, "9 to 5''
2. KT Turnstall, "Suddenly I See''
3. Tom Petty, "American Girl''
4. Rascal Flatts, "Life Is A Highway''
5. Bruce Springsteen, "The Rising''
6. Smashmouth, "I'm a Believer''
7. Shania Twain, "Rock This Country''
8. Bachman-Turner Overdrive, "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet''
9. Earth Wind & Fire, "September''
Finally, Clinton took the stage to the lifting words of "Blue Sky,'' from Big Head Todd & The Monsters.
One lyric: "She stands, and she won't back down.''.
Another: "Don't change too late.''