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Jon Batiste on the One Song He Would Listen to for the Rest of His Life

On the June 9, 2022 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the amazing musician Jon Batiste took part in The Colbert Questionert. My favorite question that Jon answered in this segment was, “You get one song to listen to for the rest of your life, what is it?” His immediate reaction was so genuine. That the question was the hardest of the bunch. He paused, then replied that it would have to be “Gymnopédie No.1” by Erik Satie.

His choice is such a beautiful one. “That’s one you could listen to forever.” Jon elaborated that if we had to choose one song that it would need to be something you could listen to and always hear new things—that is had to be something healing that could regenerate you.

"Gymnopédie No. 1" by Erik Satie (Olga Scheps)
You could see that Jon was really torn, having to choose just one. He went on to describe three more that would be contenders. Those were “Lotus Blossom” by Billy Strayhorn, “Reflections in D” by Duke Ellington, and “Air on the G String” by J.S. Bach. I think he made some very, very good choices.
Duke Ellington Plays Billy Strayhorn
Bill Evans Montreux 1978 Reflections In D
Air On The G String, J. S. Bach - Anastasiya Petryshak

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