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Music That Moves Rita Wilson

Sep 30, 2013
Originally published on September 30, 2013 3:37 pm

Rita Wilson is an actress, singer and editor-at-large for the Huff/Post50 website. She shares some of her favorite songs for Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series.

One of her favorite songs is Joni Mitchell's Blue. "What I love about the song is that not only is it beautiful melodically, but it is beautiful poetically," Wilson says. "The way she uses words and visuals and strings them all together is — I just think what makes Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell."

Wilson also points out Beyonce's All The Single Ladies. She says, "You cannot hear that song and not get up and try to do those dance moves. It just makes you get up and move."


Rita Wilson's Playlist

Blue by Joni Mitchell

I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

All The Single Ladies by Beyonce

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

And now for the occasional feature we call In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests to tell us about the songs they can't get out of their heads. Rita Wilson joined us earlier this year. She's an actress, singer, producer and editor-at-large for the HuffPost 50 website, and we asked her to share some songs that inspired her.

RITA WILSON: This is Rita Wilson, and this is what's playing in my ear. One of the songs that I love to listen to is "Blue" by Joni Mitchell.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLUE")

WILSON: What I love about the song is that not only is it beautiful melodically, but it is beautiful poetically. The way she uses words and visuals and strings them all together is - I just think what makes Joni Mitchell Joni Mitchell.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLUE")

WILSON: One of the songs that I love - and I think it's a classic - is "I Can't Make You Love Me," that Bonnie Raitt made popular. She didn't write it, but she made it popular. And it's just one of those classic, perfect songs. It's so visual. You can imagine that this woman is going through this routine of getting ready to go to bed, make love to a man that she knows doesn't really love her.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME")

WILSON: And it's just one of those classic, perfect songs. You can't go wrong with "I Can't Make You Love Me."

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SINGLE LADIES")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME")

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME")

WILSON: Another song I really like is "Single Ladies" by Beyonce because you cannot hear that song and not get up and try to do those dance moves. It just makes you get up and move.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SINGLE LADIES")

HEADLEE: That was Rita Wilson telling us what's playing in her ear. To hear our original conversation with her, please head over to our website. Select TELL ME MORE from the program page of NPR.org. And that's our program for today. This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Tune in for more talk tomorrow.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SINGLE LADIES") Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.