By Stacey Pistritto - 04/18/07 08:18 PM EDT
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) showed that he, for one, might harbor such desires Monday night as he smiled and bobbed his head to strains of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” performed by a student jazz ensemble at the Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts.
That act preceded a performance by Alexander himself, a trained classical pianist.
He started with a variation of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” earning the audience’s applause by playing the theme progressively faster.
Said Alexander, “Little boys like to see if they can run fast, and little boys who play piano like to see if they can play the piano fast.”
Alexander’s youth was marked by Patti Page’s “Mockingbird Hill,” while his teenage years were represented by Ray Charles’s cover of Cindy Walker’s “You Don’t Know Me.”
The senator explains, “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten mellower.”
But that doesn’t mean he’s lost his groove. Just last week he joined Page in a recording studio in Nashville, where he recorded “The Tennessee Waltz” for her upcoming greatest-hits album.