State of the Union: Bravman’s Favorite Tunes


I emailed President Bravman late Monday night (technically Tuesday morning) asking him for a list of 7 of his favorite songs, if he wasn’t too busy, of course.  Exceeding my expectations, I received a response within the hour with the message “this is a little different than you asked for - it's just impossible to narrow it down…” I opened the document to be greeted by about seven songs PER DECADE and a history of his musical experience.  This was FANTASTIC, I knew that this playlist was going to be awesome before I even looked at the list he sent me.  Read below to see what the President likes to listen to; you can find a link to the entire playlist at the end of the article! President Bravman listens to a variety of music, including rock, jazz (“real, not smooth”), symphonic and vocal music and even tried his hand at percussion--which he wants to get back into and remembers saving up to buy a Beach Boys album in 1964.

President Bravman considers Mahler’s Second Symphony, “The Resurrection” the greatest piece of music ever-- if you check out the SACD version of the live recording of the San Francisco Symphony you might hear our university president cheering in the background because he was in the audience.

If you get a few minutes to talk to President Bravman about music, chances are, you’ll learn something.  In his email, he was talking about bit rate and his favorite movie about music (High Fidelity) -- so he definitely knows his stuff.  In addition to thinking that The Beatles are the greatest band ever and listening to the other music that he provided me with, Bravman thinks that the best music ever is “whatever moves your heart.”  Get to know our President on a level aside from the administrator-student one you’re probably on now -- you’ll be glad you did.

“Thanks for the opportunity to share some of my favorite music with Campus Vinyl. I was born in 1957, so the music of the 1960s through the year 2000 covers a good part of my life. It was the period of rock’n’roll, from its adolescence to, more or less, it’s deathbed. I have a large collection of music – about 35000 cuts – so it’s hard to pick out anything like ‘my favorites.’”