03/28/2008 02:45 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Obama's Setlist: "There's Hope" And "Celebration"

Before Barack Obama's rally at Nashua North High School, hundreds of people crammed into its gymnasium stayed upbeat by listening to the O'Jays, to Earth, Wind & Fire, to Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers.

That's Kenny Thompson's job. On this day, the Obama advance man has a 19-song warmup set on his Mac Book. "Mostly, they're songs I like,'' said Thompson, 27, a onetime middle-school saxophonist whose tastes owe a debt to his dad, a lover of 60s and 70s soul. "I've got hundreds of songs.''

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