I’ve been buying Randy Newman’s records for forty years, and attending his club shows and theatrical concerts for thirty-five. I was there when he first sang, to an explosive audience reaction,
“We’re rednecks, we’re rednecks
We don’t know our ass from a hole in the ground…”
And also when he introduced the equally inflammatory
“Short people have no reason, short people have no reason,
Short people have no reason
Randy Newman is smart, he is funny, he is satirical, he is subversive, he can write a mean Toy Story theme song, he’s an inspired composer – check out The Natural film score – and he can also be tender, although, frequently, darkly so.
This is one of his earlier efforts.
It can still put me in a mood. (Or, perhaps, reinforce the mood I am perennially in.)
Give a listen.
Oh. I know tomorrow is a big holiday. But if you have a moment, check out my Christmas Day “Radio Earlo – Part Four.”
I think you’ll be happy you did.