Thursday, June 9, 2011
And Speaking Of Randy Newman...
A few things I've learned from yesterday's discussion:
Paul Simon is a cranky old man.
Not everyone enjoys making lists.
People love The Beatles.
People "appreciate" Bob Dylan, which really means, they don't like him. (Like when people say "That's funny," instead of actually laughing at something.)
If you have an unpleasant singing voice, people pay less attention to your songwriting, no matter how brilliant.
And speaking of Randy Newman, here is a fab show from the BBC, recorded late last year at St. Luke's. Newman is one of my heroes, and this performance shows why. Always engaging, often hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking, Randy Newman is an American treasure. There are few songs that can stop me dead in my tracks the way "Marie" can. (And I think there's a live Paul Simon version out there somewhere.)
Mama Told Me Not To Come
The World Isn't Fair
You Can Leave Your Hat On
I Miss You
Laugh & Be Happy
Feels Like Home
A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country
I Think It's Going To Rain Today