Thursday, August 4, 2011

Music: Randy Newman

We should be grateful to have had a couple of visits in recent years from Leonard Cohen and Jimmy Webb, as well as drop-ins by Paul Simon, Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks. It's sad, though, that the finest of all these legendary contemporary North American songwriters, Randy Newman, has never made it to Perth, a city he'd find particularly amusing.
Ah well; Perth's loss is Brisbane, Melbourne and, this weekend, Sydney's gain. Here's a terrific discussion with Radio National's perceptive Andrew Ford that includes live performances of Birmingham, Marie and the glorious, heartbreaking Cowboy, and a few compensatory clips of the boss (for a while) in action:

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