ASPENBEAT RADIO: RANDY NEWMAN MUSIC
"Most of my songs are about insensitivity of some kind"
Randy Newman had to cancel his appearance in Aspen, but that inspired Aspenbeat to do a bit of digging on Randy's music, and play an hour of his songs. Of course you know he composed and sang 'Short People' and 'I Love L.A.'. But did you know he wrote 'You Can Leave Your Hat On' (made famous by Joe Cocker) and 'Mama Told Me Not To Come (covered by Three Dog Night)? He's won 2 OSCARS, 3 EMMYS, 6 GRAMMYS and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year.
Randy Newman is known for his satire, especially the political variety. In 2012 he released a song, "I'm Dreaming Of A White President". As noted on his website, with lyrics from the viewpoint of a voter who casts his ballot solely based on skin color, the song draws attention to something Newman has noticed and written about for 40 years: racism in America. (The complete lyrics are below.) While the song, which Newman performs solo at the piano, is free, anyone wishing to contribute is encouraged to donate to the United Negro College Fund at www.uncf.org. Lyrics to that song on his website here: http://randynewman.com/2012/09/im-dreaming-a-new-song-by-randy-free-download/
If you want to see him perform live, his next concert date shows on his website as a July 1, 2014 "Faust" concert in NYC.
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST FOR THIS SHOW: Aspenbeat Radio: Randy Newman Music ("I'm Dreaming Of A White President not avail on Spotify)
SOUNDCLOUD AUDIO FILE FOR THE SHOW: https://soundcloud.com/aspenbeat-1/aspenbeat-radio-randy-newman
Randy Newman on iTunes: Randy Newman
Aspenbeat PLAYLIST list of songs here: http://aspenbeat.com/release/aspenbeat-radio-randy-newman-music-mar-15-2014/
RESOURCES AND INSPIRATION:
Randy Newman's website: http://randynewman.com/
Free download of "I'm Dreaming Of A White President": http://randynewman.com/2012/09/im-dreaming-a-new-song-by-randy-free-download/
The New Yorker Magazine, "Dreaming of A White President" article: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/09/dreaming-of-a-white-president.html
Slate Magazine, "I'm Dreaming Of A White President: Randy Newman On His New Song
ASPENBEAT RADIO: RANDY NEWMAN MUSICBroadcast on APR on Saturday, Mar 15, 2014, 8-9pm
Host: Andrea Young
Theme: Randy Newman's Music