Musings on the byways of popular culture
21/04/2020 by SteveT 14 Comments
21/04/2020 at 17:20
Randy Newman is one of my favourite people ever. I remember watching a ‘solo’ TV concert of his (with an orchestra) with my mum in the early seventies. He was always a grizzled old man with a wry sense of humour, a pithy turn of phrase and a twinkle in his eye. He’s never changed, his first LP pretty much as good as his last, though Sail Away captures his essence best of all. Top, top man.
Vulpes Vulpes says
21/04/2020 at 17:23
Bless him. Anyone who has a lovely lurcher asleep and happily oblivious at his feet while he blurts out a quick coronavirus song is a bona-fide nice guy in my book.
But then Randy was already one of my good guys. Good stuff.
21/04/2020 at 17:50
Randy is indeed a brilliant songwriter and a top guy. But I haven’t had much luck seeing him live in concert. On three separate occasions in the last 12 years or so, I’ve had tickets to see him live in Stockholm. The first two of those he cancelled. The third is on 17 May, which of course will be cancelled too. Indeed, it should’ve been cancelled weeks ago, but presumably the promoters don’t want to announce the cancellation formally, as then they would have to give people their money back. [Sigh.]
21/04/2020 at 18:45
I have tickets for London 7th June which is also not cancelled yet either on the venue site or his site.
Costelo cancelled Brum on 18th March and there is no rearranged date yet nor any offer of a refund. Nick Cave and Crowded House on the other hand gave rearranged dates at the time of announcing the original cancellation. It doesnt sit well with me that millionaire musicians can sit with my money in their bank account until they decide their next move.
21/04/2020 at 19:57
Do the musicians have the money?
I thought it was the promoter who has it and the promoter pays the artist around the time of the performance.
Blue Boy says
21/04/2020 at 20:51
That’s right. The money will be sat between a mix of the venue (if they have their own box office), ticket agents and promoters, and the artist will generally have very little to do with any delay in the decision-making.
21/04/2020 at 18:33
Absolutely agree with those above. An astonishing songwriter, great writer of film music and all round good guy. Along with Ry Cooder a true American hero.
21/04/2020 at 18:41
I admire him, wonderful songwriter, but I just can’t get on with his voice.
21/04/2020 at 22:30
Wish I could sing and play the piano like that. His piano playing is a wonderful combination of modern American classical (Aaron Copland, Charles Ives etc) and blues and ragtime. His voice is what it is, like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits.
22/04/2020 at 02:27
22/04/2020 at 04:20
I never understood how ‘Putin’ wasn’t a bigger deal? ( how much time have I got left to edit this to my satisfaction?)
It’s got everything. A brilliant lyric. A nice melody. World War Two girl back up singers in uniform.
22/04/2020 at 07:08
As it was mentioned in passing in the latest Mojo, I dug out the “Nilsson sings Newman” album, released in February 1970. Same month as “Morrison Hotel.”
Fantastic record and, as with most fantastic records, doesn’t hang around too long – 25:17!
22/04/2020 at 09:06
I’ve seen Randy live a couple of times. But in reference to Duco01’s comments about having difficulty seeing him, I had that experience at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. I was in a lovely box with a great view of the stage. A solo gig at the piano, he walked on and was immediately obscured by the piano lid. I only got to see him again when he walked off.
Junior Wells says
22/04/2020 at 12:49
He cancelled a tour of Oz at quite short notice earlier this year before Covid broke out of China. Promoters said he was taking longer to recover from an op.
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