Honored by PEN New England on Monday, June 2, 2014

Randy, “whose 40-year career has included a few improbable hits (‘Short People’ and ‘I Love L.A.’), two Academy Awards (and 20 nominations), and a trove of smart, satirical songs that has won him the reverence of his peers, seemed to enjoy himself Monday. He told the crowd he’s ‘just enough of a snob’ to relish […]

Read more..

The Library of Congress’ Gershwin Room

During a visit to The Library of Congress, Randy Newman was given the opportunity to play George Gershwin’s piano. “Outdoors but Not the Red River Valley” was written on commission from pianist Gloria Cheng and is one in a five-part homage to Newman’s uncles, film composers Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman. “My uncle Alfred wrote […]

Read more..

“Big Time” on Peter Gabriel’s “And I’ll Scratch Yours”

“And I’ll Scratch Yours” is the “companion to the critically acclaimed Scratch My Back and the concluding part of a series of song exchanges in which Peter and other leading artists reinterpret each other’s songs.” Randy, interpreting “Big Time,” joined Lou Reed, Arcade Fire, David Byrne, Paul Simon, and others in covering Peter Gabriel’s tunes. To […]

Read more..

Induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: April 18, 2013

“I really thought maybe I’d have to die first,” Randy told Rolling Stone. “I didn’t think it would happen if it didn’t happen, you know, a little earlier. But this is great. I’m really glad it happened when I was still around to see it.” Rolling Stone has more information here. The Rock and Roll Hall […]

Read more..

“I’m Dreaming”: Free download

“It’s difficult to imagine any other musician so nimbly addressing contemporary America without hiding behind the abstraction that plagues so many songwriters. Forty years after his debut LP, Newman remains in a class of his own. Now as before, no one can touch him.” —Time Out NY Randy Newman’s new song, “I’m Dreaming” is also […]

Read more..