Randy Newman Flashback Evokes Catalogue Dive

cdThe other day I had this memory surface quite randomly. I was about my son's age, maybe six or seven, and I was in the basement of my grandparents' house in Midland, Ontario.

In this memory I can see the billiards table, the brownish-orange shag carpeting, and in the corner, this great old turntable with dozens of records. I'm leafing through the records and along with The Irish Rovers and several artists I wasn't familiar with, there are many albums by Randy Newman.

This memory sort of sprung up and bit me out of nowhere, so I secured myself Randy Newman's entire catalogue of music and dove in. I've been listening to Randy quite a bit these past few days, and I'm loving it. I dig his style, his lyrics, the way he tells a story in song and the tone of his voice. Sure, I knew a little Randy Newman before, but I never appreciated his talent until now.

My grandfather, as it turned out, was a big Randy Newman fan. I was pretty young when my grandpa passed away, and I haven't really thought about him in over a decade, but suddenly we have this link.

Music's kinda neat that way.

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Mary Boon

I loved, loved Randy Newman. I did not know you have several of
your grandpa's collection? Great music. Saw him a couple of times.

October 21, 2008 @ 6:30 AM

Toronto Mike

I don't!

These aren't his actual records, just copies of the same albums.

October 21, 2008 @ 8:54 AM

Ottawa (Charlottetown) Mike

I like Randy Newman, athough I don't own any of his stuff. Every time I hear his name now I can't help think of the Family Guy episode where he sits on the porch and sings about what he sees:


October 21, 2008 @ 9:09 AM

Mike from Lowville

I love Randy and have many of his albums.(yep I'm old) I guess most would have heard or know "Short People" as his greatest hit but, he is far deeper than that. I also have many Al Stewart albums. Both artists have a special way of telling a story.

October 22, 2008 @ 1:32 PM


I saw him at U of T in the mid to late 80's. Probably the dullest concert of all time for me. The closest I got to standing was a head-bob. His voice goes well with Pixar.

October 24, 2008 @ 1:33 PM

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