...about a songwriter who’s
“outrageous, alarming, courageous, and charming”?
(Have we got a class for you!)
Randy Newman’s American Voice(s)
Starting with his first album in 1968 and continuing through his most recent release in 2011
(as well as many of his very popular film soundtracks), Randy Newman has populated his music with a series of characters that reflect the complexities and contradictions of the late-20th-century and early 21st-century United States.
Often misunderstood because of his preference for dramatic monologues (as opposed to the more personal/confessional approach of the rock/pop/folk singer-songwriter), Newman – steeped in our national, musical and cinematic history – offers his audience unflinching portraits of an array of outcasts, patriots, bigots, dreamers, simpletons, loners, and lovers struggling to understand our world, even as its very foundation seems to be shifting beneath them.
For more info:
Dr. Gilbert L. Gigliotti
Department of English
Emma Hart Willard Hall 329
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT 06050