We're revisiting our conversation with the great Randy Newman. He's just been nominated for two Academy Awards, one for the score he composed for Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story, and another for the original song he composed for Toy Story 4. It's called "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away." Randy's songbook is a part of the fabric of modern pop culture. He writes pop songs, catchy tunes that can perfectly encapsulate a touching film moment. But he also writes songs that come from a place of darkness. Randy talks about writing songs that tap into his feelings, being inspired to get into writing music for film by his three uncles and meeting Frank Sinatra. Plus, Randy ponders why a guy with seven Grammys hasn't had more hits.
The legendary singer/songwriter and film composer reflects on his half-century career, nine films with Pixar and composing his first dramatic score in decades for Noah Baumbach.Credits: Hosted by Scott Feinberg, recorded and produced by Matthew Whitehurst and Joshua Farnham.
Marc believes - and many agree with him - that Randy Newman is an American genius. One person who's not so sure is Randy himself who, after half a century as a recording artist, 13 solo albums, 23 soundtracks, six Grammys, two Oscars and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, tells Marc he still doesn't think he's done enough. They talk about Randy's early albums, his struggles with songwriting, his film scores, his latest album Dark Matter and his legacy in American music. This episode is sponsored by HBO's Room 104, ZipRecruiter and Dr. Katz: The Audio Files on Audible Channels.
Legendary songwriter, singer, producer and arranger Van Dyke Parks is famed for a unique genre-bending catalogue and collaborations with everyone from Brian Wilson to Silverchair to Skrillex. On this episode, he tells the story of one of his favorite albums - which he also happens to have co-produced: Randy Newman's self-titled 1968 debut. Van Dyke tells tales of the insulting liner notes that forced them to reprint the album cover, how Newman collaborated with his film composer uncle Alfred on the record, how the album went against the grain of the counterculture in pop music and Randy's crippling lack of confidence in his own singing. Plus, Van Dyke reveals his own proudest contribution to the album as a producer, why he doesn't listen to pop music and the crucial advice he gave Jann Wenner when he started Rolling Stone Magazine. My Favorite Album is a podcast unpacking the great works of pop music. Each episode features a different songwriter or musician discussing their favorite album of all time - their history with it, the making of the album, individual songs and the album’s influence on their own music. Jeremy Dylan is a filmmaker, journalist and photographer from Sydney, Australia who has worked in the music industry since 2007. He directed the the feature music documentary Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts (out now!) and the feature film Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, in addition to many commercials and music videos. If you’ve got any feedback or suggestions, drop us a line at email@example.com.
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