I'm pretty proud of my film music in general. Randy Newma
I've often written about places that are totally different from anything I know. Sometimes they turn out better.
I like Public Enemy a great deal.
And the Lord said: I burn down your cities - how blind you must be. I take from you your children, and you say how blessed are we. You all must be crazy to put your faith in me. That's why I love mankind.
A Fool In Love,
College men from L.S.U., went in dumb, come out dumb, too.
If we'd had another carefree 70's, I'd have been dead. It was a little too carefree, you know? I don't know how carefree they were for me, I think I was worried then, I can't remember what about.
I started recording because I was always complaining about the records that I was getting of my songs. At least if I did them and messed them up, I wouldn't have anyone else to blame.
I do movies because I love writing for orchestra though it scares me and the money is good. I can't make a living doing just albums, times are difficult now for geriatric artists.
I've opted to work in the Broadway field, as opposed to breaking my heart trying to score films, which is such a damnably difficult thing to do. I guess it's just the dragon I prefer to slay, the one that gives me the most satisfaction to do battle with.
I'm pretty proud of my film music in general.
If getting on the radio was a major motivation, I'd be one of the worst writers of all time. I admire people who do it, and I think it's a nice way to work, but I try to do the best I can and write what I like. I don't worry about it.
Sometimes what I'm writing is more important to me than the rest of my life. It's more important to me that I'm writing well than anything else.
You know, they say you can reduce genius to someone who spent 10,000 hours trying to get good at something. I'm not claiming either one of those. I haven't done anything for 10,000 hours but sleep. But you do stuff enough, you get better at it. Usually it's a simple thing like that. Essentially, a b
But if you're doing something, show up everyday, and something good might happen - it's not going to happen if you don't show up.
In England, in France, in no other country would a black man have a chance to get elected. There's no two ways about it. Our country [USA] has been better about dealing with immigration and people who are different from each other than any other country in the world, that I know of.
I once had dinner with Madonna and I wasn't nervous but within about a minute I found myself talking about underwear.
I've written a song for Prince. I never showed it to Prince, but just to see if I could do it. At the time, when I sort of knew him, he was recording a song a day. I wondered if I could do that. So I wrote it.
I think the tax cut is ridiculous but so am I. Randy Ne
Rednecks' always made me nervous to play, but I'm glad I wrote it and I continue to play it. It's just that the language is so rough.
I like science - geography, meteorology, cosmology.
I like the idea of taking a true classic written by a true genius and essentially destroying it!
I don't remember ever having writer's block. If I sit in there for four hours, I'll usually have something.
Still, it's clear that there are lots of people out there who are uncomfortable [about racism]. The Civil War was a long time ago but there are aspects of it that remain unsettled,
Mostly, I don't write overtly personal stuff.
a throwback to the players of old. They are not afraid to play with pain.
I don't want your pity. I want to thank first of all the music branch for giving me so many chances to be humiliated over the years.
Who would want to break into [the music business]? It's like a bank that's already been robbed.
I've written about a lot of different things, but the whole idea of writing for another character is unusual for pop music. Most of the repertory is love songs, and most of mine isn't. I don't know if that's a mental defect, or shyness, or what.
If I were to die tomorrow, I think they'd say Newman 56, composer of the hit song, Short People. Jumped off a mountain today.