1. Saturday, February 20, 2010

    truest and i saw randy newman last night 

    at royce hall in ucla

    he was sick but you wouldnt know it, he was so funny, and at times so wonderful

    he made a few mistakes and said “damn it” but people just loved him more

    he played some completely non-PC songs that most of us had heard before, but it was still shocking

    and he had so many killer tunes that he didnt play any covers and his biggest hit wasnt even the last tune

    he totally made fun of the huge Pixar movie that made him famous among children

    it was terribly romantic and also hilarious and intimate and no bs.

    we had horrible seats but we sat next to this couple who were so nice. the man even turned us on to this raucus version of God’s Song righteously delivered by Etta James, so see everything happens for reasons.

    God’s Song

    Cain slew Abel Seth knew not why
    For if the children of Israel were to multiply
    Why must any of the children die?
    So he asked the Lord
    And the Lord said:

    “Man means nothing he means less to me
    than the lowiliest cactus flower
    or the humblest yucca tree
    he chases round this desert
    cause he thinks that’s where i’ll be
    that’s why i love mankind

    I recoil in horror from the foulness of thee
    from the squalor and the filth and the misery
    How we laugh up here in heaven at the prayers you offer me
    That’s why i love mankind”

    The Christians and the Jews were having a jamboree
    The Buddhists and the Hindus joined on satellite TV
    They picked their four greatest priests
    And they began to speak
    They said “Lord the plague is on the world
    Lord no man is free
    The temples that we built to you
    Have tumbled into the sea
    Lord, if you won’t take care of us
    Won’t you please please let us be?”

    And the Lord said
    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 must all be crazy to put your faith in me
    That’s why i love mankind
    You really need me
    That’s why i love mankind”