episode date - July 25, 2012
The singer/songwriter phenomenon was at its peak in the Summer of ’72, but it’s not so easy to explain exactly what that means. For instance, Van Morrison and Randy Newman both qualify as “singer/songwriters”, but they have virtually nothing in common.
One is instinctive and relies on internal ruminations for inspiration, while the other rights extraordinarily literate first-person portrayals of fairly despicable people. One relies on musicians to ‘float’ while the song takes on a life of its own, while the other writes complex orchestral arrangements to suspend the listener into a sense of sympathy for his distasteful characterizations.
Despite such immense differences, both Van Morrison and Randy Newman often appeal to the exact same audience. It just so happens that both artists released albums forty years ago this month, so this show features tracks extracted from each.
Songs covered include;
1) Sail Away – Randy Newman (“Sail Away”)
2) Lonely at the Top – Randy Newman (“Sail Away”)
3) Last Night I Had a Dream – Randy Newman (“Sail Away”)
4) Political Science – Randy Newman (“Sail Away”)
5) You Can Leave Your Hat On – Randy Newman (“Sail Away”)
6) God’s Song – Randy Newman (“Sail Away”)
7) Jackie Wilson Said – Van Morrison (“St. Dominic’s Preview”)
8) Saint Dominic’s Preview – Van Morrison (“St. Dominic’s Preview”)
9) Almost Independence Day – Van Morrison (“St. Dominic’s Preview”)
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