Clip: Touring Newman previews album to come
Touring Newman previews album to come
November 3, 2006
BY GARY GRAFF
Randy Newman hopes to end the wait for an album of new material some
time in 2007. The veteran singer/songwriter says he has eight or nine
songs "in the middle of" being written, which he says is unusual.
"Usually I'll start 'em and then finish them, one at a time. Why that
happened this time, I don't know, but I've got three done, I think,
and six or seven more to do," he says. "I'd like to maybe start
recording some time this year [and] maybe get it out by the spring of
On his current tour, which brings him to Orchestra Hall tonight,
Newman is previewing some of the new songs, among them "Losing You," a
love song, and "A Few Words in Defense of My Country," which he
debuted earlier this year in Europe.
"It's kind of an odd song about how things are now, in my opinion,"
Newman says, though he adds that direct political commentary is not a
milieu he's comfortable with.
"I haven't done that more than two or three times in my life because
they don't hold up," he explains. "The times change. I wrote something
about the first Gulf war called 'Lines in the Sand'; that would work
now, again, just coincidentally, but it's too specific."
Newman hasn't chosen a producer for the new album but says he tends to
work relatively quickly once the songs are together. He also notes
that each time he starts recording he's caught off guard by how long
it's been between albums; this will be his first since 1999's "Bad
Love," though he reprised some of his old songs in solo piano versions
on 2003's "The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1."
"It's always too long," Newman notes. "I think I should've tried to
develop more of a liking for the studio. I don't like it in there
much, the way some people do. But the possibilities for the studio,
which are immense, I've never explored that much. Another thing I
regret is I haven't put out more work. Elton John made five records
while I was watching 'Monday Night Football.' I wish I'd done more,
but there's nothing I can do about it."