Randy Newman’s foray into southwest Ohio this week, performing at Miami University’s Middletown campus Saturday, is a rare treat.
It’s not that he doesn’t like going on the road (“I enjoy doing that,” he says during a telephone interview), but he has so many competing interests, it’s often difficult to find the time. In addition to being a singer/songwriter (his first album came out in 1968) whose often-ironic, satirical and sometimes-character-driven compositions like “Short People,” “Sail Away” and “I Love L.A.” have become contemporary Pop classics, he’s also become a major composer for film.
His first breakthrough in film music came in 1981 with the Oscar-nominated song and score for Ragtime.
Randy Newman performs Saturday at Dave Finkelman Auditorium on the campus of Miami University Middletown. Go here to read Steven Rosen's full interview.