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”