Sunday, July 15, 2007


There's a bit of magic about a man who can take a handful of plain words, and melodies that strike so near you feel you must have known them your entire life. But it's what Randy Newman can do. His performance at the Calvin Theater tonight was straightforward, and sublime. He started with "It's Money That I Love" and ended with "Feels Like Home," and in between it was a journey between hilarity and a simple, soulful connection with human feeling. Newman has made much of a modicum of talents - an endearing croak of a voice, a subtle touch on the keyboard, and a command of a few words that carry nearly all our human thought and feeling. He's one of the best, and tonight was no exception.

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