February 2, 2009

Randy Newman - Feels Like Home

If you're from my generation, you probably first heard Randy Newman's work from the hits he wrote for other folks, like I've Never Been to Spain, Mama Told Me Not To Come, I Think It's Going To Rain Today, and You Can Leave Your Hat On. And then for his own hits, Short People and I Love L.A. Younger generations may know him from the soundtrack of Toy Story (You've Got a Friend In Me), James and the Giant Peach, A Bug's Life, Cars, and Monsters, Inc.

Back in the 90s, Newmna wrote a musical adaptation of Faust. Feels Like Home was written for Bonnie Raitt to sing. (Sorry, the only Bonnie version I could find was this General Hospital fan video. But you don't have to watch it. Just listen.) It was also covered by Linda Rhonstadt and Chantal Kreviazuk and appears on the How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days soundtrack.

The female covers are great, but there's something irrevocably poignant in Newman's plaintive, mush-mouth voice expressing such transparent vulnerability.

And, as a bonus, here's a live recording of a lesser known but equally powerful Newman song, I Miss You.

1 comment:

~k/c~ said...

his speaking voice is almost as comfy as his singing...good taste, sir.