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Randy Newman


Oregon Zoo (map) Southwest
Fri., July 26, 7 p.m. 2013 All Ages

Oregon Zoo

There are precious few songwriters more consistent and well rounded than Randy Newman. Nevertheless, I have to justify my love of Newman to virtually everyone I ever discuss him with, including self-identitfied "music snobs." It's downright ridiculous. Were people seriously that susceptible to those MADtv sketches? Is the Toy Story association really that significant? For every "You've Got a Friend in Me," there's a song like "I Think It's Going to Rain Today"—arguably one of the best songs ever written. For every toothless and goofy vignette like "Short People" there's a song like the show-stopping "Political Science," perhaps the most effective critique of bellicose cowboy culture in the form of a song. If you still don't like it, don't worry. You'll grow into it. MORGAN TROPER

Oregon Zoo

4001 SW Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97231

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  • Fri., July 26, 7 p.m. 2013
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