Two Stops Down

A journal on photography by Thomas Riggs

Randy Newman on songwriting

In some way, I've written third-person songs for almost my whole writing career. I'm in character with many of them. I don't think it's the best medium for that kind of work necessarily, because people are used to "from-me-to-you", that kind of direct expression. [...] My best songs, I can see characters in it. And, by the diction of the singer, what he says, the words he knows and how he says it, the audience can tell what he's like, and what it's about.


This article was published on 18 April 2011.