Don’t invite Randy Newman to speak at your event if you don’t want to laugh nonstop for an hour. Especially in front of a group of musicians. The Recording Musicians Association asked me, again this year, to conduct a live Q&A with one of their favorite composers, the estimable, Oscar-winning songwriter Randy Newman. Really, with Randy you just wind him up and get out of the way.
The Recording Musicians Association has been kind enough to ask me to conduct their annual composer interviews, and this year John Williams agreed to sit down for a one-hour conversation. There were dozens of truly great L.A. musicians present, along with old friends including longtime contractor Sandy DeCrescent. As always, he was thoughtful, insightful and absolutely fascinating. We did this at the Biltmore Hotel downtown and I was honored to be the interviewer.