"There's something about doing that first score for a film," says composer Carter Burwell, "that is maybe the most exciting moment you'll ever have creatively. You have nothing in your musical…
The almost universal lament over the decline in pop music culture has calcified into such a chunk of Conventional Wisdom that it's become pure folly to dispute.
Long before Alanis Morissette delivered her treatise about what life is like when it is "Ironic," Randy Newman was pop music's ironist par excellence.
It seems almost too perfect. The Newman music family. The legacy of the triumvirate of Alfred, Lionel and Emil carried on by the younger generation of Randy, Thomas, David and Maria.
Ted Lange has seen the highs and lows of show business, and states emphatically that right now, in the late 1990s, is definitely not a low for the depiction of black characters on television.