List: Top Five Story Songs — No. 2

2. Christmas In Cape Town—by Randy Newman. This is possibly the darkest, ugliest song that Randy Newman has ever written, and he’s written some ugly ones. Consider yourself warned: Listen. The thing you have to understand about Randy Newman, though, is that he often writes songs from the viewpoint of despicable characters—polar opposites from the … Continue reading List: Top Five Story Songs — No. 2

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List: Top Five Story Songs—No. 5

"You see, I knew that song so long before we met, that it means so much more than it might" —Elvis Costello, King Horse Elvis is onto something here, I think. There are certain songs that take on meanings that are far beyond whatever the songs are "about." Surely everybody has their own songs like … Continue reading List: Top Five Story Songs—No. 5