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With humor, he wants to be taken seriously

Randy Newman, using a few words at a time, hopes to 'save the world'

''The Republicans don't want to hear me,'' says Randy Newman. ''That's just the way it goes.'' ''The Republicans don't want to hear me,'' says Randy Newman. ''That's just the way it goes.'' (jeff chiu/associated press/file)
By Joan Anderman
Globe Staff / September 21, 2008

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Randy Newman is a successful film composer, respected singer-songwriter, and pop's most incisive, sharp-witted satirist. His new album, "Harps and Angels," includes such signature tuneage as "Korean Parents," "A Piece of the Pie" (a morality tale starring Bono, Jackson Browne, and John Mellencamp), and a jaunty ditty about the end of an empire - ours - titled "A Few Words ... (Full article: 716 words)

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