Recognized for his satirical songs and their unreliable narrators, Randy Newman has launched what could also be his least untrustworthy, most reliably narrated quantity ever: “Keep Away,” a brief tune he placed on social media on the behest of a radio station that had requested him to weigh in on life through the coronavirus disaster.
“I’ve been requested by KPCC [a public radio talk station in Pasadena] to say some phrases about social distancing, due to my scientific background,” he says initially of the clip, including that “apparently there’s some illness that’s going round. Keep six toes away from folks, wash your palms religiously and sometimes, and don’t contact your face.”
After which Newman units these sentiments to music — a love music, of kinds — that appears ahead to all of the issues that may occur after the pandemic eases up (vehicle purchases, for wanton cruising down Imperial Freeway, presumably) whereas reiterating the issues that may’t occur now (pores and skin contact, even amongst intimates). An unseen canine presents quiet help from close to the piano, human/canine contact being a safer wager.
It’s not probably the most tightly or classically structured music Newman has ever put out in his five-decade-plus profession, however it’s going to ring a bell amongst shut-in listeners. And though he’s in all probability in no hazard of becoming a member of the ranks of completely confessional songwriters, the reference to having been with a “Venus in sweatpants” for “30 years collectively” (the size of time Newman has been wed) does appear to reaffirm that he’s writing out of character right here. Newman even presents a PSA of kinds as an addendum.
“I want everybody nicely, and need myself nicely, to some extent,” he says at music’s conclusion. “Keep protected. It’s arduous for People that don’t like being informed what to do in any respect. However on this case, let’s do it, and we’ll be all proper.”