There’s usually a song that moves to the forefront during Presidential election years. In 2008, there were a few tunes that exploded, which were composed by amateurs thanks to YouTube.
But the song that could be tune of this year’s Barack Obama-Mitt Romney faceoff is ‘I’m Dreaming,’ written and recorded by the brilliant Randy Newman.
The ace songsmith/composer is back with an exceptional number. The satirical song, which was released Tuesday afternoon, is for those who miss the days when a white man was Commander-In-Chief.
“I’m Dreaming of a White President,’ is the refrain sung by Newman in this politically correct era. Newman, to the surprise of no one, is a huge Obama supporter, believes that racism is America’s greatest problem.
The song is available as a free download on his website, where listeners are encouraged to donate to the United Negro College Fund.
Who knows, perhaps ‘I’m Dreaming’ can hit the charts. Newman’s amusing ‘Short People,’ reached the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977.
The four-time Grammy winner is perhaps best known for his film work. Ever since the ‘80s, Newman, 68, has primarily worked on scores for a myriad of films His disparate collection of soundtrack credits includes ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Meet the Fockers’ and six Disney-Pixar films, including the ‘Toy Story’ troika.
“One soundtrack just led to another,” Newman said. “It was just something different for me to do.”
It’s been a long time since Newman offered up material comparable with his peers. Newman’s work has been comprised of diverse, challenging music as a solo artist or as a soundtrack ace ever since the dawn of the ‘70s.
“During the ‘60s I wrote songs most people wrote,” Newman said. “I wrote the ‘I love you/ why don’t’ you love me’ songs but I got bored with that a long time ago.”
Newman has taken musical chances and still hit the charts with such clever and amusing songs such as ‘I Love L.A.’ and ‘Rednecks.’ Newman has also won three Emmys and an Academy Award.
Despite all of the success, hardware and acclaim, Newman is unsatisfied. “I want to make better work,” Newman said. “I want to make music that matters.”
Newman has done that throughout his long, storied career and apparently continues to do so with ‘I’m Dreaming.’