Randy Newman's first new LP in nine years, Dark Matter, was released today.
It starts out unevenly. The first track mines the old Christian faith versus science meme to an absurd end. (It's a false dichotomy.) The second track looks at Jack and Bobby Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in a strange, incomprehensible way.
But the remaining seven tracks are strong.
This song is the next-to-last one on the LP. For once, the satirizing Newman takes his tongue out of his cheek and presents a beautiful ballad. Any man who's ever been suprised by a special woman choosing them will identify.
[Blogger Mark Daniels is pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]