When I saw that Randy Newman had written a song titled “I’m Dreaming (of a White President),” I thought, this is going to be good.
When I read on Twitter that it was “Not a radio hit,” I expected the kind of dead-on, slashing, too-sharp-for-prime-time brilliance that he displayed in “Rednecks,” which we’ll never hear on the radio if we live a thousand years (OK, it’s theoretically possible that we’d hear it — after an hour’s worth of explanation, apology and disclaimer). Oh, and a warning, in case you don’t know that song and innocently follow the link — it uses “N” word eight times. Among other things.
But no. This effort also tries to mine America’s race complexes for profundity, but fails utterly. The lyrics are entirely predictable and trite, the music utterly unappealing.
Either Randy Newman’s lost it — which would mean the loss of a national treasure — or he was just trying too hard on this one.
But since I spent the time listening to it, I pass it on.