Rick Mata of Austin, Texas, asks:
was it like to finally receive your Best Song award after all of those
nominations? How did you feel when you walked up to get it?
I got the Academy Award and walked up to get it I was far more moved
than I thought I would be. Intellectually, I've known since I was 8
years old that the Academy Award doesn't always go to the best work.
I was never particularly disappointed when I didn't win. I was always,
believe it or not, happy to be nominated by the Music Branch. When I
won and when I saw the orchestra and the audience standing up and applauding,
it really got to me.
Karen Mundo of Rockport, Mass., asks:
is there about music that sustains you? As a music educator in the public
schools, I'm always trying to defend the value of teaching and learning
about music. Besides helping you earn a living, what else is there about
music that cause you to stay with it year after year?
What causes me to stay with music is the feeling I get after
I've written something. I'm not a good person to answer this question.
I've always found music to be hard work. I think I'd love it if I played
well enough to play chamber music. I do love working with an orchestra
more than anything. If children could sit up close and were exposed
to the sound of a good orchestra -- it would go a long way toward engendering
in them a love for music. As would listening to "Songs in the Key of
Life" by Stevie Wonder or maybe an album by The Who.
Photograph of Randy Newman by Pamela Springsteen