Song of the Day #1,961: ‘Ray Laid Low’ – Randy Newman

princessfrogI’m not certain, but this might be the first time a Random Weekend selection has been an instrumental track.

I guess that isn’t too much of a surprise because I don’t own a whole lot of instrumentals. A few classical CDs and a half dozen or so movie soundtracks, plus the odd instrumental track on albums that otherwise feature vocals.

But still, given some of the odd patterns that have emerged over the Random Weekend years, you’d expect them to come up at least once in awhile.

Randy Newman has made a pretty good living writing movie scores, particularly for Disney features. He’s probably sold more of those albums than his solo material.

Today’s song is from his excellent work on The Princess and the Frog, one of the only non-Pixar animated films he’s worked on for Disney. The film’s New Orleans setting is right up Newman’s alley, allowing him to write songs in his trademark jazz style.

This track accompanied the death scene of Ray, one of the film’s comic sidekicks, whose storyline turns tragic. Only Disney can make you tear up over the demise of a firefly.

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,961: ‘Ray Laid Low’ – Randy Newman

  1. Dana says:

    Well there is at least a little bit of singing in the middle of this track. And it also sounds as if there are two songs here.

    I thought that when you started theae random weekends, one of your rules was to skip over instrumentals, but I could be wrong. Anyway, I always love Randy Newman, Even when he does instrumentals

  2. Clay says:

    I just checked back and no, I never made an exception for instrumentals. Just repeats and tracks that don’t contain actual music.

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