Stevenotes are often noted by a musical guest or performer. Typically they sing a song and that’s it. Macworld 2008 was a little different. Singer/Songwriter Randy Newman performed – and spoke – at the Keynote in a way that I don’t think any other performer ever has.
The point of his first “song” seems to be that while the US Government is currently being run horribly, that history has provided proof that they are not the worst leaders in the history of the world. I hesitate to call it a song, because it wasn’t really sung, it was more rambled or spoken while the piano was being played.
Then he rambles some more about knowing how to operate his answering machine. Then he suggests that Buzz and Woody from “Toy Story” had a love scene that was cut from the original film, followed by a performance of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”
Regardless of your political beliefs, I’m not really sure that an Apple Keynote is the best place to be bringing them into the spotlight – mainly just because that seems “off topic”. That would be like me discussing the Democratic Primaries here on the site. It’s a topic I certainly have the right as a US Citizen to discuss – but it’s kind of off topic for an Apple blog.
You can watch the video above to see Randy’s entire performance at Macworld 2008 and decide for yourself how you feel about the appropriateness of his performance – and heck, you might get an idea of the man’s general sanity.
One thing you have to give him, like it or hate it, his performance will definitely be remembered for years to come.