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This piano-based piece has become a Christmas favorite thanks to its use on the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas, where the Peanuts characters sing the song. The vocal version runs 2:47, while an instrumental version goes 6:07.
This was used in the movie The Royal Tenenbaums and as the "sad" theme on the TV show Arrested Development. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 2)
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
Ville Valo of HIM
The lead singer for HIM shares some surprising insights about their songs, which he says can take years to complete.