An influential singer-songwriter who is best known
for writing the soundtracks
for numerous films, including Ragtime, the Meet the Parents
trilogy, and numerous Disney
films. He has frequently been lampooned by shows
such as Mad TV and Family
Guy due to his physically awkward appearance, "goofy-sounding" singing voice, and the homogeneous sound of his music. Many people underestimate his talent particularly as a result of the third reason he is so widely parodied in the media. However, many of these
same people have probably never paid any attention to the lyrics of his songs, which are incredibly profound and greatly overshadow
the relative simplicity of his musical skills.
is not unlike Bob Dylan. He's not a great singer, musician, nor is he particularly good-looking. However, he is a lyrical genius who can touch
on some of the deepest human emotions
as well as incorporate
deep social commentary.