Monday, March 21

Tom Waits

Last night singer, songwriter, poet, actor and all around performer was inducted in to the Rock and Roll hall of fame. I didn't start listening to Tom Waits until 2 years ago when my husband introduced me to him. Little did I know, he has influenced so much of the music we hear today.  Tom Waits has forever changed the way I look at a "hit" song.

"My kids are starting to notice I'm a little different from the other dads. "Why don't you have a straight job like everyone else?" they asked me the other day. I told them this story: In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me...I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day." 

"I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things."
— Tom Waits

Circa 1980, Hollywood, Los Angeles– Tom Waits Relaxing by Piano –Image by © Henry Diltz/CORBIS

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"Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends."
— Tom Waits

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