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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by trxx, Jan 19, 2020.
Gotta love him.
One of my favourites. I've seen him perform three times. One of a kind!
Lucky you. I have only seen him in videos. Seeing him live has to be a blast.
Honestly, each time was mind blowing. His commitment to being the character in each song is intense.
Sounds like a lesson to me. It would take some cajones.
I ve tried hard to get in his music, but his piano and vocal albums are just a bit too much for me.
What's his easiest to get in album ?
for me it was Swordfishtrombones
Try The heart of saturday night...
For me, the easiest listening are Rain Dogs and Bone Machine.
I love Get Behind the Mule.
Try Bone Machine and Real Gone.
Albums? Each song is a little movie, not made by a team of Hollywood 'professionals'.
Thing is i focus mainly on music and not lyrics, since i m not an english speaker.
That will be a problem for Tom Waits songs. It would be like listening to Bob Dylan or Neil Young only for the music. The songs is where it's at, the music supporting and embellishing the songs (providing the theme, set, and environment for the movie).
But also, I tend to think of a Tom Waits song like a Jim Jarmusch movie, where the visual environment is an integral part of the whole.
Also, Tom Waits has a great sense of humor. And you won't get that from the music alone. "I know Karate, and Voodoo too. I'm going to make myself available to you." It doesn't get any better than that.
" ... don't want no Abba Zabba ... don't want no Almond Joy ... "
Tom Waits is always a great storyteller. He sorta owns Red Sovine's Big Joe & Phantom 309 from the early days.
Big Joe and Phantom 309
excellent tune. featured briefly in Fight Club (the movie, not the book)
this one talks to me. I ve not paid attention to the lyrics, but i like the music, and the voice.
nighthawks at the diner...
if it doesn't work for you with that record....
for me it was Real Gone. I listen to his songs as if they were a little musical film noir, which some of them are. Plus some are funny, like Let It Rain, as it pokes fun at the stereotypical blues cliches, while doing them justice.
I can see what you’re getting at, but I think Waits has plenty of material that can stand on sonics and production values even if you can’t understand the words.