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MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: TOM WAITS ENCORE

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Once I re-entered the gritty world of Tom Waits´ music, it is almost impossible to leave it again.

His voice, the voice I had to grow up a bit to learn to love, was once described by a critic as something that was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car. How true! Listening to him feels like having your ears sanded with music.

Waits´ voice has not always been so rough. This craggy, emery-paper-like quality came with time and cigarettes – and I would venture a guess that nicotine played a bigger role than chronology here.

In the spring of 1972, at the time when I was not even born yet, he stood in the studio in Hollywood, California recording one of the most beautiful Waits-Songs ever.

When his first album, Closing Time, was released in March 1973, this song appeared as Number 6 Side One title. Being 9 months old, I was not actually in a position to appreciate it or not. I am glad, however, I made up for it later. And with every year I appreciate it more and more.

The song is called Martha.

2 comments on “MUSIC SOOTHES THE SOUL: TOM WAITS ENCORE

  1. Leslie Hills (@skylinefilmtv)
    February 12, 2013

    do listen to “You can never hold back Spring”.
    Just returned from three days in Berlin with it running in my head.

    • notmsparker
      February 12, 2013

      I just have – and I do know what you mean. It sticks:) In fact, all his songs do. My Hit of The Day has been “Never Talk To Strangers” sang with Betty Midler. I want to be Tom Waits crossed with Bette Midler;-) Both vocally and visually.

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