Thursday, November 22, 2012

Tom Waits

Tom Waits is a singular artist.

In a time when popular music has become such a wasteland
of wannabees and has-beens, his work continues to evolve,
to grow and challenge both listeners and other musicians
with its daring, its
profound literacy and romantic beauty.

At the same time, it/he has created a look that represents
not just the sound, but also the attitude of his music.

Here are some of those images, and some of his words... 

"The Music was like Electric Sugar"

"I’ve always been a word guy,
I like weird words and I likeAmerican slang and all that...
and words that are no longer being used…

I like to drag them out of the box and wave them around…
this is an interesting one,
it’s amazing how in addition to punctuation just a little pause
in the wrong place canjust completely
    transform the meaning of something."

"Oh, I'm not a percussionist,
               I just like to hit things."

"The big print giveth and the small print taketh away. "

"You can learn a lot about a woman
       by getting smashed with her."

Cyber relationships have the illusion of intimacy,
sometimes with the absence of intimacy.

Is it better to have a conversation
         in a cafĂ© or on the telephone?"

"We are buried beneath the weight of information,
     which is being confused with knowledge;

quantity is being confused with abundance
         and wealth with happiness.

We are monkeys with money
and guns."



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