Tom Waits On … Having Multiple Influences

Kathleen [Brennan - Tom's wife] was the first person who convinced me that you can take James White and the Blacks, and Elmer Bernstein and Leadbelly—folks that could never be on the bill together—and that they could be on the bill together in you. You take your dad’s army uniform and your mom’s Easter hat and your brother’s motorcycle and your sister’s purse and stitch them all together and try to make something meaningful out of it.

Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters (p.256)

You know when you throw a party, you think people will show up and no one will like each other. It’s like that with music – parts of your musical psyche have never met other parts. You wonder if you should get them together.

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I have a kind of miscellaneous quality to myself

Interviews And Encounters (p.287)

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Deeper Flint Communication Forever

The last few weeks have been a manic series of gigs – everything from a solo gig, a 6 year olds ukelele club playing in the open air, to Deeper Than Forever‘s BBC Introducing/Single Launch at the Old Library in Mansfield

The guys did brilliantly, and you can hear the single here…

…and on the NUSIC podcast here. The group I worked with last year New Communication were also on the bill. They’re turning into a formidable live band.

Both bands were featured on the BBC Introducing radio show along with Heather Flint, a former member of New Communication who was debut her new solo EP Interest in Me

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Let’s Build A Record Store

I missed this mini review from Indie muso Tom Slatter but thanks to google it eventually turned up. I’m thrilled to hear my EP described as “really rather spiffing”. Tom has some interesting thoughts about Record Store Day too.

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Tom Waits On … Finding Your Voice

For a songwriter, you don’t really go to songwriting school; you learn by listening to tunes. And you try to understand them and take them apart and see what they’re made of and wonder if you can make one too.

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I listen to things and break a piece off of this, and a piece off of this, and I tie this to that, put these two together and then I take them out to meet the pieces coming down from the top and wrap it all in newspaper and set it on fire.

I’m not totally original. I draw from all kinds of sources and I listen to a lot of things … I would recommend that when you are starting out that you stay with your own stuff and find out who you are. And stay with you minding your own unique qualities and rather than trying to sound like somebody else . . . I mean you do start like somebody else and slowly you become [you] so it’s kinda like life, you know?

I think you have to work on yourself more than you work on the music. Then whatever you’re aiming at you’ll be able to hit between the eyes.

Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters (p.224, 284, 193)

You have to protect yourself. Most of us expect artists to do irresponsible things, to be out of control. Somehow we believe that if you’re way down there, you’re going to bring something back up for us, and we won’t have to make the trip. Go to hell with gasoline drawers on and bring me back some chicken chow mein while you’re at it.

Interviews And Encounters (p.249)

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Tom Waits On … Limitations

I like limitations. If I don’t have limitations I’ll impose them on myself naturally, just to narrow it down. Time is always an element. If we were going to write a song right here now, and we had only a half an hour to do it it would take on certain characteristics.

Jim Jarmusch.net

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