Category Archives: Songwriting

Noel Gallagher Makes It Weird

I’m a big fan of Pete Holmes‘ spiritual awkward childlike hyperactive interviews. Noel Gallagher is always entertaining. But what I really got out of this interview was Noel talking about not ‘trying’ to write a great song, because that attitude … Continue reading

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Ruining Songs With Science #2 – Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)

Tonight there’s gonna be a jailbreak Somewhere in the town Tonight there’s gonna be trouble So don’t you be around Call me crazy, but I’ve got this hunch that it might just be AT THE JAIL! And the only people … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … Kids, Religion And How To Play The Piano

Your kids are not your fans, they’re your kids. The trick is to have a career and have a family. It’s like having two dogs that hate each other and you have to take them for a walk every night. … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … Wasting Your Time Writing Songs

Do you feel writing songs, making music, is an honourable calling? Tom Waits: Gee, I don’t know. There are times when it seems very . . . trifling and trivial. Making these little songs up, I feel like I’m gluing … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … Finishing Songs

Making a record, you don’t really finish, you just stop. You just keep painting it and doing things to it and eventually, you have to stop. Tom Waits on Tom Waits: Interviews and Encounters (p.224) You don’t always know when … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … Protest Songs

I hate to sound cynical, but it seems to me that protest songs are like throwing peanuts at a gorilla. It’s hard to believe that a song like that is gonna make any difference in the course we’re on. I … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … Ghosts

When I listen to old field recordings, maybe you’ll hear a dog barking way off in the background. You realize the house it was recorded in is torn down, the dog is dead, the tape recorder is broken, the guy … Continue reading

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Do You Have To Suffer To Produce Great Art?

Beethoven was my homeboy growing up. Every artist has a ‘narrative’ and Ludwig’s was suffering made him a great artist. The 5th Symphony was him shaking his fist at the lightning, cursing fate. The world seemed to say, “You think … Continue reading

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Tom Waits On … The Music Business

I think you should fight for your independence and freedom at all costs. I mean, it’s a plantation system. All a record company is is a bank, and they loan you a little money to make a record and then … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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