"When I was younger, I wanted to be older. Now I am older, I am not quite so sure."
'When I spent my afternoon with Waits in Santa Rosa, I remarked on the irony of a forty-nine-year-old man making grittier music than he'd made half that age. "I always start at the wrong end of everything," he said. "I don't know, maybe I'm raging against the dying light. What do you say? Youth is wasted on the young?"
He stopped and for a second became more philosophical. What he said made it clear that, for him, midlife had been far from a crisis. "Time is not a line, or a road where you get further away from things," he said. "It's all exponential. Everything that you experienced when you were eighteen is still with you."'
Tom Waits Mini-Selection:
::: Jockey Full of Bourbon: LISTEN/WATCH
::: Bad As Me: LISTEN/WATCH
::: Chocolate Jesus: LISTEN/WATCH
- Hoskyns, B. (2009). Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits. London: Faber and Faber
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