Saturday, 23 January 2016

Quoting Tom Waits

"When I was younger, I wanted to be older. Now I am older, I am not quite so sure."
Tom Waits

'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."'
Hoskyns (2000)

Tom Waits Mini-Selection:

::: Jockey Full of Bourbon: LISTEN/WATCH
::: Chocolate Jesus: LISTEN/WATCH

- Hoskyns, B. (2009). Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits. London: Faber and Faber
- images by Anton Corbijn via and via and via and via and via


  1. This the man!!!! Brill, Laura!!!

  2. Genius. Brain-melting awesome!

  3. i can't breathe. he's the lord.

  4. Thanks for posting, Laura. This man is a prophet.

  5. He is the wizard of everything.

  6. Brilliant genius, lord, prophet, wizard ... time for another Tom Waits posting.