It’s taken me awhile, but I’ve finally ditched my unreliable cheap and nasty mp3-player and purchased an iPod for myself, upon which I’ve been enjoying some new sounds. A mate introduced me to Kiwi artists AJ Bell, Dave Dobbyn, Charmaine Ford, Don McGlashaan, and Hollie Smith – all wonderfully-talented songwriters. I’ve also discovered that Bruckner’s ninth symphony sounds just as good while mowing the lawn as it does laying on the couch.
Now I’m eagerly awaiting the release on Monday of Jakob Dylan‘s (son of Bob) new acoustic album – Seeing Things. I’ve already heard a few tracks from it online; great sounds. TimesOnline have run an interview with Jakob Dylan about his upcoming album, and Newsweek have published a review of it. Both worth reading.
While I’m on music and interviews, The Telegraph are running a fascinating piece on the magnificently warped world of Tom Waits. A snippert:
Listening to the beautiful, fluid tones of Waits’s singing voice on 1974’s The Heart of Saturday Night, I wonder: has any other musician done quite so much deliberate damage to his vocal cords while actually building a career on it? At times, he squeaks and squawks in search of notes that are no longer there, and yet Waits’s painful growl has become such a trademark that he has had to sue to protect it … By his own admission, Waits is a notoriously unreliable narrator. Apparently even when talking to himself. He launched his current tour with a funny and intriguing interview with himself, effectively cutting out the media middle-man. “My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket,” he told himself. “My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.” It is in this straddling of imagination and reality that Waits forges something truly special. For all the antiquarian texture of his music and the comical flourishes of his persona, he remains vital and contemporary because of his full-blooded commitment to artistic truth, and his ability to articulate the human condition. There is nothing shy or lily-livered about a Tom Waits song. This is music to laugh and cry to, a whole world to lose yourself in.
Enjoy this video of Waits’ ‘Hold On’: