What’s he building?

And we wrap up our Christmas 2020 bloggery with Tom Waits, who seems to have had the Music City Bomber on his musical radar back in 1999.

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5 Responses to “What’s he building?”

  1. Pat O’Brien Says:

    OK. Where’s the music in there?

  2. Shawn Says:

    “Oh man. Is that what the neighbors are thinking? What are they thinking? Just what are they thinking? They always hang around and look in the windows. and they walk their dogs down the street. What are they thinking?”

    Uh, sorry. I went off a little Tom Waits there.

    Wow. I hadn’t remembered that spoken word piece being that old. ’99. My how times flies when you’re lost in a Tarrantino movie.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      He’d be interesting to talk to, if you could get any straight answers out of him, which I doubt. I expect he relaxes with a very small crowd.

      Yeah, “Mule Variations,” the album that included “What’s He Building?”, was another signpost along his journey from “Blue Valentine” (1978) to wherever he is now, musically speaking. “Swordfishtrombones” (1983) was his diving board. “Rain Dogs” (1985) and “Bone Machine” (1992) were the pool. Ever since he’s been thrashing along, right through the black cross marking the far side of the pool and jaggedly across the lawn like that gopher in “Caddyshack.”

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