Record stores of Amsterdam (a new travel hobby)

What better way to combat jet lag than writing a blog post at 4am? I’m sure I’ll be coming back to edit this one once I “wake up”… Anyway, I’m back from my trip and it would appear that I’ve fallen in love with Amsterdam. The city is beautiful (even in cold weather), and the peopleContinue reading “Record stores of Amsterdam (a new travel hobby)”

Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends

In celebration of Tom Waits’ birthday today, here is a good song, and a good interview: How does one become the marimba player for Tom Waits, I wonder? What a sweet gig. On a side note, I’m sad that our friends no longer live in Sebastopol, where we could go visit them and every time I wouldContinue reading “Champagne for my real friends, real pain for my sham friends”

Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard

Oh hello, I’m just going to drop this here for my obligatory Halloween post: I made a mix of my favorite artists and their most Halloween-ish songs for your listening pleasure! For the record, it was really difficult to not just make a list of 10 Tom Waits songs (WHAT’S HE BUILDING IN THERE??), but I had aContinue reading “Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard”

"I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things"

Ok, in case you saw my last post and watched the videos and are still wondering why I’m obsessed with a musician whose voice sounds like Satchmo-meets-Cookie Monster and whose songs resemble spooky pirate anthems, I will now follow up with Tom Waits Part 2: The Ballads. I challenge you to not be affected byContinue reading “"I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things"”

We’re all as mad as hatters here

In my past three days of fervent Tom Waits research, I’ve come across several sources, including Tom himself, describing some of his repertoire as “Halloween music”…so what better time for an introductory post than All Hallows’ Eve, eh? I mean, seriously….. How is his voice even possible?? I am fascinated by Mr. Waits. He seemsContinue reading “We’re all as mad as hatters here”

A night with Neil and the gang

So, here we are again with another Bridge School “not-quite-review”(I correctly predicted last year that I’d be back for more) and let me first get this out of the way: HOW HAVE I GONE THIS LONG WITHOUT BEING A TOM WAITS FAN? I’m so disappointed in myself! He was there in my dad’s record collectionContinue reading “A night with Neil and the gang”