the sound of the Tom tom

Tomwaits I’ve been reading Innocent when you Dream a collection of interviews with the reclusive Tom Waits – a pleasure I just can’t put into words.  Here’s a sample of some of the quotes which have stayed with me.

About Keith Richards playing on one of his albums: "An animal. He’s part of the earth. He stands at 10 after 7 if you can imagine that. Arms at 5 o’clock, legs at 2 o’clock with no apparatus, nothing suspended. He’s all below the waist. And if he doesn’t feel it he’ll walk away."

"When you haven’t recorded in a while people want to know what you’ve been doing. They want a very specific answer. Like why were you late for school? The teacher wants a real answer. If you’re going to make a note get it signed. The dog ate my homework. And the dog had to be operated on, we had to get the homework and dry it, and the dog is recuperating."

"The trick is to have a career and a family. Its like having two dogs that hate each other and you have to take them for a walk every night."

"Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends."

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