Friday, August 13, 2010
You can't do this and care if everyone loves you at the same time
When I was in college and listening to a lot of Tom Waits (I'm still listening to a lot of Tom Waits, btw) one of my roommate's many boyfriends commented that it sounded like a homeless person was singing out of a trash can. There is no one who sounds like Tom Waits. When he was young he wanted to sound like an angry old man, and now that he's getting up there he's sounding more like a cool old man. I love that he's always wanted to be an old man.
Salmon Rushdie has pronounced him the best rock poet since Bob Dylan. He's an actor, a raconteur, a composer, poet, musician, and pretty much seems to do what he wants to do artistically the way he wants to do it, and that changes often.