I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but I’m a bit of a Tom Waits fan. If you know me, you probably just uttered an audible sigh and the worlds “well yea”.
Why do I have such a soft spot for his music?
For me it’s akin to the best parts of a quiet night when the moon lights up the world just a bit more than it should. This music represents something classic, rusty and seasoned in our culture that is missing in today’s message-a-moment world. It reminds me of many things I love about life and the more I listen the more I find there is to hear. That quality is what I look for in a classic painting and I’ve never found it more often in the world of music than when I’m exploring one of his melodic creations.
Today, I received a package in the mail containing four LP’s that are simply beyond cool for words…
These are each limited edition 180 gram red vinyl release copies of Closing Time, The Heart of Saturday Night, Nighthawks at the Diner and Small Change. They were limited to a pressing of 1000 copies each. These four represent my favoriate early albums from Tom and, quite honestly, they are musical classics that led me to explore more of his work.
For now, these four go on a shelf here at the house. In time, they will have the honor of being the very first music played when I find my new home somewhere in 2011. First the farm will need to sell, but there is a glass of wine, an old school record player and an entire new world will begin with these four albums.
Until then, they sit ready. The only question is one of time and the answer to the question I can’t put down… When?