The Mad Hatter of Music Talks to Himself
Yet another reason to love the Tom Waits: he talks to himself. And answers. Here, Waits’s introduction to the interview he recently conducted with himself. “I must admit, before meeting Tom, I had heard so many rumors and so much gossip that I was afraid. Frankly, his gambling debts, his animal magnetism, coupled with his disregard for the feelings of others… His elaborate gun collection, his mad shopping sprees, the face lifts, the ski trips, the drug busts and the hundreds of rooms in his home. The tax shelters, the public urination…I was nervous to meet the real man himself. Baggage and all. But I found him to be gentle, intelligent, open, bright, helpful, humorous, brave, audacious, loquacious, clean, and reverent. A Boy Scout, really (and a giant of a man). Join me now for a rare glimpse into the heart of Tom Waits. Remove your shoes and no smoking, please.” For the full interview, click here. For a list of 10 things Waits often wonders about, click the jump.
1. Do bullets know whom they are intended for? 2. Is there a plug in the bottom of the ocean? 3. What do jockeys say to their horses? 4. How does a newspaper feel about winding up papier-mâché? 5. How does it feel to be a tree by a freeway? 6. Sometimes a violin sounds like a Siamese cat; the first violin strings were made from cat gut- any connection? 7. When is the world going to rear up and scrape us off its back? 8. Will we humans eventually intermarry with robots? 9. Is a diamond just a piece of coal with patience? 10. Did Ella Fitzgerald really break that wine glass with her voice?