Saturday Night Music Byte
Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…
Tom Waits Rain Dogs – “Clap Hands” (1985)
“Tom Waits is the American poet of lost causes. The people in his songs are forever coming up just short, mocked by fate and taunted by all sorts of unseen cosmic troubles. The cast of characters (on Rain Dogs) changes from song to song but all of them seem to get caught up in similarly sordid and desperate schemes, and Waits tells their stories with the fond bemusement of a distant relative. He watches as they get one last shot, when they put all the chips on the table. And being the sympathetic sort, he stands dutifully by when things don’t work out, serenading them as they turn tail and head for home.