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Happy 60th, Tom Waits

Thomas Alan Waits (born 7 December 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. Waits has a distinctive voice, described by one critic as sounding “like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car.” With this trademark growl; his incorporation of pre-rock styles such as blues, jazz, and Vaudeville; and experimental tendencies verging on industrial music, Waits has built up a distinctive musical persona. He has worked as a composer for movies and musical plays and as a supporting actor in films, including The Fisher King, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and Short Cuts. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for his soundtrack work on One from the Heart.

Lyrically, Waits’ songs are known for atmospheric portrayals of bizarre, seedy characters and places, although he has also shown a penchant for more conventional ballads. He has a cult following and has influenced subsequent songwriters despite having little radio or music video support. His songs are best-known to the general public in the form of cover versions by more visible artists—for example, “Jersey Girl,” performed by Bruce Springsteen; “Downtown Train,” performed by Rod Stewart; and “Ol’ ’55,” performed by the Eagles. Although Waits’ albums have met with mixed commercial success in his native United States, they have occasionally achieved gold album sales status in other countries. He has been nominated for a number of major music awards and has won Grammy Awards for two albums, Bone Machine and Mule Variations  (source)

Tom appeared in the film Wristcutters: A Love Story as Kneller, leader of a band of “happy campers”, on a site where minor miracles occur.  The story is a magical one.  Tom is a fine actor and one of the greatest musicians of our time.  I am honored to pay respect to him on this, the 60th anniversary of his birth.  I tip my hat to you, Mr. Waits.

The Love Theme from Cinema Paradiso-Andrea Bocelli

Cimema Paradiso (Italy, 1988.) Written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore.  Starring Salvatore Cascio, Marco Leonardi, Philippe Noiret and Jacques Perrin.   One of the first foreign films I ever saw and one of the best films I have ever seen.  If it doesn’t touch your heart, it has gone cold.

Down by Law (1986)

Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.  Starring Roberto Benigni as an Italian tourist, Tom Waits as an unemployed disc jockey and John Lurie as a small-time pimp. Also stars Nicoletta Braschi and Ellen Barkin.  Songs by Tom Waits.  Cinematography by Robby Muller.

It’s not where you start–it’s where you start again.

Mad World-Gary Jules

A cover of the Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” by Gary Jules, from the film Donnie Darko (2001)

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Goin’ nowhere, goin’ nowhere
Their tears are fillin’ up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dyin’
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Mad world, mad world

Children waitin’ for the day they feel good
Happy birthday, happy birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sits and listen, sits and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson?
Look right through me, look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dyin’
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Mad world, mad world

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dyin’
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad world, mad world
Mad world, mad world
A raunchy young world
Mad world

Words & music by Roland Orzibal (1982)

Yes Man (2008) “Red Bull”

My friend has been telling me that this movie is great, we finally watched it together last night.  Jim Carrey and Zooey Deschanel were sweet together.  Ooh and it also starred Rhys Darby, who plays Murray on Flight of the Conchords.   Directed by Peyton Reed (The Break-Up, Down With Love)  This was one of the best parts of the film.  Click on the frame to watch it on YouTube, embedding is disabled.

Here’s a clip of Rhys Darby as Murray Hewitt, manager of the Conchords from HBO’s “Flight of the Conchords”