Dec 14, 2016
Jen Adamthwaite and Dave Pickering from The Family Tree podcast (http://thefamilytreepodcast.co.uk/) join Song by Song for this fifth track from Blue Valentine, to discuss the adequate musical choices of Tom Waits and the need for clarity of storytelling. There's some differences of opinion, as well as debates over Waits's judgement of the song's protagonist (and our judgement of him for that), and the nature and associations of "white blues' in general.
Nb: the Tracy Chapman track we discuss is "Behind The Wall" from the album Tracy Chapman.
Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians listening to and discussing every single Tom Waits track in chronological order.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes
$29.00, Blue Valentine, Tom Waits (1978)
Shot Gun Blues, Briefcase Full Of Blues, The Blues Brothers/Donnie Walsh (1978)
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