Month: March 2016

‘Just like a plane on a stormy sea’ – Tom Waits & The Ocean

Sam Whiles is co-host of ‘Down in the Hole’, a fortnightly podcast exploration of Tom Waits’ entire musical back catalogue. Subscribe on iTunes here or listen to all past episodes on the YouTube channel.  The world Tom Waits crafts through his songwriting is littered  with countless recurring … Continue reading ‘Just like a plane on a stormy sea’ – Tom Waits & The Ocean

‘I Lived my Life on Dreams and Trainsmoke’ – Tom Waits & Trains

Along with crows and scarecrows, trains form the final relief of Waits’ holy triptych of lyrical obsessions. Trains are everywhere throughout the music of Waits, perhaps enrapturing the artist through their symbolic multiplicity. Representative both of transition and escape along with homecoming, along with connoting of days of … Continue reading ‘I Lived my Life on Dreams and Trainsmoke’ – Tom Waits & Trains