Shine A Light: Tom Waits

You may not know the name Tom Waits but you will recognize some of his music. The Eagles recorded “Ol 55”, and “Sea Of Love” has been recorded by about 25 different artists, including the Honeydrippers and Cat Power. You might also remember the movie by the same title starring Al Pacino. The huge Rod Stewart hit “Downtown Train” was also penned by Tom Waits.

“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.”…..That’s how critic Daniel Durchholz described Waits’ voice. He was pretty much right on the money, but once you warm yourself to his honest delivery, it grows on you in a big way.

Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this past year and he did a live version of a song called “Make it Rain”. It’s rough, coarse, and powerful at every level and my favorite line is “What she done, you can’t give it a name”, now that is great writing, direct and coveys the most powerful of emotions. He is a tortured soul in that song, she has ripped his heart out and he just wants to make it go away. Begging for a cleansing, “Make it Rain”.

Here is a video of “Make it Rain” from the Letterman show.

His voice and stories aren’t for the faint of heart, but at the core of a heart Tom Waits is right on !