I went to bed far too late last night after being ambushed by the piano and a tune in my head. I woke up this morning with an idea for the B section, got out of bed, tried it on the piano and it worked beautifully. The lyrics for that section wrote themselves – I’m not sure what they mean or what the song is about, but give it a few days and something will turn up. It nice when a song has an easy birth. Finishing it is another task altogether.
If you’ve been reading my anarchist blog for a little while you would know that I love learning new songs. Especially when they are for a particular project and suggested by a collaborator. This week’s mission is ‘Looking for the Heart of Saturday Night’ from Tom Waits’ 1975 album of the same name. There’s an irrepressible groove and the signature gritty Waits lyrics.
Tom Waits is an incredible songwriter and I’ve been really enjoying digging into his songs of late. One of the things I love is discovering over and over that a song I know from an album I have, or a movie I’ve seen, or just because it’s being playing on the radio for years, is a Waits tune. Here’s another I unearthed tonight – I’ve been listening to it for years on a Norah Jones album but never realised Waits wrote it.
Learning new songs is always a pleasure. I’ve been learning Come Healing for my Leonard Cohen tribute gig on Wednesday night. I love its simplicity, and the hymn-like beauty and harmonies paired with carefully crafted secular poetry.