Happiness as Anarchy #194: Tom Waits tunes

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.

Happiness as Anarchy #50: Rediscovering Old CDs

I’ve been listening to Norah Jones today. It’s been 17 years since her hit album Come Away With Me was released and I will confess that at the time it was so popular I wasn’t sure if I liked it. After listening to the whole album several times today, I can say that I definitely do like it. I like way she blends pop, jazz and country, with a great lineup of instruments and musicians. It’s simple and easy to listen to, but interesting and beautiful. It’s not perfect – that line ‘come away with me on a bus’ still grates a little – but it makes you feel good and human.