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.
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.