Check out the latest SongPlaces.com article by Jeff Suwak.
Title: The Ghosts of Saturday Night
Artist: Tom Waits
Place: National City, California
Here’s a snippet:
It’s 2 a.m. on a Saturday night in 1965 as a 16 year old Tom Waits stands at the dish sink of Napoleone’s Pizza House in National City, California. The young man listens as the sailors and go-go dancers pour out of the nightclubs shouting wildly amongst each other as cars cruise and streak along the strip, and shadier figures slink through the shadows on their way to carrying out nefarious errands. The entire scene is like a lyrical incubator with Waits at the very heart of it. The voices and the engine growl, the cigarette smoke and the whiskey, dishwater and laughter and jeers; all of it sinks into the pores of his brain. And as it does, a distant music rises in his imagination: splintered melodies, a snarling voice, the faraway echoing sound of shattered glass and battered trash cans. Imagine, just imagine the genius’ mind at work in that modest place, transmuting those impressions into a lifetime’s worth of music.
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