Friday, July 10, 2009

Interesting Thing to Do With the Air: Beck Interviews Tom Waits

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2009 at 10:31 AM

click to enlarge "Your songs have to wind up being used as soundtracks to jump rope."
  • "Your songs have to wind up being used as soundtracks to jump rope."

Irrelevant Topics is a new section up on where BH interviews other artists. Currently, there's Part 1 of an interview with Tom Waits. It's a fascinating read because it follows the aimless, tangentially driven form of a natural conversation. Plus, Tom Waits usually says interesting stuff.

They discuss being from L.A., playing outdoors, the early rock 'n' roll festival circuit--playing stages made from scrap wood with no volume to project--and the strange notion of what endures in art and how it's valued. For instance:

BH: Yeah, I think I read that only 20 percent of the films made before 1930 have survived.

TW: It's the way of all flesh. Even in the world we're down to the last of 20 percent of all animals that were originally here on earth are left. There were millions of other species that vanished. You really have to fight. Only the strong survive. Whose song was that? "Only the Strong Survive"? Your songs have to wind up being used as soundtracks to jump rope. Tapes will go, but people will still be jumping rope. They'll need tunes for jump rope.

BH: It's true. I think the last song standing will probably be "Happy Birthday."

TW: I'm sure it will be. It's terrible, but I guess songs are just interesting things to do with the air.

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