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Subject: Song Writing - WSJ - Tom Waits
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 18 Oct 11 - 10:06 PM

The Storyteller's Secret

Song Writing by Jim Fuscili - excerpt -

Tom Waits - the Wall Street Journal, October 19, 2011

The 61-year-old keeps memo pads in his back pocket to jot down phrases he's heard.

Tom Waits said a line can pop up at inopportune times ("They're like erotic thoughts in church. Or at a PTA meeting. They're not welcome."), he's reluctant to discuss how the songwriting process begins. "No one really wants you to tell them how it's done any more than you want to know how a card trick is done."

When pressed, he added: "If you want a recipe for banana bread, I'll leave three things out."


I,III,IV ... Iambic ... don't tell him...I told you.

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