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Tom Waits

Fecha de nacimiento: 7. Diciembre 1949

Thomas Alan Waits ,[1]​ más conocido como Tom Waits, es un músico, cantante, compositor y actor estadounidense, famoso por sus canciones de tono áspero,[2]​ inspiradas en escritores como Charles Bukowski y algunos de la generación beat, en especial Jack Kerouac.[3]​ Waits tiene una voz distintiva, descrita por el crítico musical Daniel Durchholz como «si Waits hubiese sido sumergido en un depósito de bourbon, ahumado durante unos meses, y luego llevado afuera y aplastado por un coche».[4]​ Con su rugido vocal como marca, y la incorporación a sus canciones de música industrial y de estilos musicales previos a la era del rock, tales como el blues, el jazz y el vodevil,[5]​ Waits ha conseguido construir un personaje musical singular.[6]​ También ha trabajado como compositor de bandas sonoras y como actor en películas, tales como Bajo el peso de la ley , Drácula y The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, y fue nominado al Óscar por la banda sonora de One from the Heart.[7]​

Líricamente, las canciones de Waits presentan complejos retratos de lugares y personajes muy variados,[8]​ aunque también muestra cierta inclinación por baladas más convencionales. Dada su poca repercusión mediática en televisión y radio, algunas de sus canciones son más conocidas a través de versiones hechas por otros artistas: tal es el caso de «Jersey Girl», interpretada por Bruce Springsteen,[9]​ «Ol' '55», por The Eagles,[10]​ y «Downtown Train», por Rod Stewart, entre otros.[11]​ En 2011, Waits ingresó como miembro del Salón de la Fama del Rock and Roll de manos de su compañero Neil Young.[12]​

Waits vive actualmente en Sonoma, California, con su esposa, Kathleen Brennan, y tiene tres hijos, Kellesimone, Casey y Sullivan.[13]​[14]​


„El Diablo hizo el mundo mientras Dios estaba durmiendo.“

„My kids are starting to notice I'm a little different from the other dads. "Why don't you have a straight job like everyone else?" they asked me the other day.

I told them this story:
In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me... I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at you... you're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.“


„I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things.“

„There ain't no devil, only God when he's drunk.“

„We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
We are monkeys with money and guns.“

„The world is a hellish place, and bad writing is destroying the quality of our suffering.“

„Well I got a bad liver and broken heart,
yeah, I drunk me a river since you
tore me apart“

„I don't have a drinking problem 'Cept when I can't get a drink.“


„Well, it's either kiss me or kill me, that's how I see it.“

„This is about all the bad days in the world. I used to have some little bad days, and I kept them in a little box. And one day, I threw them out into the yard. "Oh, it's just a couple little innocent bad days." Well, we had a big rain. I don't know what it was growing in but I think we used to put eggshells out there and coffee grounds, too. Don't plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me. Choke those little bad days. Choke 'em down to nothin'. They're your days. Choke 'em!“

„T’ain’t no sin to take off your skin, and dance around in your bones.“

„You can learn a lot about a woman by getting smashed with her.“


„Champagne for my real friends and real pain for my sham friends.“

„A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn't.“

„and the earth died screaming, while I lay dreaming...“

„Most of the people I admire, they usually smell funny and don't get out much. It's true. Most of them are either dead or not feeling well.“

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