Wisdom from a master

Tom Waits interviews Tom Waits: http://www.antilabelblog.com/?p=288
I am not a true fan (I’m running out of hours in a day), but I respect him quite a bit, mostly because of stuff like this:

Q: What’s heaven for you?
A: Me and my wife on Rte. 66 with a pot of coffee, a cheap guitar, pawnshop tape recorder in a Motel 6, and a car that runs good parked right by the door….

Q: What’s wrong with the world?
A: We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. Leona Helmsley’s dog made 12 million last year… and Dean McLaine, a farmer in Ohio made $30,000. It’s just a gigantic version of the madness that grows in every one of our brains. We are monkeys with money and guns.

(…discovered in a friend of a friend of a friend’s LJ…)


About songdogmi

I'm a longhaired almost-hippie stuck in the inner suburbs of a major rust-belt metropolis who's thoughtful, creative, and kind of geeky. In exchange for a paycheck I run around in a cubicle maze most days. When I escape, I play music, hang out in coffee houses, dink around on the computer, take naps, and think I should be off in the woods somewhere. Every once in a while I get in my car and drive far, far away, though I've always come back so far.
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2 Responses to Wisdom from a master

  1. Thanks for that link. I’ll be checking that one out when I get home.

  2. jjfmi says:

    This coming from the same artist who, while seated at a baby grand adorned with roses, hit his audience with “You know what’s better than roses on your piano….? TU-LIPS on your organ…” (Not exactly a new witticism, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he originated it. And NOBODY says it like Tom.)

    (Making note of “Monkeys With Money & Guns” as a possible band name…)


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