Tom Waits on songwriting:
“I like the idea that there are things coming in through the window and through you and then down to the piano and out the window on the other side. If you want to catch songs you gotta start thinking like one, and making yourself an interesting place for them to land like birds or insects. Once you get two or three tunes together, wherever three or more are gathered, then others come. It’s like a line for a hot dog place, you know? And when there’s four people lined up on the sidewalk, some people will stop and get in line just ’cause there’s a line.”
“Songs really are like a form of time travel because they really have moved forward in a bubble. Everyone who’s connected with it, the studio’s gone, the musicians are gone, and the only thing that’s left is this recording which was only about a three-minute period maybe 70 years ago.”- Tom Waits
well, the eggs chase the bacon round the frying pan and the whining dog pigeons by the steeple bell rope and the dogs tipped the garbage pails over last night and there’s always construction work bothering you
In 1993, the country was shocked by the brutal kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma, California at the hands of a complete stranger. What few people know is that Polly wasn’t the only young girl to be abducted and killed in Petaluma in the 90s.
Georgia Lee Moses was also 12 years old. The daughter of a mentally ill mother, she came from a poor, black neighborhood not far from where Polly lived. But the similarities stop there. Because, while Polly Klaas became practically a household name, synonymous with stolen innocence, Georgia was largely forgotten by the community she lived in.
Georgia had to grow up a lot in her short 12 years. She had dropped out of school to take care of her little sister and her mother, as she had done since she was just 7 years old. Reporters would later describe Georgia as having “grown up too fast” and surmising it may have led to her death, highlighting the double standard between missing black children like Georgia and missing white children like Polly.
On August 13, 1997, she was seen leaving her home with a man in his late 20s and then was never seen again. No one reported her missing. Just eight days later, her nude body was discovered by a Caltrans worker in a patch of trees near an on-ramp. Though her body was badly decomposed, her cause of death was ruled as strangulation. Other than that, information about her death is scarce. The prime suspect in her death was her mother’s boyfriend at the time, a sex offender named Edward Melvin Pope, but he has never been apprehended.
While some people in the community fight to keep Georgia’s story alive, each day we get farther and farther away from ever finding out what happened to this poor girl. As Jim DeRogatis put it, “The saddest fact I’ve learned is nobody matters less to our society than young black women. Nobody.” In response to the lack of outcry over Georgia’s death, singer Tom Waits wrote a song about her entitled “Georgia Lee” in hopes of keeping her case in the spotlight.
If you or anyone you know has any information regarding Georgia’s murder, the number to contact is in the photo of the flyer above.
Hello there! I am Nick and I do not actually know what i should say exactly, but I will give it a try. So… I am an engineering student, who likes historu and enjoys deep conversations. I also love knowledge acquisition, so if you are a person that can teach me anything, please do so and contact me. My biggest passion is astronomy and the universe. I like gazing at the constellations of the night sky and observing the gas planets and their moons with my telescope. My favorite planet is Uranus, because of its color and the names of its moons (from Shakespeare). From the moons, my favourite one is a rock named Ophelia. I know that these info are not useful, but when it comes to the universe, I cannot simply stop. Except for astronomy, I love mathematics as well and as you ’ve imagined I am the nerdy guy who will make science jokes and then laugh at them alone in a corner while crying because of his bad humour that’s the only human countermeasure against global warming. My hobbies have varied from time to time. I have played soccer, basketball, volleyball and handball at a team. Among them the last one is my favourite, because it is a brutal sport that requires passion and force to play. I love long walks eother alone or in a company. On TV I watch soccer (Real Madrid fan) and football (Atlanta Falcons fan). Yeah we blew a 25-point-lead, I know right? Writing is a passion that I have had since I was 10. Poetry and reading are also on my list, but unfortunately I know nothing about music, I can’t even discriminate the styles. I listen to bands that speak to the soul like Sleeping at last. I also like Tom Waits’ songs and Sabaton, because of the historical content. As you may have imagined, I get addicted to the hits for two weeks or three and never listen to them afterwards. I speak Greek, English and German. I have no specific preferences about age or sex, as long as you don’t want to take my kidney (yeah that was an exhibition of my humour… brace yourselves).
Preferences: Whatsapp messenger, ig or tumblr would be perfect :)
The first playlist of autumn 2017. Title from the Reverend Glasseye track. As per usual, I approached it as though I was making a mix tape, so I’ll post the track listing here in tape format.
1. Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On // 2. Royal City - Bad Luck // 3. Calexico - Black Heart // 4. Dax Riggs - You Were Born to Be My Gallows // 5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Girl in Amber // 6. Reverend Glasseye - Belle’s Palsy // 7. Leonard Cohen - Teachers // 8. Bob Dylan - Corrina, Corrina // 9. Ezra Furman - Hour of Deepest Need // 10. The Devil Makes Three - Goodbye Old Friend // 11. Jen Buxton - Old Friends // 12. Gillian Welch - Dark Turn of Mind
1. Nina Simone - Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood // 2. Jolie Holland - Palmyra // 3. The Detroit Cobras - It’s Raining // 4. Blind Uncle Gaspard - Sur Le Borde De L’eau (On the Water’s Edge) // 5. Tom Waits - Train Song // 6. Hurray for the Riff Raff - Ramblin’ Gal // 7. Trailer Bride - Hope Is A Thing With Feathers // 8. Jim White - Ghost-Town of My Brain // 9. Magnolia Electric Co. - Nashville Moon // 10. The Mountain Goats - In The Hidden Places // 11. John K. Samson - Select All Delete