#300 – Nighthawks At The Diner by Tom Waits

When I started this project, the possibility that it and the pandemic would still be going on at the same level after almost a year did not occur to me. Obviously, this blog has a couple more months to go before the dubious distinction of hitting the year mark, but we’re only a week away from the one-year anniversary of the start of the lockdown. I consider myself a fairly cynical person, but not in my wildest dreams did I think that it would be so hard to get Americans to act in their best interest. Sigh. Anyway, I want this milestone to feel like a positive thing, marked with an album by a true legend. Tom Waits is the holy grail of concert experiences for me. I don’t think there is any living artist who I would like to see in concert more than him, though the possibility of that happening seems to be pretty slim at this point. It’s an indication of how prolific his career has been that I am a huge fan of his and still have multiple albums to choose from that I haven’t heard before. This is a cool one because, though it was recorded in a studio, it was performed live in front of an audience that was brought in to replicate the feel of a small jazz club, which it certainly achieves. I can’t predict how long I will keep this blog going for, but it really seems like a runaway train at this point, and such an important fixture in my daily life that I can’t imagine wanting to stop anytime soon. I hope you will continue to join me on my journey of musical discovery.

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