Alchemic Properties and Bi-Processes: Tom Waits’ Influence On Modern Jazz

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When I first wrote about the influence that Tom Waits had on me as a songwriter (Introduction to Alchemy), I had one thing on my mind: publicity. When the idea for the second article (Applied Alchemy) hit me like an epiphany (or maybe a migraine), I knew this would lead to something much deeper and […]

Introduction to Alchemy: A Study of Tom Waits through Cover Songs

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[media-credit name="ntoper / Flickr" align="aligncenter" width="450"][/media-credit] When I wrote “Inherited Alchemy” my intentions were dualistic: to pinpoint the qualities Tom Waits held as a songwriter that were worthy of imitation, and flat-out, shameless hero-worship. Judging by the response I’ve received, my goals were achieved; yet there was a single concern the readers constantly brought to […]

Inherited Alchemy: Tom Waits’s Inspiration on Songwriting

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[media-credit name="gothopotam / Flickr" align="aligncenter" width="450"][/media-credit] As a songwriter, everything I hear is an influence, whether good or bad, loved or hated; it is “influential.” In order to understand what has truly inspired a song, one should first look for the obvious imitations. Like Prometheus of old, I steal fire from the gods, or rather, […]