Here’s a misanthropic anthem (‘Mis-anthem-ropic’?) called I Hate The World from some of my pupils at Fernwood Junior School. You can find it (and all my other songs written with crazy young critters) on the Pupils Songs page or there’s a direct link here.
Your kids are not your fans, they’re your kids. The trick is to have a career and have a family. It’s like having two dogs that hate each other and you have to take them for a walk every night.
I always thought religion should be more visceral and that you should get beat up a little by it, you know?
Interviews And Encounters (p.432)
Jim Jarmusch once told me “Fast, cheap, and good . . . pick two. If it’s fast and cheap, it won’t be good. If it’s cheap and good, it won’t be fast. If it’s fast and good, it won’t be cheap.” Fast, cheap, and good . . . pick (two) words to live by.
Interviews And Encounters (p.446)
The recipe for making an album? You write two songs, you put ’em in a room and they have kids. Songs travel along the same line that jokes and stories do. They get written down, forgotten, and resurrected. You tear the wings off them for a while and they grow new ones. Songs are kind of like your memory of something, your homeland, or what you had for dinner last night; something for your kids. We all do it naturally, and kids do it better than any of us. So in a sense, it’s kind of like children’s work.
Interviews And Encounters (p.252)
Never have your wallet with you onstage. It’s bad luck. You shouldn’t play the piano with money in your pocket. Play like you need the money.
(you can find a lot of the interviews online at www.tomwaitsfan.com).
One of the reasons I love FAWM so much is hearing regular but talented people making great music that relates to their lives. Katie Dwyer wrote this lovely song as part of FAWM last year and it was cool to come across this video of her singing the song to her son Henry. Great voice and a great audience!
As I’m ‘between recording gear’ again there’s no demo yet but you can have the chord sheet if you want.
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Songs For Small People
This song was written to tie in with the teaching curriculum for ‘Arrows’, the 4-10 yr olds kids ministry at my Church. In writing specifically for kids I was determined to avoid the standard ‘3 chord jolly folk music’ model. Eventually I settled on a jazzy/latin style using the blues scale in the melody.
I tried to make the melody simple and memorable by using the same melodic fragment on with everything that you’ve got/I wanna love you Lord and the instrumental intro.
Eb maj7 (low to high) – X6578X
A couple of other unusual ones were the legendary Hendrix chord
D7#9 – X5456X
And this jazz favourite
Am7b5 – X0554X
I wanted to get across the Hebrew understanding of the concept “heart, mind, soul and strength.” They are not four individual components of a person (to be dealt with in different ways) but one unity. The command is a command to “Love the Lord with everything that you’ve got”.
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“This is an M-80, which is 1/8 of a stick of dynamite. Once some friends threw one into a room I was in and when it blew up it was so loud I couldn’t hear afterward for a few seconds. It felt like it sucked out all the air in the room and I couldn’t breathe.” Now I had the rapt, if not somewhat nervous, attention of every single child in the class…
This is the funniest post I’ve read for a while.
After posting the mp3 for my classic kids song “The Greatest Commandment” sometime in the late Jurassic period I’ve finally gotten around to posting most of the rest of the stuff I promised.
So feast your ears on the mp3 OR the mp3 backing track -perfect for Sunday school/youth churches with no musicians OR people that can’t stand my vocals. (if you can’t stand any of my playing or songwriting I’m hoping to post an mp3 of complete silence as soon as I clear it with John Cage’s lawyers).
It’s all free.
I will get around to doing a ‘behind the song’ post – expect that some time between The Beatles reforming and Jamaica winning Curling gold at the winter Olympics. And the ‘greatest cow-mandment’ 1/4-pounder will be in a fast food outlet near you just after that…
And if you love it, even slightly, leave me a comment – please!
I said I’d do it, and by Ringo’s beard I’ve done it!
Here’s the mp3 of my kid’s praise song The Greatest Commandment all nice and shiny and ready for your ears. Try not to scratch it!
The Chord sheet and Behind the song post will follow soon.
If you think you ever might use such a song in your kid’s ministry let me know and I might even post an mp3 backing track. (If no one wants it I’ll probably still do it, it’ll just take a lot longer!)
(Photo credit – I am not the photographer, or the dude in the photo. Or the kid. If YOU are anyone of these people and don’t want me to use the photo let me know and I’ll happy return all your pixels in mint condition)
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