2.4: Tom Waits – Mule Variations (1999)


Sometimes an album can offer you a point of departure: that moment when suddenly – WHAM! – everything clicks and new musical vistas are in front of you.  We return to a theme we discussed back in episode 7 of our first season as we talk about Shannon’s journey with Tom Waits, specifically with his 1999 album Mule Variations. In this episode, we talk about how we perceive music and its affectations. We talk about how we are confronted and challenged by music that comes out of left field in a way we don’t expect. We talk about how we’re charmed by it, changed by it, even annoyed by it. Graeme isn’t convinced, but Shannon and Rob certainly are – and lively discussion ensues! And after our journey is over, where do we end up? There’s only one way to find out, kids. Lend us your ears.

Our Spotify playlist has all the songs from this album. Each week, we’ll add the other albums we cover this season to it as well, so check it out!

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