One night in the 70’s, when I was listening to my favorite radio station a song came on, a song that I had never heard before. It was in English and the voice of the singer was different, it gave me goose pimples and got my attention. I heard the German word “waltzing” in between all the English lyrics and wondered how that could be.
A waltz (Walzer) is an old Austrian dance, but the music wasn’t a Waltz. I couldn’t really make out what is was all about -my English was non-existing then- but I wanted to know more. I wanted to know more about the singer and the song itself. In the middle of the song I pressed “record”, didn’t care, that it would destroy one of my carefully recorded tapes, that was in the cassette player. I just wanted to have at least parts of the song, so I could find out more about it.
I got a piece of paper and a pen, sat by the radio and waited for the end of the song, when the radio host would mention the name.
I got the name, but not really the title. I was crushed. Research was harder then, but although more fun. I walked around with my cassette player and it took weeks until I finally had all the information I needed. The song was from a brand new album by a guy named Tom Waits.
Tom Waits and I have an ongoing one-sided love affair ever since. He is one of my favorite artists and every time I hear “Tom Traubert’s Blues” I think back at the time, when I heard it for the first time, back home in Austria.
Tom Waits story how he wrote the song and came up with the lyrics is very interesting and you can read all about it >>>here<<<
Well, thank you daily prompt, this was a nice trip down on memory lane.
A song comes on the radio and instantly, you’re transported to a different time and place. Which song(s) bring back memories for you and why? Be sure to mention the song, and describe the memory it evokes.