Monday, March 26, 2007

The Scarlett Letter

There's not a lot of need for me to link to Vogue, but when it has to do with Scarlett Johansson's album of Tom Waits covers, well, then link away. And run a gratuitous cheesecake photo, too. Thanks to The Eyeball Kid for the tip.

But why Tom Waits? She sez:

Some fans may have been surprised by her first appearance on Saturday Night Live in 2006, when she sang in several skits and more than held her own. Not surprisingly, her voice is a velvety alto. Less predictably, her first CD is a collection of her favorite Tom Waits songs. I assumed her parents might have introduced her to his music—Waits has had a cult following since the seventies—but she said that musician friends in high school brought his music to her attention, and she remains an avid fan. She had originally planned to record an album of standards, then changed her mind after adding "I Never Talk to Strangers" to her repertoire. "I've always considered Tom Waits to be kind of a composer of modern standards; he has a lot of beautiful ballads and really heartbreaking songs."

RELATED TW NOTE: RIP Joel Brodsky. He took the cover photo for Tom Waits' Small Change and another photo of Jim Morrison that you might have seen.

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