The Littlest Raindog

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The Littlest Raindog

The Littlest Raindog

I’ve made no secret of the fact that next week’s Tom Waits gig in Paris has put me in a state of perpetual chomping-at-the-bit excitement. What I’ve now found out, however, is that this manic enthusiasm seems to be rubbing off on my nearest and dearest, too.

I was driving my car to someplace or other this evening with Clare and her astonishingly-bright four year-old daughter, Lily, as passengers. On the car stereo was Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man album, which Lily took a strong disliking to. Fair enough, I though: Leonard Cohen is a bit of an acquired taste. Come to think of it, amongst Leonard Cohen fans that particular album is a bit of an acquired taste.

I decided to be considerate. I’d stop inflicting my music taste on others and – ideally – play something that had a stronger appeal amongst that sometimes difficult-to-please CBeebies demographic.

“What would you like to listen to, Lily?” I asked.

“Tom Waits,” she said.

Lily was later heard singing Waits’ classic track ’16 Shells From A 30.6′. It made Clare giggle, and knocked Scarlett Johansson’s cover versions right out of the water.

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Tom is a mostly funny writer, sometimes illustrator, and lapsed stand-up comedian based in Birmingham, UK. Currently an Expert Blogger at Time Out Birmingham, he's had humour pieces, illustrations, and articles about popular culture published in print and online publications.

7 Comments

  1. Rol July 16, 2008 at 1:22 am

    Get her reciting Frank’s Wild Years, THEN I’ll be impressed!

  2. Richard July 16, 2008 at 11:52 am

    I think there must be something about the gutteral tones involved, because Molly (8) is pretty much the same – Underground and In The Neighbourhood for her.
    She even asked for it on her ipod (we had an old ipod mini hanging around.)
    Not that I’m complaining, but it makes a sharp transition from her mother’s S-Club-7 which is on before it!

  3. jerseyraindog July 28, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Hey Tom, I had Alice on in the car yesterday and just a few bars into the opening song my 4 year old piped up and declared ‘this is fantastic Dad!’ He also likes Nick Cave so he’s a young man of considerable taste already. Oh, and like you I saw Tom Waits that very same evening in Paris in 2000 and clearly remember the Piano incident too. And like you I just got back from the first night of the two Paris shows. So you sir, obviously have impeccable taste too!

  4. Tom Lennon July 29, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Rol: If it happens, you’ll be the first to know

  5. Tom Lennon July 29, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Richard: I think you may be right – maybe they’re drawn to the music because the gutteral tones are so unlike anything they’ve heard before.

    Waitaminute – isn’t that what got many of us into TW? ;0)

    I think Lily likes a lot of the ‘hammer on a tin bath’ ‘found percussion’ random noise elements, too – possibly because she thinks it sounds funny.

  6. Tom Lennon July 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Jersey

    Isn’t it great when that happens?

    Funnily enough, I had Nick Cave’s Grinderman album on in the car the other day and Lily asked if this was Tom Waits…

    Of course, like many albums I like Grinderman contains some strong language. I don’t know about you, but I’ve become quite adept at hitting the mute button at just the right time and creating instant, child-friendly edits…

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