Tom Waits in the Hall of Fame

image from media.npr.orgThis bit has nothing at all to do with mountains, aside from the fact that Tom Waits' gravelly voice rasps through my earbuds on every expedition I go on, his defined but unrefined style one that has always grabbed and inspired me. 

So, mountains aside, I was excited this morning when my wife called to tell me Tom Waits was on NPR as part of their series on new inductees to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame; Waits' piece is aptly titled Tom Waits: Skid Row's Boozy Balladeer.

Those of you who tune into The MountainWorld Blog a lot might remember my post from back in 2008 on The Wit & Wisdom of Tom Waits. It featured snippets of a great interview Waits did with himself on his blog – definitely a fun read. And, if you enjoy Tom's music, personality, etc., you might want to check out some more:

And, I guess there is a bit of a mountain tie-in. Deep in the South Platte of Colorado lies an amazing dome of rock called Big Rock Candy Mountain. While perhaps not related in name, Waits did record a version of the song that was used in the 1987 film Ironweed. Hmmm, reaching a bit there…

Anyway, enjoy Tom Waits…and congrats to him on a well-earned place in music history!

Jake Norton is an Everest climber, guide, photographer, writer, and motivational speaker from Colorado.

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