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episode 4: Get Behind the Mule, Mule Variations, Tom Waits [258]

The breadth and intimacy of Waits's writing is highlighted by our new guest host, director Justin Audibert, who joins Martin and Sam for this quasi-title track from Mule Variations. We discuss the emotional expression of singing through popular music, how Waits paints a portrait of America with specifics and generalities, and yodelling. Lots on yodelling. You didn't ask for this, but you're getting it. Yodelling. You're welcome.

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Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include: Get Behind The Mule, Mule Variations, Tom Waits (1999) Blue Yodel No. 8 (Mule Skinner Blues), Jimmie Rodgers (1930)

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 2020-11-18  22m