The Piano Has Been Drinking
How does music affect our memories?
There is pretty much zero correlation with what is currently going on in my life and when I lived a summer in Paris in between my sophomore and junior years of university.
I’m not really planning on running for any higher public office, so I might as well just get on with it:
- Four Roses Bourbon
- Tom Waits
- Gauloises Blondes
- Centre Pompidou
- (Very) late-night mergez frites
- Some of the best friends I’ve ever had
- Memories I (apparently) will never forget
But as I play the song tonight in our little “boshuisje” (cottage in the woods) while we remodel our house in our Dutch village while my kids bike to high school … need I say more?
But I’m playing Tom Waits.
And it brings me back.
And brings that “back” to now.
That’s all. That’s what I wanted to say today.
You can listen to it below and see if it rings any of your bells.
If not, which songs do?
Here’s Tom Waits playing “The Piano Has Been Drinking.”
There’s “Waltzing Matilda” which was another one from that era.