I bought my first Tom Waits record in 1984, the album called “Foreign Affairs” (that’s the CD version in today’s photo, complete with my reflection – cool, eh?). I bought it at Tower Records on what is known as “The Ave” in Seattle’s University District. It was a “Nice Price” LP, meaning it was cheaper than most brand new records.
I took the record home to my apartment and put it on. I loved it immediately, which helps me remember that day. It was a dreary winter day, with a chance of snow. I had a date that night, a friend coming over for dinner. I listened to the record while preparing dinner.
I’m embarrassed to admit that the only part of the meal I remember is the dessert, a mint pie with a crushed cookie crust. I’m also embarrassed to admit that I got stood up that night. That’s right, my date didn’t show. I blamed the weather.
I’m not embarrassed to say that from that first listen, I’ve been hooked on the music of Tom Waits.