From her discussion with us back on Blue Valentine, we welcome back special correspondent Elizabeth Sankey to discuss the process of reinterpretation and translation of songs from studio-to-live settings. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Song by Song Towers, Martin and Sam talk about the textural shift in performances, more loss of meaning in the storytelling, as well as the brilliance of the Big Time band.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
Red Shoes, Big Time, Tom Waits (1988)
Red Shoes by the Drugstore, Blue Valentine, Tom Waits (1978)
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