A Sight For Sore Eyes - Foreign Affairs [051]

More debates this week around the use of borrowed musical themes and unique personal songwriting, as Martin and Sam explore Tom Waits’s nostalgic return to a bar and it’s denizens in A Sight For Sore Eyes. With some disagreement over the value of specificity and generalising, and Sam’s inability to name Beatles, Song by Song returns for another track from Foreign Affairs.

Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
A Sight For Sore Eyes, Foreign Affairs, Tom Waits (1977)

Those Were The Days, Single, Mary Hopkin (1968)

Auld Lang Syne, The Sound of The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (2013)

Lullaby (Wiegelied, Op. 49, No. 4), Songs from the Arc of Life, Johannes Brahms/Yo-Yo Ma/Kathryn Stott (2015)

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