I was hanging out in the upstairs of the Starbucks over by Madison Square Garden tonight, dodging all the brit-rock fans heading over to the Garden for the Oasis show — just sitting by myself, slumped over a table, drinking overpriced orange juice, trying to make a dent in the book I’m reading and tuning out the conversations and Christmas music piped over the p.a. And then, through the espresso machine’s hiss, I heard some piano chords that sounded familiar. A basic blues, but I knew it from those first notes. Could Starbucks be playing “Picture in a Frame” by Tom Waits? Does Starbucks do that now?
And after a few seconds of staring off into space, I could pick out that unmistakable voice and sat there, smiling like an idiot until the end, secretly wondering if I could convince the barista to play it again. And then over again. What a perfect, beautiful song.
Play it as many times as you want.
Tom Waits – Picture in a Frame (Buy It)
posted by Adam