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A Star Is Born: Tom Waits turns 68 today

 (Ellen Jaskol / Los Angeles Times)
(Ellen Jaskol / Los Angeles Times)

Sometimes, songs come out of other songs. The eggs are always inside other songs waiting to be broken open or fertilized, or released in just the right weather conditions. Who knows why? It's a mystery, and I'm filled with wonder about it. And it's probably why I keep doing it. If it happened every time, I'd stop doing it.

Tom Waits, 2011

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