Bach, Tom Waits, and the One Hit Wonder
May 11, 2009
Usually, my next thought is “I can’t do that.”
But then I wonder about whether anyone can write just one piece on that level. I tend to think that the general answer is ‘no’. After all, the St. Matthew Passion (and much of the rest of Bach’s oeuvre) is full of gorgeous near-perfect music, and Tom Waits has churned out consistently brilliant albums for decades.
So my question is – can anyone think of an artist whose output is mediocre, save for one masterpiece for the ages?