Off subject, but not off topic: A recent observation...
What happened to the Irish musicians of my youth? Sinead O'Connor with hair... Shane MacGowan with teeth... what's next? Is Bono going to stop being a smug narcissist?
I tell you what; you kids and your modern rock-n-roll music. I just don't get it, and I'm only thirty! Most of the stuff I like falls under the category of "singer/songwriter" though not at all like Gordon Lightfoot or his ilk. For years, my favorite musicians has been Tom Waits. He started in the '70's as a sort of lounge music piano player. This was before the heavy drinking and chain smoking turned his voice into a pile of gravel and broken glass. His voice is now very unique, as is his style. As for lyrics, he makes Bob Dylan's lyrics read like a remedial grade-school poem. I cannot recommend him enough for those who haven't heard of him. He's been in a view movies too. If you've ever seen "Bram Stoker's Dracula," the one directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Keanu Reeves and Wynona Rider, Waits played Renfield, the crazy guy eating the bugs. He was also in a godawful picture recently called "Wristcutter: A Love Story." Ray Lamontagne is another excellent lyricist, though his voice is much softer; almost like a woman's. In fact, when I first heard his single "Trouble" in which a line goes, "I've been saved by a woman," I originally thought it was Tracy Chapman coming out of the closet. Nick Cave is another one. He started out in the '70's as well in a sort of heavy-punk-proto-goth band called "The Birthday Party." In the '80's he formed "The Bad Seeds" which still maintained the darker edge without the heavy instrumental accompaniment; he got much softer. Johnny Cash did a duet with him and covered his song "The Mercy Seat" late in his life. If you recall the "Crow" movie, back when it was supposedly going to be directed by Italian horror auteur Dario Argento, Nick Cave was slotted to play the lead. He had a cameo in the German picture "Heaven over Berlin" or as it was called in the U.S., "Wings of Desire" which was remade into that piece of garbage, "City of Angels." Most recently, he did the music for, and performed a cameo in, "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." Beautifully done movie too.
Sorry to run on like that, but I don't have much to add about making and/or stealing babies. Though I will say that one day in the future, all these Latin speaking babies are just going to ruin the job market. You just know it.