Ted Walker

Tom Jones at the NPR Tiny Desk

Ted Walker
Tom Jones at the NPR Tiny Desk

I don't recall when I found this Tom Jones Tiny Desk show, but it's amazing that it was published in 2009. It was certainly years after that, probably 2013. Both of those years are a long time ago! In any event, this little show sold me on the Tiny Desk format for all time. Here are some elements that make this what it is:

  • Tom Jones' North Face pullover.
  • Tom filling up that first-gen tiny desk setup like Kong in a forgotten little alcove of Skull Island.
  • Tom's coughing and between-song banter, which comes across more like studio riffing than live performance.
  • The bad mood lighting.
  • Bob Boilen's emotional intro.
  • The way Tom Jones closes the show by asking, "Okay?"

The Tiny Desk is now a staple, and one of those projects that makes the Internet worthwhile after all.