Idiosyncratic singer Tom Waits has kept his fans waiting seven years for his new album, Bad as Me.

For his latest studio album, the California-based singer has surrounded himself with a cast of musicians including Keith Richards, Charlie Musselwhite, David Hidalgo and Mark Ribot.

Waits talked to Jian Ghomeshi, host of CBC's Q cultural affairs show, about his songwriting process and how his years in the music business have changed him.