I didn't care for his music for the longest time.

I might have been the only one of my friends who didn't own a copy of 'Damn the Torpedoes'. I listened to it at their houses, it was the soundtrack to many get togethers, and I didn't care.

Friends would offer to make me a tape. I'd decline. I didn't like the nasal whine of his voice. And I hated Stan Lynch's drum sound.

Yet after hearing to Tom Petty's music everyday at my job for the past 28 years, I came to appreciate his music because I started listening to it.

At first, it was his hooks as I have a fondness for ear candy.

But then, it became much more about his lyrics.

From 'Listen to her Heart" "She might need a lot of loving/ But she don't need you!"

From "You Got Lucky" "Good love is hard to find, You got lucky, babe, when I found you,"

And a catelogue filled with more examples.

Lots of attitude, but not delivered in an egostical way.

I came around and am glad I did.

If you want to learn more about Tom Petty, please check out this wonderful documentary 'Runnin' Down a Dream'.

RIP Tom Petty. Poet. Rock Star.