It Took a While, But Tom Petty Won Me Over
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.