Maybe this cat & mouse game of the media, jumping the gun on this has softened the blow. Maybe it hasn’t hit yet. In a post about being on vacation with my family as a kid when Elvis died, and how it hit my mom and aunt (they adored him). I touched on how I wasn’t sure how I would handle losing an icon that I cherished in one way or another, whether it was music, sports, an actor, or actress.  I said:

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Yes, it’s slap in the face, punch in the gut and a kick in the balls all at once.  

I think I can pinpoint the first time I ever heard Thomas Earl Petty and his Heartbreakers, and that was watching “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on VHS when “American Girl” Belted out on the first day of school.  It jumped out at me. That was somewhere around ‘82 or ‘83 and from that point on I was hooked. 

I only got to see him once but you can’get better seats than the front row.

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That was a memorable concert.

When I was first processing the potential news which eventually proved to be true, my thoughts drifted to the show “Californication” where Hank Moody (David Duchovny) was either talking to his father or about his father or reading a letter from his father, but his dad in the show was happy that one of Hank’s books was being made into a movie, because it was “permanent”, Hank was dumbfounded a bit, that a movie was  better than a book or more permanent, but the in the letter his dad wrote him he was proud of the books, and I started to think of all the music,(Heartbreakers, Solo, Wilburys) the videos, or even the cameo Petty had “The Postman” with Kevin Costner, his time with Mike Judge and Hank Hill on “The King of the Hil”, books, documentaries. . He left a lot of “permanent” fixtures. 

 Don Mclean wrote about the day the music died in his song “American Pie”, signing about Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and the others that died in that plane crash. 

I think for me that day is October 2nd, 2017. I’ll always have the CD’s maybe a tape or two left, a couple of DVD’s Blu-rays, a hard drive full of his music, but it will never be exactly the same. 

He will be missed.  I’m sure he’s already riding the river with Johnny Cash. 

Will look at this again in the morning.. Maybe.. I’ll have to see if it makes sense. 

For those interested, if you scroll and scroll, there are some unique audio performances that I uploaded that might be on you tube, but were left over from napster days. 

http://thoughtsthatstray.tumblr.com/tagged/Tom-Petty

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Over the weekend I watched the movie “Mystic River” again. It was likely the 3rd or 4th time I’ve watched this dark drama and it is dark on so many levels. Helluva cast. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Kevin Bacon among others. It might actually be the first time Emmy Rossum (Shameless) ever graced my screen. 

Monday morning brought out a little twang with likely my favorite Waylon Jennings song, “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”. 

Favorite Line:

Lord, I’ve seen the world, with a five-piece band
Looking at the back side of me
Singing my songs, and one of his now and then
But I don’t think Hank done ‘em this way, no
I don’t think Hank done ’em this way

The first song on Sunday morning was “Scar Tissue” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Favorite line:

Scar tissue that I wish you saw
Sarcastic Mister know it all

The first song I heard to day was Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road”. 

Favorite Line:

You hardly ever saw Grandaddy down here
He only come to town about twice a year
He’d buy a hundred pounds of yeast and some copper line
Everybody knew that he made moonshine

The first song this morning is the Levon Helm’s acoustic/folkish cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”.

Favorite Line:

Everything dies, baby that’s a fact
But maybe everything that dies some day comes back.