It’s Friday and I actually remembered to add/update two videos to “My Top 100 Songs”
I nearly went with a more modern version found here, simply because it’s touching to see Shooter Jennings step in for his pops Waylon, and not many if any can fill Johnny Cash’s shoes but Jamey Johnson gives it a valiant effort.
Today’s installment of my “Adding video’s to my top 100 song list”, includes two that deserve tiny little stories.
Folsom Prison Blues
Evidently as a kid(I still do at times), I would play a song over and over, just stick it in on repeat and let it go, it was harder to do on a walkman/cassette but I did it so much I could time it. This was also a song as a kid I would sing for whoever wanted to hear or didn’t want to hear it. I’m torn about the fact that there is no such video of it. Part of me me is glad that it doesn’t exist, but part of me wishes it did just so I could see the other people in the video.
At times it’s my favorite Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers song and others it passes that crown on to “You Don’t Know How it Feels”. With that said there is nothing I dislike about this song. I liked it the first time I heard it. It stuck. It hit. I mean it’s just one of those that is with you forever. I take that back. I hate the John Mayer covered and idiots attribute it to him, otherwise it’s damn near flawless.
Then after hearing the story about how it was basically created on a whim with Petty trying out a new keyboard, and it just appeared out of nowhere, it makes it a bit more magical. Then when you learn that “Full Moon Fever” as a whole was turned down by MCA to start with makes you wonder “what the hell they were thinking”.
We can’t forget the video with that angel skateboarding on the half pipe. It never made me want to skateboard, but I sure as hell would watch her.
I think this song helped manufacture my infatuation with the Hollywood Hills and Mulholland Drive. In the least it helped cement it. The seed was planted back in ‘84 out in Los Angeles during the Olympics while stopping off on an overlook and just taking in the sights of Los Angeles. If I ever were to sky-dive, I would want it to be out over Mulholland or at least where I could view the Hollywood Hills as i fell from the sky.