Monday night after the news of Tom Petty’s death became official, I made a little post and mentioned where I feel I first encountered his music and that was the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”, with “American Girl” blaring on the first day of school.  It’s kinda fitting that “American Girl” was the last song he ever played in front of crowd. 

As I was going to bed that night I found “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on HBO/Showtime, one of the “on-demand” channels and gave it another watch.

The image shown above is mixture of that scene where “American Girl” was playing and a screen grab from YouTube from him playing “American Girl” on 9/25. 

For 232 of the past 233 days(not counting today10/4), I’ve been tracking the first song I’ve heard each day. For about 225-228 those have been purely random sent to me through Pandora, or Spotify. There were a couple of days that I cheated and wanted to hear a specific song on a certain day, mainly after a friend died. So for October 3rd, I again cheated and the first song was “American Girl”.  

I’m not going to say I’m never going to track the music again, but I’m sure as hell taking a sabbatical from it, because I’m not feeling it and not sure when I will. I’ll dig into the Marc Maron podcasts, or other audio-books since sports-talk tv/radio is too God Damn political and too full of shit and garbage to listen to. 

Over those 232 days, there were 70 different performers. I don’t know how many different songs, because there were some that came to me multiple times. 


My top 10/20 is pretty much spot on.  That’s mostly the music I grew up on, and the newest additions to that would be Robert Earl Keen and the Turnpike Troubadours and both of those were mostly discovered within in the past 5-10 years. 

Warren Zevon on high on the list, and while I remember a few of his songs, I can’t say that I fully appreciated him while he was alive, so he’s another fairly new discovery. 

This littlle project started on 2/14 with the live version of “Learning to Fly”, from the Live Anthology. 


On 30/232 days Tom Petty was apart of the first song I heard whether it was a solo song, him with the Heartbreakers, the Wilburys, part of his work with Johnny Cash, or him and Bo Diddley jamming out to “Mona”.  That’s really no surprise.   It just goes to show that the Pandora Thumb Print station and the “Daily Mix” on Spotify are intelligent concepts that really do pick up on habits. 


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.

The music opened with “Dirty World” from The Traveling Wilburys. 

The music started earlier with a live version of “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon. 

Line that spoke to me this time:

I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s
And her hair was perfect