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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The first song for Thursday occurred a bit after midnight. “A Mind With A Heart Of It’s Own” by Thomas Earl Petty.

Favorite Line:

I’ve been over to your house
And you’ve been over sometimes to my house
I’ve slept in your tree house
My middle name is Earl

The music on Sunday opened with Johnny & The Heartbreakers with “I Won’t Back Down”. 

The first song earlier today was “You Don’t Know How It Feels”, by Tom Petty off of of his “Wildflowers” album. 

Favorite Line:

“My old man was born to rock,

he’s still  trying  to beat the clock”

The first song this Friday was “Runnin’ Down a Dream” by Tom Petty from his solo album “Full Moon Fever”.

Favorite Line:

Trees flew by, me and Del were singin’ ‘little Runaway’
I was flyin’

The second song this morning was “Mona”, when Bo Diddley joined Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on the stage. 

Favorite Line:

*the first song was actually “Boats N’ Hoes” from Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly from “Step Brothers”. 

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The first song earlier on this Friday, was “Into the Great Wide Open”, by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Favorite Line:

His leather jacket had chains that would jingle
They both met movie stars, partied and mingled