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. 

thoughtsthatstray:

The show-runners of “True Blood” should have had Sookie Stackhouse do a mock video of “Da Doo Ron Ron”. Add it as fodder to the Blu-Ray 

I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still
Da doo ron ron ron
Da doo ron ron
Somebody told me that his name was Bill
Da doo ron ron ron
Da doo ron ron 
Yeah, my heart stood still
Yeah, his name was Bill, 
And when he walked me home 
Da doo ron ron ron, Da doo ron ron

Just have her dancing around Merlot’s singing into a mop handle, flashing to scenes were Bill first entered the joint.

Yeah I’m corny and my mind is warped… can’t help it.

Not entirely what I had in mind but I guess it works. 

The show-runners of “True Blood” should have had Sookie Stackhouse do a mock video of “Da Doo Ron Ron”. Add it as fodder to the Blu-Ray 

I met him on a Monday and my heart stood still
Da doo ron ron ron
Da doo ron ron
Somebody told me that his name was Bill
Da doo ron ron ron
Da doo ron ron 
Yeah, my heart stood still
Yeah, his name was Bill, 
And when he walked me home 
Da doo ron ron ron, Da doo ron ron

Just have her dancing around Merlot’s singing into a mop handle, flashing to scenes were Bill first entered the joint.

Yeah I’m corny and my mind is warped… can’t help it.

“Vice Principals” returned to HBO Sunday night, and it’s still over-the-top. It’s hard not to picture Danny McBride in anyway  other than Kenny Powers, substitute teacher simply getting a promotion.  

Same character type, still in the Carolinas. He and Walton Goggins play off of each other so well.

McBride in the chair lift was perfect. 

The worst part of it, is that it is limited to two seasons. It wasn’t quite what I expected last year, I figured there might be more crazy story lines from students getting into trouble and the VP’s would have to deal with them, but it is still a funny show.  

Very Special Agent Todd, I think that might be against NCIS regulations, but then again it might be Gibbs’ rule #101. 

As I was going to sleep last night, I saw that “The Accountant” was coming on HBO/Showtime/Cinemax (one of them), so I clicked record on the DVR and started watching it figuring, I’d fall asleep in the process.

Well, that didn’t happen. It was a neat movie, but could see the “twist” (if you want to call it that coming).