Hey folks, here’s something for you to bash at. I started working on this very soon after Tom Petty died, but then for a variety of reasons got distracted from doing music for many months. The Fever competition got the proverbial juices flowing again, so I have now managed to get it to a bashable state.
This is an overt hommage and tribute. Petty is one of my all time musical heroes, having burst on the scene in my formative late teen years. His arrival (along with those of the Pretenders, Elvis Costello, and some others) was my salvation from the hell of 70s disco-- rock and roll was back!! I was galvanized.
This song was the first “personal anthem” I ever had, and was a minor hit for him off his second album You’re Gonna Get It. At the time, I had my first serious girlfriend, and she really did bail on me for the guy who had the money and the cocaine. At 19, the heartbreak seemed so heavy (as everything does at that age)… Of course, I know now that I’m damned lucky she did make that choice, because it would never have worked with us, but that perspective took a few years to gain (I was letting the little head do most of the thinking, to paraphrase the great John Hiatt).
I got to see Petty several times from '79 to about '84, and his shows were always totally awesome, full of energy and passion. Some of my best memories. His death hit me really hard, and I still stop myself and can’t believe he’s gone. So this is my tribute to Tom-- not looking to come up with a huge departure from the original, just paying my lifelong respects.
Some fun facts: the drums are an add-on pack of patterns recorded for AD2 by Steve Ferrone, Petty’s drummer for the last couple of decades, and I chose kit pieces to match as closely as possible what Steve typically plays with the Heartbreakers. Hey, why not??
Thanks for listening!
V2 after comments on V1: