Tom Petty, an American music icon.
by Walter Price
The world has lost one of the most adored musicians. American rock icon Tom Petty has suddenly passed away. Petty in many respects was always a part of the pop culture landscape. Like Dylan, Jagger, McCartney, or even Bono, Petty seemed to be an integral part of the pop culture fabric.
What his contributions mean to people is varied and personal. Often when a Petty song comes on the radio it will take the listener back to particular moments, snapshots of times that often indulge and soundtrack cherished memories. I to have those moments. I long ago had decided that I had three stages of my youth and in each of those segments, at least one incarnation of Petty has been there.
Moments I’ll save for another time…but in respect for an artist that touched just about anyone who loved songwriting and pure rock n’ roll I have picked three of the tracks that meant something to me as I was trying to figure out how to be human.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Here Comes My Girl (1979)
Tom Petty – Free Fallin’ (1989)
Traveling Wilburys – Inside Out (1990)
“You and I will meet again, When we’re least expecting it, One day in some far off place, I will recognize your face, I won’t say goodbye my friend, For you and I will meet again.” – Tom Petty