Playlist Challenge, Day 570

Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”

Rest in Peace, Tom Petty

When I was a tiny human, my parents played music constantly. It was only natural for my first favorite band to be a band they introduced me to — Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. I can remember, before I could use the turntable, asking my dad to put on Full Moon Fever for me. (I loved solo Petty as well as his work with the Heartbreakers). I would listen to that album from start to finish, on repeat.

My first favorite band…and later, my first rock star crush. Before the boy groups and all that, it was Tom Petty. To this day, I can’t explain it. I just had a thing for him. And while I was still in love with the man and his band, my parents took me to see them. Twice. I was the happiest and luckiest kid in the world. I had been to several concerts, but Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was the first one I was old enough to really remember.

And now, Tom Petty is gone. He passed away at 8:40 p.m. (PST) on Monday, October 2, 2017.

I’m at a loss. I know there are people here who can understand; after all, the music community has been grieving far too often lately. This, though, is different, for me. This was the artist who set me on my journey, the first to make me really feel so deeply about music.

Thank you, Tom Petty, and may you rest in peace.

Weekly Focus: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Day Seven

Technically, this is a solo Petty song, but…I think it still counts. I absolutely adore this track. It’s been one of my favorites for years.

Tom Petty — “Zombie Zoo,” from the album Full Moon Fever (1989).

Weekly Focus: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Day Six

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “Two Gunslingers,” from the album Into the Great Wide Open (1991).

Weekly Focus: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Day Five

This will always be one of my favorite music videos ❤

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “Don’t Come Around Here No More,” from the album Southern Accents (1985).

Weekly Focus: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Day Four

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “You Got Lucky,” from the album Long After Dark (1982).

Weekly Focus: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Day Three

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “Don’t Do Me Like That,” from the album Damn the Torpedoes (1979).

Weekly Focus: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Day Two

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “Listen to Her Heart,” from the album You’re Gonna Get It! (1978).

Weekly Focus: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Day One

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers — “American Girl,” from the self-titled album (1976).