What can one say about such an influential musician that hasn’t been said many times before? Petty (with and without The Heartbreakers) was not only a brilliant musician and songwriter, but he was transcendental in that he had staying power through 3 generations of fans–tragically passing after completing an extensive 40th anniversary tour. I first really got into Tom Petty in middle school with the laid back grooves of “Last Dance With Mary Jane” and “Free Fallin'” serving as the downtempo segments for the soundtrack to a rather tumultuous time in any kid’s life. Uncle Teej gave me their greatest hits album for Christmas one year, to the chagrin of my dad who scoffed at my listening to “druggie music”. Petty’s music had soul–something I didn’t hear often in popular music of the day–and it made a fitting foil to my musical staples like TMBG, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Chumbawamba (Yeah, I actually know and like more than one Chumbawamba song!).
Like Petty, I found the South too confined–too small for my ambitions, and I moved west. Thirty-seven years after Petty left Gainesville, Florida for Los Angeles, I was crossing the continent with several of Petty’s tracks (“Runnin’ Down a Dream” frequently turned up) offering portions of yet another soundtrack for a transitional period in my life.
Here I am again, thinking of changes to come in my life and career, and I’m brought again to Tom Petty. I look at all the nonsense going on in the world and all the difficulties (great and small) that we all face every day, and there’s one voice ringing clear and true–with all of America’s purple mountains’ majesty and amber waves of grain behind it–reminding me to not back down. Thanks, Tom.
The 8-Bit Guy soundtrack is a great collection of electronic tracks in various styles from both amateur and seasoned professional composers! In this video, I’ll go over my first impressions and review a few of my favorite tracks.
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A novelty piece in the old “break-in” style pioneered by Dickie Goodman and Bill Buchanan where song clips replace soundbytes from interviews or dialogue.I downloaded this from AOL in the mid-1990’s, and I don’t recall who uploaded it originally.If you or someone you know created this, please let me know so that I may give proper credit.Thanks!
Say what you will about his personal life, Chuck Berry was an absolute genius that literally defined rock (and roll), taking simplistic blues riffs and “hunka-hunka” lyrics co-opted by his predecessors and driving them into complex melodies driven by his mastery of the new technology of the time: the solid body electric guitar. Berry’s musicianship (and brash showmanship) took the guitar, once relegated to the rhythm section of an ensemble, and brought it to the front with dedicated solos and new playing techniques that would become the basis for popular music into the next century.
Naturally, Berry would be among the inaugural class of inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because without him and the musicians he inspired (including a couple of scousers from Liverpool), the latter half of the twentieth century could have played out remarkably different!
Perhaps it isn’t the best Chuck Berry performance, but his reaction to Yoko Ono’s unintelligible screeching makes this reunion with his friend and protege John Lennon makes this one of my favorite performances!
Let’s not forget, though, the song that he is–literally–immortalized for what might be forever in interstellar space on the Voyager space probe’s Golden Record:
Go, Johnny, go!
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