Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Rock and Roll Soul


Rock and Roll has no beginning and no end for it is the very pulse of life itself.
-Larry Williams

I love all kinds of music, and will vary what I listen too, but rock and roll is my core. Especially when tinged with the flavor of the south. I've alluded to my love of Alice Cooper and why he meant so much...but Tom Petty, well his music was what I turned to when I was working on issues, when I was driving long distances...just a rock and roll soul brother whose seeming simplicity of lyric, hide a profound view of the experience of life,  and it was what helped me make sense of so much of what went on in my life, especially in the 90s.

Losing him was like losing a family member who had meant so much in years past, but events kind of pulled you away from them. And now you delve back into your memories and revisit the relationship.  I've been listening to him a good deal on his channel on Sirrius Xm. A song that became my lifeline during a break-up of a long term relationship and some other events connected to it, was 'Waiting for Tonight'. As it was a song that was hidden in the Playback release...you don't hear it much. And it faded from memory for me. I heard it yesterday for the first time in a long time. It was surreal...I'm still not settled.

So here it is one of the songs of all that he wrote, that really touched me, and helped me survive. I am grateful to him and  to all who keep rock and roll's pulse going.

Tom Petty, 'Waiting for Tonight':


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