Ok, I realize it has been a few days since I have posted a blog. This is due to a number of factors that all involve time or lack thereof. But, it is Monday and I am ready to wax musically for another day.
During my brief hiatus, I’ve given some consideration to the blog and the overall format. I’ve decided to shake it up a bit and only post two times per week about a particular artist’s relevance and history and the other days will be a more interactive process of ranking artist’s best albums and top songs. Over the past few months I’ve noticed that my incendiary lists seem to illicit more of a response from you, the sweet, gentle reader.
Today’s blog will spotlight the complete and best work of one Mr. Thomas Earl Petty and his amazing band The Heartbreakers.
Tom Petty (Solo & The Heartbreakers) Discography & Best Song From Each Album:
Note: No song selection will be made from live albums or anthologies.
- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)
- Official Live Leg (1977)
- You’re Gonna Get It (1978)
- Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
- Hard Promises (1981)
- Long After Dark (1982)
- Southern Accents (1985)
- Pack Up the Plantation (1985 Live)
- Let Me Up (I’ve had Enough) (1987)
- Full Moon Fever (1989 Solo)
- Into The Great Wide Open (1991)
- Greatest Hits (1993)
- Wildflowers (1994 Solo)
- Playback (1995)
- Songs and Music from “She’s the One” (1996)
- Echo (1999)
- Anthology: Through the Years (2000)
- The Last DJ (2002)
- Highway Companion (2006 Solo)
- The Live Anthology (2009)
- Mojo (Set to release in Spring 2010)
Top 5 Tom Petty Albums:
- Damn the Torpedoes
- Hard Promises
- Southern Accents
- Full Moon Fever
- Highway Companion
Top 10 Tom Petty Songs:
- Angel Dream No. 2
- It’ll All Work Out
- Louisiana Rain
- Straight Into Darkness
- Southern Accents
- The Waiting
- Even The Losers
- American Girl
So, there you have it, my list of Tom Petty greatness. Given his extensive catalog and thirty plus years in the business, I allowed five albums and ten songs. Future artists might warrant less.
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Great music awaits!
I’m always impressed when an artist writes his own material and has the ability to play an instrument. As I’ve gotten older, I have come to better appreciate all the subtleties of a song and the work that goes into its creation. To me, the key to great music is the lyrics. I appreciate the instrumentation and all the musical components, but the lyrics are what draw me in.
The beauty of a lyric is that it can be a simple, well placed line or it can be the entire composition of a song. It is the artist’s ability to convey a thought or emotion that connects personally to the listener. In my opinion, it is poetry set to music. Witty, quirky, rambling thoughts, scathing sociopolitical commentary, beautiful, fluid observations, or emotionally charged lyrics, in my opinion, are the cornerstone of music.
So, I’ve compiled a list of great lyrics. This will certainly be a reoccurring topic on the blog as there are so many areas to mine for genius lyrics.
Here is the first installment of great lyrics you should be listening to:
|So you’ve been broken and you’ve been hurt, show me somebody who ain’t. Yeah I know I’m nobody’s bargain but hell a little touch up and a little paint.
|A candle throws its light into the darkness, in a nasty world so shines a good deed. Make sure the fortune you seek is the fortune that you need. Tell me why the first to ask is the last to give every time. What you say and do not mean follows you close behind.
|Diamonds On the Inside
|People walk a tightrope on a razor’s edge carryin’ their hurt and hatred and weapons. It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen or a thought or a word or a sentence.
|Ain’t No Reason
|Soak me in the sunshine, rinse me in the rain, the smell of hate surrounds me and I want to love again. Wrap me in feathers lost from angel’s wings, they’ve broken my reflection and I am in need.
|Broken Reflection (Troubadour’s Prayer)
|Those little demons ain’t the reasons for the bruises on your soul you’ve been neglecting. You’ll never lose your mind as long as your heart always reminds you where you left it. And don’t ever let them make you feel like saying what you want is unbecoming.
If you were supposed to watch your mouth all the time I doubt your eyes would be above it
|Your words just a bloody fallacy a house of cards you painted white. You tried to recreate Normandy but you made up the reason to fight.
And now red oil is spillin’ down on the street and your eyes too big for the belly is weak.
Will you not refuse this currency or is blood money just money to you is blood money just money to you
|Well I looked my demons in the eyes lay bare my chest
Said do your best to destroy me. I’ve been to hell and back
So many times I must admit you kinda bore me. There’s a lot of things that can kill a man there’s a lot of ways
To die yes, and some already did and walk beside me.
There’s a lot of things I don’t understand so many people lie. It’s the hurt I hide that fuels the fire inside me.
Will I always feel this way so empty so estranged?
|I dreamed you, I saw your face. Caught my lifeline when drifting through space. I saw an angel, I saw my fate I can only thank God it was not too late.
Over mountains I floated away across an ocean I dreamed her name. I followed an angel down through the gates.
I can only thank God it was not too late
|Angel Dream(No. 2)
|Boy, don’t you worry, you’ll find yourself. Follow your heart and nothing else. And you can do this, oh baby, if you try. All that I want for you, my son, is to be satisfiedand be a simple kind of man.
Oh, be something you love and understand.
|There’s a red barn in the half light and a white frost on the shade. And in the bars down off the main drag they’re drinking down what they got paid and I wonder in all my leaving if I ever could have stayed. I’m coming home There’s a junked out car in the tall grass it ain’t ever gonna sell. And Jimmy’s raising daughters and Jack’s out raising hell.
And I always said I loved you, I never said I loved you well.
|Cross of Flowers
Great music awaits!