Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (1976)
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“He plays fast, but he never rushes”
– My colleague Mike, quoting someone else (whom I’ve since forgotten) that was praising Tom Petty. Talk about proper bibliography formatting!
As I type, I’ve got the Penguins/Devils* game playing in the background.**
And I’ve realized something: my favourite Pittsburgh Penguin not-named-Sidney Crosby might be Matt Cullen.
Born in the USA on November 2, 1976, Cullen is still one of the most reliable & consistent players in the NHL.
He’s not flashy but he plays to his strengths; with his linemates, he always plays an high-tempo, tight-checking game.
Though you may not see too many fans wearing his jersey, he’s among the most respected athletes in the league.
Even though he celebrated his 40th birthday early this month, he’s a very fast skater, yet his decision-making with the puck never seems rushed.
Terms like underrated & underappreciated spring to mind.
I’ve had a second realization: my favourite 70s solo artist not-named-David Bowie might be Tom Petty.
His first album, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, was released on November 9, 1976 (one week off, so close!). This self-titled debut marked the beginning of a remarkably consistent career, and he remains among the most reliable performers in the music industry.
Petty is never flashy but he plays to his strengths; with his bandmates, The Heartbreakers, the performances are up-tempo & the song arrangements are always tight.
Though you may not see too many fans wearing his T-shirts, he’s among the most respected musicians in the business.
As this album celebrated its 40th Anniversary earlier this month, terms like underrated & underappreciated still somehow spring to mind.
Finally, especially on tunes like American Girl heard here, Tom Petty proves he is more than deserving of the post-opening compliment: he plays fast, but never rushes.
*The New Jersey Devils, or as David Puddy would say, The Devils, The Devils! (thanks W for the reminder :D)
**Good news, Pittsburgh ended up winning 4-3 in a shootout!
Verbalize the Positive
I appreciate that Zack @ The Audible Stew introduced me to his Smoke on the Water Principle (SWP). The SWP theory, where an artist wisely chooses to play a simple yet effective riff instead of an elaborate one, would certainly apply to Tom Petty. I imagine countless people have picked up an acoustic guitar and Free Fallin’ was among the first tunes they played.
Also, like Matt Cullen & Tom Petty, though Zack may type quickly, his writing never feels rushed!