Artist In Focus: Tom Petty

The second in a series of posts about some of my favourite musicians and their music. Tom Petty is from Florida and has been a musician since 1970. I saw him in concert in Dublin five years ago (2012) and he was stunning live. It has been tricky narrowing this down to six songs – I could have easily chosen a different set; he has so so many terrific songs. Some of these songs also prevented me from going crazy while writing my thesis! Okay, here we go:

  1. Free Fallin’ (from Full Moon Fever, 1989) This was my introduction to Tom Petty and his catalogue. Still sounds amazing.
  2. A Thing About You (from Hard Promises, 1981) Love this track, great upbeat number.
  3. The Waiting (also from Hard Promises, 1981) I first heard this one on a greatest hits album which I have. I decided to track down the album in the library – and in true Tom Petty style, it blew me away. Every song on the album is a smash.
  4. Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) (from Damn The Torpedoes, 1979) Apart from the greatest hits, this album is the only Tom Petty album I own. I fell in love with this song instantly. Perfect summer music.
  5. You Wreck Me (from Wildflowers, 1994) I came across this one when I was cataloguing all the music on my dad’s computer. I love this, I put it on my iPod straight away. The punchy beat just makes me want to dance. It’s a fantastic one to put on at a party.
  6. Runnin’ Down A Dream (also from Full Moon Fever, 1989) Probably his best-known song after Free Fallin’. An awesome driving song!

 

Stay tuned for more music soon! #ArtistInFocus #TomPetty #MyLifeInMusic

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What’s On My Stereo// AC/DC, Tom Petty

My first post of 2016 is hopefully one I will make into a regular feature. I love my music and particularly rock from the 1960s-1980s, though I will give all types and styles of music a listen.

So currently at home on my stereo (and iPod) are AC/DC and Tom Petty.

My most played tracks this week from AC/DC are:

Shake Your Foundations (from 1985’s Fly On The Wall) Shake Your Foundations

Anything Goes (from 2008’s Black Ice) Anything Goes

War Machine (also from 2008’s Black Ice) War Machine

My most played tracks from Tom Petty are:

The Waiting (from 1981’s Hard Promises) The Waiting

Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid) (from 1979’s Damn The Torpedoes) Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)

You Wreck Me [on iPod only] (from 1994’s Wildflowers) You Wreck Me

Honey Bee [on iPod only] (also from 1994’s Wildflowers) Honey Bee

Change Of Heart [on iPod only] (from 1982’s Long After Dark) Change Of Heart

So there you have it for this week – what’s on your stereos/iPods?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow your dream

Over the weekend, two songs or more specifically their lyrics seemed to strike a particular chord with me.

Song #1 – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: American Dream Plan B (2014)

Key lyric – “I gotta dream, I’m gonna fight til I get it right”

Song #2 – The Script: Superheroes (2014)

Key lyric – “Every day, every hour, turn the pain into power”

Why do these lyrics speak to me?

Dealing with “Superheroes” first, I deal with constant pain every day in my lower back, spine and legs. But though I have my bad days and get tired easily I will not give up! Then “American Dream Plan B”, I have a dream to work in third-level education someday and I will not give up!

I am strong and determined – I am a fighter.