Taylor Swift Reflects On Tom Petty as a Songwriter

Commentary: Yesterday sucked and today hurts

Tom Petty's death on Monday became the subject of a coroner's inquiry that was opened on Tuesday in Los Angeles, The Wrap reported.

As would be expected, sales of Tom Petty's music exploded on Monday, when the music icon died of cardiac arrest at age 66 - and the increase was huge. "We often say how lucky we were to know someone when they pass. Man, was I lucky, and moreso we were lucky that Tom Petty passed our way and left us a soundtrack more significant every day".

Petty's music career kicked off in 1976 with his band's self-titled first album, which included the Top 40 hit "Breakdown". He was a writer and craftsman who added scores of songs to rock's lexicon. Over the following decades, the band turned out over a dozen studio albums and a steady string of hits that included "Don't Do Me Like That", "Refugee", "Free Fallin'" and "American Girl".

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Musician Tom Petty performs onstage during a Haitian relief benefit at Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills on January 9, 2016. I think it's really important that you believe in yourself, first of all.

Petty's Americana twang, combined with simple rock & roll music and romanticised stories of rebellious individuals nearly always existing somewhere in California struck a chord with listeners, and tracks like "The Waiting", "Listen To Her Heart", "Refugee", "Mary Jane's Last Dance", and "Learning To Fly" were immediate hits.

I still shake my head at newscasts that show only Petty's last performance, which occurred a week before his death. Petty had spent most of 2017 on the road with his band, the Heartbreakers, celebrating their 40th anniversary as a group. I see friendships end over politics. Those first 6 months in California were the loneliest days I've ever faced, but I wasn't alone.

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Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002, when they were described by organizers as "the quintessential American individualists", capturing the voice of the American everyman. He approached his songwriting with a director's eye for a compelling narrative, explaining to Billboard past year, "A good song should give you a lot of images, you should be able to make your own little movie in your head to a good song". "He was a great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I'll never forget him".

"Excuse me if I have some place in my mind/Where I go time to time", he sang in 1994's "It's Good to be the King".

We'll worry about Thursday when it gets here I guess.

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The Wrap said the band had wrapped up a tour with three concerts at the Hollywood Bowl ending September 25.

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