Happy 4th of July!

It’s foggy here in San Francisco, but it doesn’t matter. We all know that the best rock songs can bring the sun out. So go sit outside with a portable speaker or a guitar, good food and good friends. While enjoying the food and fireworks take a few minutes to think about the Declaration of Independence and consider the progress we’ve made towards equality and the work we still need to do. But mostly just sit back and enjoy some good (American) music.

Here’s to peace, love and a more inclusive and compassionate (not greater) America!

Learning to Fly

Something they talked about a lot in the Tom Petty documentary was how Petty’s lyrics are simple but leave things open ended for the listener.

“I’m learning to fly, around the clouds
But what goes up must come down”

I feel like the song could be about countless different things which is great. In the doc Petty said he didn’t necessarily write songs about certain people or events in his life. Some could view his lack of authorial intent (or political agenda etc) as impersonal or even amateur, but I think it just makes the songs more universal and emotionally accessible.