RIP Tom Petty

The first real rock show I attended was in 1995.  It was Tom Petty at the old Spectrum in South Philly.  He was touring his beautiful Wildflowers record.   I realized that night that I wanted to write songs.   I wanted to write, and I wanted to rock.  

I was lucky enough to catch what would be one of his last shows last week at the Hollywood Bowl.  

This one hurts.  RIP Mr. Petty.  Thanks for the songs and the endless inspiration.  

Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium 5/13/17

Last night I had a chance to see Billy Joel at Dodger Stadium.  I started listening to his records when I was 19, in my first apartment in Philly.  Sometimes music hits you at just the right time. 

Billy is a rather polarizing figure among my musician friends.  People love or hate him.  Count me in the 'Love' category. Maybe it's my East Coast roots.  Last night was an inspiring reminder of why I fell in love with his songs.  And what a band!