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.
I revisit this album every few years, and It's just as blissful every time. Will always remind me of touring with Townhall....New places, new faces, fresh music.
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.
I find Billy Joel to be 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!
Here's a little boomerang of the crowd while he sang 'Piano Man.'
Uprising was my intro to Bob Marley, and it started a lifelong love affair with his music. A great album from start to finish, it still give me goosebumps when I hear the beginning of 'Coming in from the Cold.' One of the greatest intros to a song/album ever.