I've been thinking a lot lately about how much music means to me.
Though I've only been learning to play guitar for a little over two years now, music has been a central thread in my life for as long as I can remember. It weaves through my memories like a movie soundtrack, some bands and songs defining certain periods of my life while others have been a constant presence and a reliable source of solace and inspiration through the years.
Tom Petty was a presence like that for me and always will be. While my heart goes out to his family and his friends for their personal loss and I mourn the public loss of his creative force in this world, I also find myself experiencing gratitude and appreciation for the legacy of music he left behind and it's profound influence on me.
I've been listening to all of our Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers albums over the last few weeks in our new music room (click here to read my post about that room on The Cabbage Blog) and I find myself continually in a state of awe over these songs, on their own merits but also because of the meaning and memories they provoke for me.
It is difficult for me to pick a favorite Tom Petty song because there are just so many great ones but when pressed I usually say its a beautiful ballad called “You Can Still Change Your Mind” from the album “Hard Promises”.
Here are some of the lyrics:
Everybody wants all the world can give 'em
Everybody wants to get all they can get
Everybody's waiting on somethin' that hasn't come yet
And you can hide it for a little while honey
You can try and just lose it for awhile
Then it's gonna do somethin' to ya somewhere down inside
But you can still change your mind
You can change your feelings
You can still change your mind
In my view, this song speaks to an emotional maturity that we should all strive for. I interpret it to be saying that we don't have to let life's disappointments get the best of us. That even when we are hurt, angry, lost or grieving, we still have the power to choose our thoughts, to focus our minds on hope, love and creativity rather than fear, blame or destruction. And by doing that we “can change our feelings” and change the energy we bring into our lives and the lives of others.
It's so much easier said than done but when I'm struggling with it I often listen to or just think of this song. It has gotten me through many dark days. So thank you Tom Petty.
Speaking of songs, I've been working on writing some of my own over the last few months. I even shared a video of myself performing one of them for a post on my I Believe In Art Blog. Click here to see it and read the story behind it.
I also have a new social media link to add to my list this time, A new Instagram account that I created specifically for my music related posts (and a place to follow all my favorite bands, musicians and music enthusiasts in one feed). Here's the updated list:
I Believe In Art on Instagram
My New VLHLovesMusic Instagram
The Cabbage Blog On Facebook
I Believe In Art On Facebook
My YouTube Channel
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Till next time, I wish you peace, love and creativity,