I like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. I own the greatest hits CD, which my daughter currently enjoys listening to, especially "Free Falling" and "Don't come around here no more." I don't blame her, as I enjoy those two songs, as well.
When Tom Petty first released his "Full Moon Fever" album in 1988, I was an impressionable teenager. So when I first heard "Running down a dream," I thought, well that's ok. Then my friend told me how much the song sucked, and how much he didn't care for Tom Petty. So, being the independent teen that I was, I disliked Tom Petty as well. I was my own man!
One day, I was talking to this girl that I knew, a cute, smart, friendly girl who was a little older than me (2 grades) and who I was somewhat smitten with. The topic turned to music, and I casually mentioned how I disliked the new Tom Petty album. The girl explained that she thought it was kind of neat, and especially liked the video for "Running Down a Dream." You know what? The next time I saw "Running Down a Dream" on MTV, I watched it, and I realized that I didn't dislike the song. And if I didn't dislike the song, then perhaps I oughtn't dislike Tom Petty altogether.
Some 12 years after the conversation that helped me make my own decision about liking Tom Petty, I married that girl who told me she liked Tom Petty. It's strange, the things that stay in your memory.