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    Hoodoo Man

    Mojo outtake Help Me

    Here you go. Enjoy! Help Me.mp3
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    Just thought you all might like to check this out! I'm a big fan of Dan Baird and was super stoked to hear that him and Stan recorded an album together! Follow the link for more info and a few samples... https://danbairdmusic.com/home
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    My Traveling Wilbury Guitar

    This is the TW500 model. This and the TW600 were top of the Wilbury line, the only difference was the 600 had a tremolo arm. George Harrison used a TW500 in the video for "Handle With Care" The Wilbury line of guitars were commissioned by George Harrison by calling Fred Gretsch III, I met Fred in Kansas City and we talked about it and then took pictures and he even signed a Gretsch Silver Falcon for my brother. Fred did a day long event with presentations and films about Gretsch guitars and even introduced a limited edition all white model made only for this store he was appearing at called "The Funky Monkey". Only 30 of the limited edition were made for that store only. He explained to me that George called him and explained what he wanted for his new band, so he made the guitars for him. He said to hang on to them because there weren't many made. Models were the TW100, TW200, TW300, TW400, TW500 & TW600. The cheapest TW100's were on sale for $79.99 at Montgomery Wards or even Sears. I ran into a guy from the Carolina's that found pallets of them in the basement of a warehouse he just bought. The guitars were brand new still sealed in cases of 6. So I had to buy the case of 6 for $1200. Glad I did now! Here are a few pix of the 1 I kept after selling the other 5.
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    Covers of Tom Petty songs

    Steve Ferrone & Friends bring a jazz lounge type flavor to Joe & Angel Dream 😀
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    New RIC ordered

    Ordered a new Fireglo Rickenbacker 350V63 Liverpool 6 string guitar this morning from Sweetwater. I hope it doesn't take years for RIC to make it and ship it. They are available for pre order in Fireglo & Jetglo. Here's mine.........
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    I'm going to wait for the interest level to go up before I make a withdrawal. The above won't play in the United State of America. Let's see if this works and if it's the same footage as above. ciao https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05hyt6z
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    Big Blue Sky

    Bennomnt on IG

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    here you go. Its a 2gb flac folder. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m-QGYE5hrspBeT7xBCkIOkazm4uIND3X/view?usp=sharing
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    I’m arriving a little late to this party, but alas… Boy, this covers vs. originals debate seems pretty intense…tread carefully. I may be stating the the obvious here, but I think the reason TPATH played so many covers is because they LOVED playing covers. They LOVED all those songs. Tom and the band were faithful, lifelong students & historians of Rock and Roll. They knew it deeper, wider, over, under, sideways, down. Shelter mentioned DNA, and playing covers was simply a part of their DNA. It started early. They didn’t just play covers in 1977, but also in 2017 – in fact, they played covers throughout their entire 40 years of touring. TPATH played covers more than most, if not all of their contemporaries. Why? They were fans. Do you remember the music that blew your mind when you were a teenager (maybe it was TPATH!), experiencing it for the first time? Remember that jolt of freedom, escape, possibility, rebellion, hope, joy, confidence, discovery, revelation that it gave you? The same thing happened to Tom in the 60’s. And he never forgot it. It stayed with him for the rest of his life, probably leading him down further roads, discovering new artists, going deeper, doing backwards, tracing it to the roots of it all. It was a natural progression, a lifeblood, an ongoing love affair. In the same way that I’m a fan of Tom Petty, Tom Petty is/was a fan of the Byrds. I put my pants on the same way he does. The only difference is that Tom can play & perform music at a masterful level and makes gold records, and I can’t. Thus he showed his love of these formative artists by playing covers in concert. If I had any music talent whatsoever and were in a band, I would play a TP song. Makes sense to me. It’s Good To Be King would be nice. On piano, just to you know, mix it up. Let’s look into some backup evidence, shall we? 1. The Live Anthology Here we go. Exhibit A. Tom said something to the effect of this box set being an “accurate representation of the band.” The authentic, real deal document of one of the greatest American Rock and Roll bands ever. Of the 61 songs on this collection, 17 of them are covers. I counted last night. That’s more than 25%, and almost a third. That’s a lot! Then look at Pack Up the Plantation as well, the bands first live release. 16 songs, 5 of which are covers. Again, a third! This is obviously a thing. 2. Residencies During those brief, flat out awesome times when the band played residency shows, they stretched out with…covers! Deep covers, baby! Yep, they played some of their own deep cuts, but the also played an ABUNDANCE of covers. Hardcore TPATH fans almost get the feeling that you are seeing the “true band” or the essence of the Heartbreakes when you get a residency show. After all, this is TPATH with no rules, no pressure, no expectations placed upon them. Finally, free from Free Fallin’. And look at the average residency setlist….. 3. The I Wish They Would Play “Luna” or “Waiting for Tonight” Argument This will come out wrong I’m sure, but you almost get the feeling that Tom preferred a cover over one of his own album deep cuts (not the popular, beloved songs, mind you). Because he could’ve easily played any song from his catalog. Now, would I love to hear Magnolia or Casadega live? Yes. YES!!! Tom was rarely self indulgent with his own material. If a deep cut was played, it would make sense to assume it was a personal favorite of Tom’s. Like perhaps Swingin’ or Crawling Back to You. The only song he “personally picked” on the last tour was Walls. He “requested it, because he liked that song.” Again, if he had it his way, and he did, he chose to stock his setlist with covers. Think about this. Have you ever seen Tom point out a song request sign from the crowd, and then spontaneously play it for that person? I haven’t… 4. Soundcheck I wonder what songs TPATH played at soundcheck, behind the scenes. For fun, for warming up, for whatever. I have this bootleg from a 1995 show, I can’t recall what date or city at the moment. Somehow, there are snippets of the soundcheck included at the beginning. There’s a moment when Tom is trying to remember the chords and lyrics to an old Zombies song. He’s humming and singing the lines, trying to piece it together, and he asks the band, “Hey do you remember this one…” The song was “Leave Me Be”. It’s a deep cut by the Zombies, and it’s an awesome song! My point in all this, is that he was a huge fan of the Zombies. And he was thinking of a rare, obscure song at the moment. I would have to think that only a fan does this… Also think about this. The cool thing for any artist to do is to cover the BIG HIT song by someone else. Because that’s easy, gets the most applause/reaction, and appeals to the largest amount people. For example, if you were a popular country artist today, you might show off to your crown and play Free Fallin.’ And they would love you all the more. The ultra cool thing to do is to play a lesser known cover song…Tom did this all the time. Did he play Time of the Season or She’s Not There by the Zombies? No, they played I Want You Back Again. Because they LOVE that song. 5. Clubhouse jamming I remember watching a behind the scenes thing (I think it was for Mojo), where the band was describing their process of making the album. Basically, when the HB get together and plug in at the Clubhouse after time away, they just start out by playing old blues songs. For hours. One band member might throw a song out, “Hey let’s try this one..” or “Do you remember this song by…” Yeah!! Again, because they loved these songs. They were imprinted and ingrained, back in the recesses of their mind somewhere. These songs, just like their own, tied the Heartbreakers together. Mutual love. 6. Tribute albums Tribute albums are made when artists honor or celebrate other artists that they love or appreciate. Some are cool, most are just a hodgepodge. How many tribute albums was Tom Petty or TPATH a part of? I’m too lazy to look it up myself, but I’m guessing not a lot. And any that they were involved with, I’m guessing wouldn’t be a shock to us. I know one, and it’s pretty awesome. It’s called The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Tom doesn’t contribute vocals to one song on this album, but THREE. I will add that Tom stayed faithful to Cale's understated vocal delivery. And if you thought 13 days was an obscure Cale song, well check out the 3 that Tom chose for this project. Why? Because he LOVED those songs. It all goes back to the DNA, I suppose.
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    Midnight Special
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    Why Swingin'?

    The most important part of that video is the fact it stars Luke Wilson
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    Personally, I love covers, but that's not the point. Here's a nice empty thread for people to talk about why, in their opinions, cover songs aren't a good idea. And so on. Go for it.
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    Hoodoo Man

    Covers of Tom Petty songs

    my bad. A quick check of Youtube...
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    My RIC 6 string guitars

    Here are my 3 - 6 string RIC's while waiting for my 4th. Which will be my 8th RICKENBACKER! They include 325, 320, 650, and soon to be 350V63 Liverpool.
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    My RIC 12 String Guitars

    These are Hand Autographed Ric 360/12 Mapleglo by Roger McGuinn in Cleveland, Ohio. 360/12V64 George Harrison hand autographed by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the Gorge in Washington State. And the Limited Edition of the Tom Petty Signature Guitar of 1000, which 723 are Fireglo and 277 Jetglo. I bought these new and had them autographed by the artists myself, with a little help from my friends, Chinner and Mike Campbell. I hope you enjoy these 13 pix.
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    3 of my bass guitars

    Here are 3 Beatle Bass guitars. left side is original Hofner Beatle bass made in Germany with Gold logo on headstock. Center Bass is Hofner BB Icon made in China with silver logo. Right side bass is a Korean copy with Musicians Friend logo "Rogue" and with the curly tailpiece was most likely made by Epiphone. That tailpiece is the same as the Epiphone Viola Bass guitar. All 3 pictures have the same guitars in the same order from left to right. The good expensive one is on the left.
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    Mark Felsot made an announcement that The Dirty Knobs will be dropping a new track tonight at 9PM EST on TPR! There is currently a free SiriusXM for a little while longer so if you want to sign up for a free trial you can hear it tonight. No idea if there will be a video or release on itunes/ spotify as yet but last time with Wreckless Abandon it was out in a day or two after appearing on TPR. The force is not strong in me so I can't "tape" from my computer.. no mention of which track will be next or any other details...
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    I was just being funny, like Mike's got solo material ahead of TDK album, his own FMF. I guess it didn't come across : ) cheers
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    What are some of your favorite live TPATH performances? In no particular order... 1) Even the Losers from the '89 bootleg. I like both electric and acoustic versions but this one is just special, perhaps because of the long drawn out pause towards the end, just a stripped back, vulnerable touching version. 2) Two Men Talking Mannheim 2012---An excuse to jam. This and the night before, an excuse to let Ron Blair have the spotlight! 3) Running Down A Dream from '89---the longest version I've heard, with a bit of interesting harmonics (?) from Mike towards the end. If someone has a longer version with the solo extended even further, please share. 4) Psychotic Reaction from Take the Highway---Stan singing, high energy, Mike (or Tom) raking the strings, what is not to enjoy? 5) Kings Highway from '93---Far superior to the original; weak bombast that's not enough to be anthemic nor a good pop-rock song, stripped back to a delicate, tender tune, way more powerful by being slower and gentler. 6) Travelin' Light from Jazz Fest---thanks to Redford for introducing me to this one. 7) Melinda maybe from Live anthology---not sure what version to pick; but a definite live highlight. 8) Too Much Ain't Enough from Red Rocks '02---They really energized this song on that tour but this remains my favorite, for the extra riff thrown in towards the end during the double-time part, feels like the whole band is about to explode on stage. 9) DiamondHead from '95---not sure from where at the moment but Mike throws in a bit of the Breakdown riff and the solo from Smells LIke Teen Spirit. It struck me today that it had been aear since Cobain died, maybe that's why he threw it in. Who knows, but he transofmrs the noisy manic aggresive original into an echoey, spacey lament. Powerful Amazing. 10) Don't Come Around Here No More from Take the Highway---to my knowledge the only version (though really this whole tour) where the band stretches out that ending while Tom egnages in his showbiz schtick with the ex-presidents. While that may or may not get old to watch and I've never been impressed with the peae sign, pretty lame, as a symbol it looks like a bird's talon ro something, musically the really go the sitance. On top of it, the whole song prior to it intoro and all make this something special.
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    The only unreleased stuff on this was the double screen with fans we DON"T want to see. PISS POOR!! WTH put this crap out??
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    September 19!!! Wreckless Abandon

    Mike didn’t sound very optimistic about any of the 2020 tour dates going ahead!
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    This drove me nuts. Tom was emoting his heart out on Woman in Love, while the left half of the split screen featured a bunch of goofball kids grinning and jumping around with their dad. I appreciate Fans.com’s attempt to simulate a live experience, but last night won’t convince me to watch another of their livestreams. It was a good show; I loved hearing the HE tracks.
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    Where's Tomfest

    I'm ok, thanks for asking. It just seems that I don't have much in common with folks here anymore. Rather than get spun up about opinions I disagree strongly with, I'm choosing not to read them.
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    I don't know how many years passed till I learned So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star wasn't a TPATH original. First time I heard it was on PUTP and I thought it was one of theirs. If Tom didn't announce Psychotic Reaction as a cover I probably thought it was one of theirs I hadn't heard before too. cheers
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    A great and interesting listen right here, and a good cause in there too. (And finally I got to hear his take on Love Will Tear Us Apart! Man.. how.. Cohen:esque is that.. wonderful.)
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    Nice, thanks for posting this!
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    Neverending Guitar List

    this will most likely be my next buy. RIC 350/6V63 in Fireglo.
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    Tom Petty And Me

    Very interesting viewing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-qwOn0utJk
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    Hear hear. Your thread, your rules (within forum guidelines, of course). There is such a thing as thread dumping or thread crapping (call it what you want) where people see a topic that the thread starter actually likes and then say how much they personally dislike it. A far better idea is to start a second thread & call it something similar to: Oh, how we dislike *this topic*. Then everyone's as happy as they're ever gonna get. It's not as though TPATH were some buskers playing for coins or some drunk & disorganised band who were taking requests from that night's crowd. There are bands out there like that who - I'm sure - have a fascinatingly diverse gig history. Nor were they on-stage to do improv chats each night. I've never played in front of giant crowds (has anyone here because they might have some insights to share?) but I can totally understand it would be a situation full of adrenaline and there would be advantages in knowing in advance how it's going to run. I remember reading an interview where TP said after talking to a racing driver (one of George Harrison's friends) he too began using visualision techniques. So he'd thoroughly visualise the show during the afternoon - once he'd run it through in detail he could feel the pressure lift - it meant he could perform in a lighter mood. Now, I have done that myself (public speaking) & it's an excellent idea. As an aside, they sure did show their musical versatility when playing on the Bob Dylan tours. Beyond that, I could die happy never to read / hear some of these phrases again. In other words, hear the feedback - you're boring us senseless and we are die-hard TPATH music fans ourselves. Heck, I've bored people myself in real life, so yeah, we've all been there with people's constructive criticism. There are topics I'm asked never to mention in real life - because my friend just isn't interested in that & she will stand up and walk away if I do. Our friendship is still strong.
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    Happy Birthday WildflowerNJ

    A little late, but....HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETH!
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    How many of you actually saw Tom live on the last tour? Do you realize how much time and energy went into the light display, the video back drop and choreography between these things? its not the same as 1978 or even 1987 when the band came on and there was a jumbtron display and blinking lights. It was never the sheer spectacle of say Pink Floyd and the pig going over the crowd with laser lights creating hologram images but with what Tom wanted for the fans simply did not allow for more than a couple of songs to be substituted out and even that was planned for as "Swingin" typically came out on night two. The set list gripes are so ummm petty. I'm all for debate here and there but we are really (quite sadly) talking about History and you can not change the past. If he chose to do Oh well its most likely because the band OWNED that song and could play it as well if not better than Peter Green. I'm far more interested in hearing about obscure covers Tom did for a Carl Perkins CD than the merits of him doing a song vs only ever releasing original material. I'm pretty sure Springsteen and Dylan do the occasional cover live... Its also a safe guess the band really liked and enjoyed the music they cared to share with fans. Ugh.
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    one of the official videos with Jake doing leaning to fly.
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    these lyrics may need a rewrite... not sure I want to go on a plane..
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    https://issuu.com/futurepublishing/docs/gpm694.issuu This is a link to the edition of Guitar Player magazine where this article ^^^ appeared. Enjoy!
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    Hoodoo Man

    Traveling Wilbury Podcast

    There is a new podcast dedicated to The Traveling Wilbury's. I have not listened to it yet but thought you folks may want to know... https://www.facebook.com/WilburysPodcast/ https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/handle-with-care-episode-01/id1510895714?i=1000473113258&fbclid=IwAR2KK8hpXrdWtQRbDAFU96tHySIuVR_tZ-QYsiFuodvdLEowvOYuVIqSzng
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    Mojo outtake Help Me

    You could have just as easily sent a message to Marion, who is the greatest here after our founder Ryan!!!!!!!!! Thanks to both of them.
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    Why Swingin'?

    This just hit the spot today:
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    I've messaged off and on with Jeff Slate who put on the Petty Birthday thing in LA last year. The show was pro-sho and this is the first pomo release. Not sure if they will do a DVD, stream it or just release the show for free but it is absolutely worth checking out. Last I messaged they were still working on permission to do something so its good to see there has been progress. I was really hoping to see this again this year but that seems very unlikely given whats happening at the moment and foreseeable future. A lot of these musicians were phenomenal entertainers.
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    You should watch Randy's 300th win if you haven't already seen it. It was crazy...something like a 2- or 3-hour rain delay, so only a handful of fans were there. I'm also enjoying watching the A's 1970s World Series games. Anyway, my daughter and two grandsons are still here. I have been reduced to having the boys wear my vast collection of TPATH T-shirts for their (and my) amusement. In our town, everyone goes outside at 8:00 and howls at the moon. Weird, but fun. On a more serious note, we are thankfully able to continue serving lunch to the needy every Thursday. They tried to shut us down, but we fought back and won. :)
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    My Hofner Bass

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    Tom and God

    Did Tom Petty believe in God? Well, that’s a complicated one. Not unlike any of us - as our views, understanding, or relationship with God tends to be. While it’s basically impossible to make a judgement (pun intended) on anyone’s faith, I don’t think Tom suffered fools. I don’t think he had a high tolerance for inauthenticity or hypocrisy...and yet we’re all hypocrites at the end of the day, to varying degrees. Simply because none of us live out our highest ideals, values and beliefs fully 100% of the time, do we? So I tend to give more grace to people when it comes to this area of hypocrisy. But that’s not really the point here. I will say that I enjoy finding God in places where you normally wouldn’t expect Him to be or think He’d show up… I’ll examine this question in 3 parts: Tom’s upbringing, Tom’s friends, and lastly, Tom’s lyrics. And you might find it interesting, pointless or total rubbish. That’s OK. Part 1: Upbringing First and foremost, Tom was a southerner. I think knowing this is important to understanding where Tom was coming from with God, and whatever beliefs he may or may not’ve had. One could assume that any foundational understanding or perceptions of God will be filtered through the lens of the South. And the south, when it comes to religion, is a somewhat jacked up. It is a twisted, mysterious, perplexing, paradoxical, fascinating, and mystifying geography when it comes to God, the flesh and the Spirit. It’s one weird place. If you want to see a bizarre and beautiful documentary about this, check out Jim White’s film, “Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus.” It’s filled with strange southern characters, dimly lit honky tonk bars, pool halls, and backwoods Pentecostal churches. Watch it, you might be enthralled. The music is awesome, and I find it hard to believe that places like this actually exist on the map. I think Tom saw glimpses of this world in Florida… It’s the classic duality of the south. You repent on Sunday morning for your sins on Saturday night. I read that his parents taught Sunday School at their little church in Gainesville. I can’t imagine Tom showing much interest in going, and perhaps being forced (dragged?) to go at an early age. During the Heartbreakers 1987 Rock and Roll Caravan Tour, Tom went to Jerusalem. Upon touring the city with Roger McQuinn, and after seeing the wailing wall with a tour guide, he states, “Ten years of Sunday school, and this guys tells me more in 5 minutes.” The guide says that “Music is holy,” to which McQuinn agrees. I tend to agree as well. I think Tom has mentioned somewhere that he sees the band as a holy thing(?). 10 years of Sunday School was it for Tom, then around age around age 11, his main religion becomes the Church of Elvis Presley. His infamous encounter in 1961 with the King is widely known and well documented. From here, rock and roll devotion would take over. And we’re all lucky for this as a result. When then the 60’s happened, and the subsequent experimentation with music, drugs, freedom, rebellion, girls, etc. I imagine Tom probably put God on the shelf for a while during this period. Even going as far into the 70’s and early 80’s well, as he was experiencing his first waves of fame and success. His job, lifestyle and trajectory doesn’t fit nicely into the pews of a small southern congregational church. Also safe to say that living in L.A. and being wrapped in the music industry probably didn’t encourage any type of faith, belief, or expression about God. It would be more of the opposite that would be celebrated and/or accepted. Indeed, the Heartbreakers of the 70’s and 80’s were a wild bunch… Part 2: Friends But then, Tom sure had some popular friends, and who knows what ways they spoke into his life? Or what types of conversations they had in private, as friends. 1. George Harrison One of Tom’s closest friends, and fellow Wilbury bandmate. George, the quiet Beatle, was deeply spiritual, as we all know. In the 1960’s, he was introduced to yogis, meditation, and Hinduism, and remained wholly committed for the rest of his life, embracing the Hare Krishna tradition. It’s interesting to note that when Tom passed, there was a small family memorial service held at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, near L.A. The temple and meditation garden was the same place for the funeral of George Harrison, who died in 2001. I wonder if Tom had a specific wish for this, or if the family chose it… 2. Bob Dylan Another fellow Wilbury. Just try to untangle the faith and spirituality of Bob Dylan, I dare you. A mystery wrapped in an enigma, Dylan caused quite the stir when he released three explicitly evangelical Christian albums between the years 1979-1981. Benmont played on the final album of the “trilogy”, 1981’s Shot of Love. Who knows where Bob stood in these matters afterwards, and when he was in a band with Tom? Yet, in every interview I’ve ever read or watched, Bob’s never afraid to address or speak his mind on God. 3. Rick Rubin A hippie-mystic-guru-meditation-music lover type of guy. All over the map in some ways, but appears to be centered and grounded in others. The decade of American Recordings he did with Cash is some of the best music ever created, IMHO. Having a discussion once about communion, Rubin informed Cash that he had never taken communion before. Surprised, Cash invited and insisted they partake together. Which they did, nearly every day, even over the phone if it wasn’t possible to do it in person. 4. Johnny Cash Cash was a great man of faith (and a walking contradiction, as Kristofferson says). Cash was friends with saints (Billy Graham) and sinners (the rest of us). To be in his presence was to be in awe, and slightly afraid. An artist recognized for his authenticity, and his marriage to June was something to behold. Cash and Tom became close friends in the 1990’s, during the making of Unchained. Tom speaks highly of this time, the recording of this album, and his love for Johnny and June. I have to believe that each of these people had an influence on Tom - his faith outlook, his beliefs, his spirituality - during different points & turns of his life. Close friends tend to do that. In 1996, I read a speech he gave to a crowd of students at UCLA, upon receiving the "George and Ira Gershwin Award For Lifetime Musical Achievement." (you can find it in the summer 1996 TPATH Fan Club Newsletter). This was in the midst of recording with Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins: “At the end of the session he (Carl) took me aside and he said, 'You know, I really like you, Tom.' "And I said, 'Well, what are you getting at, Carl?' "And Carl said, 'I don't know. I just feel that tonight with us playing here that there was a lot of God in the room.' And I looked at him and he said, 'You know, I don't know Tom, if you believe in heaven but it's really nice thinking even if you don't.' "And I said, 'Well, Carl, I just hope that I get there.' "And it really touched me what he said -- he said, 'I really believe all us boys that kinda knocked around on those guitars and drums and things and went through life and were pretty good people and just tried to play a little music and stayed out of people's way -- maybe had an occasional joint -- we may have raised a little too much hell at times, but still found the time to help people whenever we could. I believe that one day we're gonna all sit around somewhere and play music like we did tonight.' And he said, 'When you get there, Tom, I'm gonna give you the best guitar God's got.' “And that really touched me. I want to tell you all that whatever your concept of God is, I believe that He writes the songs and it's just sent down through me, you know, and other songwriters. I feel like a receiver -- and tonight I'm really grateful to receive this award.” He sounds completely sincere and abundantly grateful for the gifts and life that God has given him. “God writes the songs.” Which brings us to… Part 3: Lyrics Let’s look at a few instances where any concepts of God popped up in his lyrics. These are just a few that come to mind, for the sake of this musing. 1. “Oh baby, don't it feel like heaven right now” and “You take it on faith, you take it the heart, the waiting is the hardest part.” (1981) A stretch? Sure… 2a. “I was born a rebel, down in Dixie on a Sunday Morning.” (1985) 2b. Southern Accents, the song (1985) There's a dream I keep having, where my momma comes to me And kneels down over by the window, and says a prayer for me Got my own way of praying, but every one's begun With a southern accent, where I come from Maybe the most intimate and personal Tom has been, lyrically. He didn’t really start to address or even hint at God in his songs until around the time of Southern Accents (the album). He had grown up a bit, and lost his mother a few years earlier. This had an effect on him, and now he was ready to get reflective in his writing. The song becomes a beautiful southern prayer of sorts. This was also a time when Tom was using cocaine, staying up all night, addicted to cigarettes and Coca Cola, had self-admitted anger issues, as well as relationship/marital problems. A time when TPATH goes out on the road with the largest Confederate flag ever sewn together as a backdrop to their stage show. Complete with the Rebelettes, a group of female back up singers. Again, the twisted duality of the Southern thing. The wrestling with the flesh and the spirit. Having it both ways. (For a deep dive on the duality of the south, listen to “Southern Rock Opera” by the Drive By Truckers. I have to think this was a more complete and realized “Southern Accents”) 3. “Gypsies at home watching Jerry Falwell on TV Might mean somethin' to you, it ain't nothin' to me” (1985) The mid-1980’s were a rough time for televangelists, to put it mildly. 4. “You can stand me up at the gates of hell, but I won’t back down.” (1989) Impossible not to include! 5. With “I can only thank God it was not too late”, a line he repeats multiple times. Ah, the lovely Angel Dream (1996). And it sounds sincere, like he’s finally found salvation in the form of love. 6. “They love it (rock and roll) like you love Jesus, It does the same thing to their souls” (2002) Well, we know that Tom understood the devotion part of it. He knows both have the potential to save your soul. And yet, still I get the feeling that Tom would rather worship at the altar of Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chet Atkins, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis (cousin of Jimmy Swaggart!!) and James Brown. And….what do all of these artists have in common? Many, if not all, grew up in the Southern Pentecostal Church. Just food for thought. You can’t ever really get away from it, once it’s in your system. Bruce Springsteen frequently mentions that he is still carrying and grappling with his upbringing in the Catholic Church, not able to shake growing up in the shadow of St. Rose of Lima Church in Freehold, NJ. I personally think it makes for a more compelling artistry, and I appreciate folks who don’t shy away from it. I’m thinking of artists like Cash, U2, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens/Yusef, Lenny Kravitz, Lauryn Hill, Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Marvin Gaye, where I find strong undertones of God, faith and spirituality in their music. There’s probably a hundred more we could mention. Sometimes this is the best church… Then there’s latter day Petty. 7. Playing Dumb, a bonus track from Hypnotic Eye (2014). A scathing indictment about the recent (and appalling) scandals that have have rocked the Catholic Church. “I’m still throwin' up some of that food my mind was fed Well let's light a candle for every kid For every soul that was done away with For every confession that wasn't on the level For every man of God that lives with hidden devils.” Ouch. Say like it is… 8. Finally, I forgive It All (2016) A hymn of sorts. Fact or fiction? Who is his niece Lauren? Was this song directed to people or events from his past, someone like Jane? Was he relieving himself of any burdens or bitterness he was carrying that comes from unforgiveness? Speculation, yes, but you never know. Random Thoughts - I’ve believe I’ve seen Tom wear a cross around his neck in photos through the years. Also, during the 2016 Mudcrutch tour, I remember seeing a photo of Tom wearing a black vest, with a huge cross stitching on the back of the vest. Not saying anything specific, just mentioning it. It might just mean that he’s not afraid to wear/display a cross. - At the end of many concerts, particularly near the end of his career, Tom’s final words from the stage were often, “Thank you, God bless you.” Yes, a lot of artists say this, but you can mean it too. I tend to think that Tom got more grateful with each passing year for the incredible gift and life he was given with his band. Again, “Let me be clear” (in best Obama voice), I’m not making any conclusions whatsoever. Just observations. Do I think TP knew or believed in God? Don’t know. It’s too personal. Maybe even Dana Petty and Mike Campbell don’t know where Tom stood with these things. Tom’s relationship with God was complex, contradictory, nuanced and ongoing. Like each of ours is. Which brings me back to Part 1. If I were to poetically sum it up, I would use this line from Rebels: “I was born a rebel, down in Dixie on a Sunday Morning.” Thanks for reading!
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    Random Thoughts Thread

    4/12/20 Thought for today.
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    my phone seems to hate me and I haven't had time to fight it yet to get pics off my phone and onto the computer. I did share one song by Hattie to FB so here you go. Cool story is Chris Stills the co-lead shared this on his personal page. The band was TIGHT and she kind of kills it.... 😎
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    We got two men talkin' right outside my door. Yeah. We got two men talkin' right outside my door. Said they made my boy a soldier. Sent him off to war. Well, are youse gonna stand? No, I can't say for sure. No, I can't. Well, I got one wheel turning. One that's off the tracks. Well, I got one wheel turning. One that's off the tracks. I can put all I own inside a paper sack. Well when the hard times come, you're gonna see who's got your back. Sure will. Yeah, I lost that good woman. Lord, she left me twice. Yeah, I lost that good woman. Lord, she left me twice. Well, I shoulda tried much harder. Tried to treat her nice. I used to be someone that I don't recognise. Ain't that true. Well, we got two men talkin'. Talking by the rule. Well, we got two men talkin'. Talking by the rule. Well, they put me down. And it hurt more than it showed. I heard one man laugh. Said "Brother, we tread a heavy load." That's right. ... Is my guess. Hope this helps you!
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