The Mad Scientists of Garage Band Rock…

I was looking up journal prompts this morning and came across the question, what is your favorite song? The first song that came to my mind was “I should have known it” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers… 

It didn’t pop in my head just because it provoked a certain set of emotions within me, which it does and I have played the song when conquering some difficulties in my life, but because I feel it cemented Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers as one of, if not the best, garage band of all time… 

They are the every band’s band in a way, everything about them seems so attainable… There is no real novelty there, while I love Tom Petty’s voice, it isn’t that 1 in a million voice that can give many bands an edge… Much of the instrumentals can be easily duplicated… nothing about the basic makeup and general skill set is extremely unique…  

I say these things with the best possible intentions… 

That is why so many bands have played so many of their songs, many bands can play these songs well…  

They share the same ingredients as a million other bands… yet they weave masterpiece after masterpiece with those ingredients… They don’t reinvent themselves… They manage to stay within the same sphere, yet are amazingly creative within it… always giving bands that next song they want to add to their repertoire… 

Which this run has spanned decades now… Tom Petty rocked until the day he died… Many would argue and I certainly would, that they were just getting better and better with age… The World truly lost something special when Petty died… 

When I first heard, “I Should Have known It”, I was thinking, this is like as garage band as it gets, I gatta get in front of a microphone and let some vocals fly… haha 

I can just picture an album cover for these guys… cartoon I am thinking… looking like scientists mixing the ingredients for some amazing songs…

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