Consumption is designed to consume for those who need a moment of brevity in this wild, wild world – featuring artists like Greta Van Fleet • Muse • Caamp • Tom Petty • Birdy • Foy Vance • The Avett Brothers • Dave Matthews Band
“Free Fallin’” is my favorite Tom Petty song. I know that makes me sound basic, since it was his biggest hit, and the rest of his catalog is so wide and deep. But “Free Fallin'” really does it for me. In the wake of Petty’s death, I found the multitrack stems and listened to them closely. Later on, while singing the song to my daughter, I realized why I think it’s so cool: its ruthless, fearless minimalism.
Even when you don’t know what it is, your path, your purpose, your dream, you can feel it when you are getting close, you feel light, you feel good like anything is possible. That’s hope, hope for a better day than yesterday and a better day tomorrow, and when it is better you can learn to trust that feeling. It feels good to feel good. You get faith in that feeling and faith in yourself.
Oh god – where to start with this one. It’s been a shitty week in America – a shitty week in many places on the planet. Aside from the insanity of the Las Vegas mass shooting, Tom Petty died. The minute I heard, I knew what this week’s track would be.