Since it's the week of Thanksgiving, filled with special family time and nightmarish visits from relatives, I've been reflecting on the things that I'm thankful for. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, for instance.
I know this seems like an odd thing to mention right off the bat, but has any one of your family members given you a really cool Thanksgiving gift this year, like Tom did? I didn't think so. I'm sitting here looking at my copy of the deluxe edition version of The Live Anthology - filled with CDs, DVDs, vinyl, Blu-ray....seriously Tom, you shouldn't have.
A feeling of wonder creeps across my mind - wondering if it will be okay for me to sit at Thanksgiving dinner with headphones on, listening to The Live Anthology? Because that's probably the only way that I'll have time to soak in all of the cool stuff inside this set in a timely fashion.
Dear family, I ask for your patience and understanding in this time of musical confusion, and perhaps we can watch 400 Days, the included Petty documentary about the making of Wildflowers after dinner if you're up for it.
It's times like these that really make you appreciate all that you've been given in life - things like all of the wonderfully catchy songs that Tom and his Heartbreakers have shared with us over the years. I could really pick any two Petty songs for this week's Cage Match, but how about these two monster hits?
We got somethin', we both know it, we don't talk too much about it
Ain't no real big secret, all the same, somehow we get around it
Now, there's not a single one of us reading this that hasn't sung this next part in unison with friends - in the car, at a Petty concert...wherever you were, you've done it!
Listen, it don't really matter to me baby
You believe what you want to believe, you see
You don't have to live like a refugee
(Don't have to live like a refugee)
And then you've got the other song in today's Cage Match - a song which has one of the greatest opening riffs known to man.
Refugee or Runnin' Down A Dream - What's your favorite?