Hi! And welcome to the latest addition to my Desert Island Picks.
In case you missed my little advertisement, I’ve decided to award ten–yes, only ten—top albums of my life.
And when I say ‘album’, I mean the entire album, friends. The whole record. Not some compilation or mix tape. I put in the CD, crank up the volume on quality speakers, and let the artist’s creation come to life.
You know. How it was intended.
All right. Now that we’ve cleared that up, let us continue!
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#8: The Last DJ by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (2002)
It’s still hard to accept that Tom Petty is gone. What a loss.
His voice–which itself sounds like a finely-tuned guitar–was a welcomed friend in our house as kids.
To me, Tom Petty represents everything that is right about Rock n’ Roll: dedicated musicianship paired with meaningful lyrics and kick-ass chord changes. Balls-out with purpose, if you will.
And The Last DJ captures that feeling exactly.
Each song is a carefully-crafted stab at selling out. And he does it in a way that is nothing short of beautiful. (And The Beatles’ influence is in full force on this one. It makes me giddy.)
Please listen to this, friends. It’s absolutely brilliant.
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Favorite Track: “Like a Diamond” (But it’s so hard to pick just one!)
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Stay tuned for Snap’s #7!
SnapDragon is an educator, writer, artist, and homemaker. She enjoys singing while her husband plays guitar.