Radiation Day 8 – Tom Petty sparks San Francisco nostalgia

Your daily beam room music rundown:

  1. “Fire and Rain,” James Taylor
  2. “Black Water,” The Doobie Brothers
  3. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” Tom Petty

#3 reminded me of the time I played bass guitar in a band, and we had a show at the Red Devil Lounge in San Francisco. Just a few days before the show we had decided that the last song we’d play would be a cover of Petty’s “American Girl,” but I feel like we didn’t put as much practice into learning it as we probably should have.

It was a fun show (probably our largest, in terms of attendance), but I am certain I missed at least 20% of the notes in (a very simplified version of) that baseline for that song that night. “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” is a great song, but “American Girl” absolutely kills.

Alright, I’m off to listen to some more Tom Petty…

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