Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
3 October 2017
Nobody comes close to Tom Petty
The death of rock icon, Tom Petty, hits me hard. Going to bed, the news says Petty is clinging to life, fighting until the end. By morning, news says Petty passes over the night and rock fans weep.
Tom Petty leaves a dynamic legacy and a catalogue of life-affirming music that touches the recesses of my being. His poignant lyrics serve as maxims in my life. Of not “backing down” or of making my heart so big that it could “hold out forever”until walls fall down.
What’s more, Petty knew his brand and never deviated from that. Sadly, I never had the chance to see him live, though my wife and daughter were lucky enough earlier this year. That was one of the very few times I wish I could be tagging along as a third wheel on ladies night.
The uncompromising brand of Tom Petty
Last year, I was both enraptured and inspired watching Runnin’ Down a Dream, a four-hour documentary on the king Heartbreaker available on Netflix. In it, Tom Petty did things I couldn’t imagine doing, though you feel invigorated observing. Telling another rock icon, Stevie Nicks, that she couldn’t join his band, Petty told her that she had her own story to figure out. Or the instance when he stood up for Roger McGuinn of the Byrds in the recording studio. (Petty confronts McGuinn’s producers, saying the music they were pushing him to record was pure shit. Nothing worthy of the folk-rock legend, McGuinn. And he was right.)
“No Tom, you’ve always been king. That never stops. With the news this morning of your passing, rest assured, nobody will ever bump you from that throne, ever.”
As with winning brands, “There never is room for compromise.” That’s what made Tom Petty so adored.
Tom Petty sang that he, “Used to be king… if just for a while.” No Tom, you’ve always been king. That never stops. With the news this morning of your passing, rest assured, nobody will ever bump you from that throne, ever.
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