Monday, October 2, 2017

Tom Petty is Somewhere in Heaven

Tom Petty's music touched every facet of my life. From discovering rock n' roll and through my formative years, to college and becoming an adult, meeting Julie, moving to CA and the birth of my kids. Petty was always there. Even more than Springsteen, Petty was always there. I can name any Petty song and pinpoint the moment in my life when it first transformed me.

This summer, I finally read Warren Zanes' warts and all biography of Tom Petty. It's fantastic, and Petty, who was interviewed and gave his blessing to the book, is brutally honest about the harrowing details of his life. This was a man who endured and persevered. He was far from perfect, but he did hia best. 

If you have an opportunity, pick it up. It's the perfect companion to Peter Bogdanovich's epic documentary, "Runnin Down a Dream."

I may not have loved the most recent Heartbreakers albums, but that was okay. The Mudcrutch records contained the ramshackle looseness that I loved about so much of his music. That's what being a Petty fan is about: You love most of the art, but aren't afraid to voice your opinion because, let's face it, Petty was pretty opinionated himself.

Today has been a shock. With Vegas and now Petty, I'm a little numb. I just came home from Tucson where I spent the weekend with my parents. I feel blessed because I can still call them tonight and tell them I love them. 

It's strange: When I heard the news about Petty, I didn't rush to listen to his tunes. That's what we do when an artist dies, right? We spend hours digging through their catalogue, paying honor to them. Well, that was pretty much every week for me, so turning on "The Waiting" or "No Second Thoughts" or "It'll All Work Out" or "Dogs on the Run" or "Crawling Back to You" or "Mary Jane's Last Dance" or "Keeping Me Alive" or "Room at the Top" or "Free Fallin" is no different today than it was a couple of days ago. 

Except that it is. 

Tom Petty is somewhere in heaven right now, singing harmony with Howie Epstein, trading licks with George Harrison, and being reunited with his beloved mother, Kitty.

"Over mountains I floated away 
Across an ocean I dreamed her name 
I followed an angel down through the gates 
I can only thank God it was not too late"

RIP Mr. Petty



Monday, September 25, 2017

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 12, 2017 at 08:18PM


Getting in one more Dodger game before this girl goes off to college. I told her I would pay an exuberant price for tickets if L.A. plays the Indians in the World Series.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017 at 04:21PM


"Raise a glass to freedom."

June 30, 2017 at 03:14PM


Steve and the start of a great wrekend.

June 30, 2017 at 09:40AM


The view from the hotel room. That's Canada across the water.

June 30, 2017 at 08:41AM


Finally out of the airport. Exciting, huh?

June 30, 2017 at 08:31AM


I swear Dictionary.com is using the Trump presidency to spotlight words that relate to him.

June 30, 2017 at 07:51AM


Made it to Detroit. Now, how to kill five hours before the hotel will let me check in and my baseball buddy arrives in town.

June 30, 2017 at 03:26AM


In case you were wondering (and I'm sure you were), this weekend's hat selection is the classic block 'C', navy blue with the red bill (description for my friends who are color blind).

June 30, 2017 at 03:20AM


On my way to Detroit Rock City for some Indians baseball. First stop, Ft. Lauderdale. Someone needs to explain this route to me. Fly from LA to FLA, and then to Michigan? Uh, okay, sure, that makes sense. #rallytogether

Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 06, 2017 at 01:41PM


Free Comic Book Day 2017. A time honored tradition in the Malchus household.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017 at 07:53AM


Next week is the CF Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Reception. Notice that receiving the OUTSTANDING CF ADVOCATE award for the entire Los Angeles chapter is Sophie. Her mom, brother and I couldn't be more proud of her. Way to go, Sophie! We love you.

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 at 08:27AM


Last night I saw Martin Scorsese's new motion picture, SILENCE. It's a profound and deeply moving story about one man's struggle with his faith and the power of forgiveness. The cast, led by Andrew Garfield, features Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Yosuke Kubozuka, Shinya Tsukamoto, Issey Ogata and Liam Neeson. Every performance is exceptional and the film is a technical wonder. This may be Scorsese's most restrained movie in his storied career; it is also his most personal. Do not shy away from it because it's rated R. I've seen more violence and senseless death in the Marvel super hero adventures. Likewise, the 2 hour 41 min running time doesn't feel like a slog. The plot and pacing are perfect.

January 27, 2017 at 08:02AM


Hey there! Last week I began a new column at Popdose.com called The Weekend Matinee. I'll be writing about movies and the memorable events around the films I've seen in my lifetime (not all of them great). If you were a fan of Basement Songs (the column or book), then I think you'll enjoy my new endeavor. The first movie I wrote about is GONE WITH THE WIND. I hope you'll check it out. Just follow the link. Thanks! http://ift.tt/2kB29kg

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 16, 2017 at 09:20AM


"When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 05, 2017 at 06:21AM


Happy Birthday to this girl. 18 TODAY! I'm at a loss for describing how proud I am of Sophie, how inspired I am by Sophie, how much I admire Sophie, and how much I love Sophie. Watching her grow into an adult has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I can't wait to see what she does next. I know she's going to hate that I posted this pic, but I can't help it. It's one of my favorites. The night Sophie was born, Bryan Adams was on the radio. The song was "(Everything I Do) I Do it for You", which may be a cheesy power ballad, but it holds a dear place in my heart. I'll be listening to it today, thinking of my baby girl, marveling at how far she's come, and the places she'll go. Happy Birthday, Sophie!!