I think about this caption from John Mayer’s instagram a lot. A tribute to Tom Petty’s writing that embodies the way that I wish I wrote about writing.
“Tom Petty’s California is my favorite California.”
It's so straight forward and also so packed with every emotion that John has ever felt while listening to Petty’s words.
This post is obviously also paired with the knowledge that Petty had passed away right before this time. Without it sounding too much like an obituary, I’ll try to explain what JM’s writing makes me feel.
John has always been brutally honest with me. He has picked me apart and shown me pieces of myself that I knew were there, but I was too arrogant to bring into the light. His music is the reason I have become my biggest critic. And the reason I plead with myself to finally listen to that criticism.
JM lets me know that my dreams will always be as big as I’ve dreamt they'll be. I can rest assured knowing that I will always be scared and overwhelmed and intimidated by the things I’ll go out to do.
I’m not under a Big Sky when I hear it, and I’m not looking over the L.A. city lights. I’m screaming out into the void. I am sending my truth out into the abyss from a stage, and I’m having the time of my life. I’m spinning around and taking in the fact I’m just one person in an empty space.
Thank you for taking me there, John.