Most will probably say ‘Free Falling’. Others, maybe ‘The Waiting’. Or ‘Refugee’. And then there’s ‘Into The Great Wide Open’.
Tom Petty’s library was a pretty hefty one, so fans will lovingly debate over the next few days which tune is their respective favorite. For me? A rather unheralded song from a soundtrack to a film I’m going to wager most haven’t seen.
‘She’s The One’ was a pretty obscure indie flick, released in 1996, that featured Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Aniston. One of the big selling points for the movie was that it was Tom Petty’s first and (from what I’m aware, anyway) ONLY soundtrack album. In reality, the entire album was made up of outtakes from Petty’s wonderful 1994 album, ‘Wildflowers’. And the highlight track was a gem called ‘Walls’.
The song both opened and closed the movie, and its lyrics – about breaking down the ‘walls’ we all put up in order to achieve love and contentment – are hopeful and beautiful. The sound of the song was unique enough that Petty actually recorded three different versions of it, and the late Glen Campbell did a cover of it a few years back as well.
For me, it’s an inspiring piece and one that just makes you feel good….period.
Enjoy, as we remember Tom Petty today… ~ Jason