Tom Petty was one of my favorite musicians. I loved almost every song he released during his long career. I owned several of his albums, spanning from the late 1970s to the early 1990s.
I heard “Learning to Fly” in the car this morning and was overcome with bittersweet nostalgia that stayed with me all day. 1991 (the year this song was released) was a year that had a lot of personal meaning to me, and this was one of my favorite Tom Petty songs. It’s absolutely surreal to me that 1991 was 27 years ago. It’s sad and a little scary how much faster time passes by as we age.
Tom Petty’s premature death in October 2017 was a great shock. Music like his will never be made again. But he finally got his wings and learned to fly.