Radio 79, side A, track 4: “Learning To Fly” by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Learning To FlyOh, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, songs like this make me kick myself that I stopped recording off the radio at the end of 1990.  I don’t know how I didn’t remember that this came out in ’91, it’s one of those songs that just feels like it’s been around my entire life instead of just a part of it.  But, yeah, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, recording music off of BOB has definitely reminded me that had I not worried so much about a social life or making out with a girl or all those other things teenagers do, this song would have ended up on Radio 79 a few decades sooner.  And it’s not like I would have had to do non-stop radio taping either, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.  I could have just done it like once a week or even once a month (which is basically what I do these days) and maybe it would have been something interesting about me that I could hold on to throughout the years.  Maybe it would have even kept me out of some trouble during my college years and beyond.  You can’t get up to a lot of no good if you’re glued to the radio making sure you’re catching any new song you can get your cassette tape on.  Just think of all the little hidden gems that I would have captured.  Plus, once I went to college, I had access to more than one radio station.  I could have experimented with things other than underage drinking.  I could have recorded college stations and maybe even pulled in some stations from the Cities!  Just think of it, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers!

Ironically(?), all of this didn’t happen because I was learning to fly, as it were.  But there will always be a part of me that wonders what a world with more radio cassette tapes would look like. . .

lyrics to “Learning To Fly”

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