Tom Petty's songs have been what's on the radio for the entirety of my life. His career blossomed at just about the same time that I first could turn on a radio on to discover his voice there. It's remained there ever since. His songs are like elements on the periodic table of sound. They're each absolutely perfect in their own way and they've been burned into my brain after a lifetime of the heaviest commercial radio rotation imaginable. He was just about the coolest motherfucker in rock and roll. If you need proof, just look up at the cover to Damn the Torpedoes.
I saw him at the Worcester Centrum in 1989 or 90 at a time when I'd made a hard left turn into Phish, but he reminded me that it's better still to just write great fucking songs. He played a mile or so away from me at the Hollywood Bowl for three nights last week, but I missed it due to parental stupor. God bless you Tom Petty, and thank you for teaching me that just about everything you need's all there in three or four chords.
Time is Now
Coby Brown is a composer, songwriter and recording artist based in Los Angeles.
Recently, Coby completed the score for “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (dir. Matt Brown), a biopic of the Indian mathematical genius S. K. Ramanujan, starring Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel. He also recently wrote the music for several episodes of the PBS SoCal documentary series “Angeleno” (dir. Peter Jones) as well as the score for Guns For Hire (dir. Katherine Brooks), an independent feature starring Jeffery Dean Morgan and Ben Mendelsohn.
He produced his latest full length record, French Exit, along with Will Golden (Meiko, Gomez). The album features a stellar band including guitarist David Immergluck (Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven) and new addition drummer Michael Jerome (Richard Thompson, John Cale).
His songs have appeared in films including "Nothing But the Truth", “The River Why” and “Answers to Nothing", and songs from his record French Exit (2013) are featured on Showtime's Shameless and can be heard on the Counting Crows' 2012 covers album, Underwater Sunshine.
He's working on a new record in Los Angeles.