I’m Jeremy Boyd, a musician and music geek. I ran Polyphonic Press as a YouTube channel for ten years. Now, it lives on as a music commentary blog.
I first got into music at the age of seven. I met my best friend Jon and we immediately bonded over our mutual love of cars. He had already been hip to Tom Petty’s music, so I had some catching up to do. As we got to know each other the question inevitably came up “Do you like Tom Petty?” my response was “Yeah, I think my Dad has a couple of his CD’s.” That day after school, I went to our CD collection in the family living room and pulled out the two Tom Petty CD’s that my parents had purchased through the mail-order CD club Columbia House.
The two albums were Into The Great Wide Open and Wildflowers. I liked them both, especially Into The Great Wide Open. When I finished listening to them, my dad said “If you like those, you’ll probably like Damn The Torpedoes.” So he went into the basement and dug out his old cassette collection from his teenage and early adult years. Among the tapes were New Wave classics like The Boomtown Rats, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, and The B-52’s. And of course Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
When the first drum hit of the first song on the album hit I knew my life was different. The first song was Refugee and I knew it didn’t sound like anything else I had heard before. Even my seven-year-old ears knew it was a sonic masterpiece. It’s still my favourite album of all time. It always has been, and always will be.
That was the jumping off point. From there, I discovered much more music and I knew somehow my life was going to be involved in it somehow.