My wife and I were playing cards, drinking wine and listening to Pandora the other night and it seemed that, no matter what band names or styles of music we put in, after a certain amount of time we’d hear a Tom Petty song. It never seemed out of place either, he fits easily into nearly any playlist.
It occurred to me that if a musical playlist is like a blood transfusion, and of course it is, then Tom Petty is the universal donor. He can donate music to any playlist without ever causing a massive activation of the immune system thereby leading to shock, kidney failure, circulatory collapse and death.
So next time you’re making your next office party playlist and no one has anything in common remember the musical universal donor and you’ll be just fine.