“Can’t freeze this” haiku:

Feb. 1 birthdays: Don Everly (1937), Rick James (1948), Mike Campbell (1954), Exene Cervenka (1956), Lisa Marie Presley (1968)

Don Everly, half
Of a national treasure
Vocal dream, come true

Hammer stole his riff
But James freakin’ outfunked all
MC? Can’t touch Rick

Rick Campbell breaks hearts
With killer writing, guitars
Tom Petty’s main man

LA punk power
“Desperate, get used to it”
Exene marked the spot

Only Elvis child
Soft heart for good causes, used
Fame to help others

February 1st
A hot start for this cold month
Music to warm us

10-20-50 birthday haiku for TP

Such a skinny guy
To cut such a wide, wide path
Through the world of rock

On a movie set
He met Elvis one fine day
It’s good to be king

On a TV set
Saw the Beatles rock U.S.
Knew what he wanted

Unlike so many
Tom Petty made it come true
Running down a dream

He’s had lots of help
Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell
Always have been there

Fought record labels
Hey, he was born a rebel
And he won’t back down

Once he made his mark
Dylan, Harrison, others
Gladly worked with him

60 million sold
That’s a lot of hearts to break
Wilburys traveled

Classic synthesis
Fusing the Byrds’ chime and twang,
Stone’s rock, Beatles roll

And Heartbreakers are
The great American band
35 years on

What’s your favorite hit?
“Refugee”? “Here Comes My Girl”?
“Even the Losers”?

Maybe “Free Fallling”
“Learning to Fly” or “Down South”
TP, you wreck me

After work I’ll play
‘Em all. Till then, the waiting
Is the hardest part