Daily Distraction: Listen to Tom Petty's gorgeous home recording of 'Wildflowers'

Joel Oliphint
joliphint@columbusalive.com
Tom Petty, as seen in the video for the home recording of "Wildflowers," featuring previously unreleased footage of Petty at his home, shot by Martyn Atkins and directed by Alan Bibby and Jonny Kofoed.

Wildflowers, Tom Petty's brilliant, beautiful 1994 album, is getting the reissue treatment, with promises of unreleased songs, alternate recordings, home demos and more. Not all reissues are created equal, but if this first taste of the expanded album is any indication, it's going to be essential listening for all Petty fans (for those who aren't fans — what's wrong with you?).

Yesterday, Petty's label released a home demo version of the album's title track. The acoustic guitars sparkle, and Petty's singing flows effortlessly and naturally, as if he's in a meditative state. It's all paired with a video that features previously unseen footage of Petty wandering outdoors at his home (along with some animated embellishments). The footage was shot by Martyn Atkins during the recording of Wildflowers and directed by Alan Bibby and Jonny Kofoe.

Petty died in 2017 at age 66, and this song feels like both tribute and coda wrapped in a blanket of warm nostalgia. It's three minutes you may not have realized you needed until you do.

Wildflowers & All The Rest — which was put together by Tom’s daughters, Adria and Annakim Petty; his wife, Dana Petty; and his Heartbreakers bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench — comes out Oct. 16. Check out the video for "Wildflowers (Home Recording)" below (and thanks to Shane Sweeney for pointing us to it).