Tonight’s mystery artist song writing was described recently by a peer as having sarcasm, melancholy and humor.  Can you think whose music that describes??

This was a quote given to Rolling Stone when they covered the recent Music Cares awards.  They were talking to Regina Spektor about the winner of the person of the Year, Tom Petty. Here is an excerpt from Rolling Stone:

Regina Spektor sang a vulnerable, hurting "I Forgive It All," a song by Petty's pre-Heartbreakers band Mudcrutch, reunited since 2007. She was joined by Heartbreakers Benmont Tench on organ and Mike Campbell on gentle acoustic guitar, as Spektor performed like someone who knows Petty's music well. She first met the rocker through his daughter, music video director Adria Petty, a close friend and frequent collaborator.

"He is profound and he knows how to distill experience," Spektor told Rolling Stone of Petty's songwriting, as she was entering the hall. "He's got sarcasm and he's got melancholy and he's got humor. All the great writers and composers that I love have it all in it."

The annual MusiCares tribute is one of the big events of Grammy week, honoring a major artist while raising money to aid musicians and their families with urgent health needs.

Here is tonight’s featured song:


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