Tom Petty's Smile by Carlene Carter

It was November in Nashville; the sky was grey the streets were wet, and I was in a hurry to get where I was going! And like always, I had the radio on, not quite at my usual blasting volume, but I could hear it in case something whispered... Turn me up!

Back in September I had turned 21, already with two husbands under my belt, two amazing kids to inspire the fire in me to get on with “it.” It was, that night, I was driving into “town” to “Writer’s Night” at the Exit In. All week I had prayed for a chance to play a new song I had written, so I was excited and running on the promise of that chance. As I pulled into the parking lot off Elliston Place, I heard a sound from my stereo that struck me like lightning! I knew I was running late, but I had a feeling I needed to listen on...

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