Appearing at the eighth annual espnW Women + Sports Summit in California on Monday, Crow revealed her song “If It Makes You Happy” was inspired by the way Petty played.
The nine-time Grammy-winner then treated attendees at the summit to a live performance of her chart-topping 1996 hit.
Crow, 55, also opened up to Cari Champion about redefining her life after being diagnosed with cancer. “After I found out I had breast cancer, it made me redefine and refine my life,” she told Champion in an interview. “I want to encourage everybody to quiet your brain, even if it is just for five minutes a day, so that you are able to tap into the divine and what is for you.”
“As women, we are so good at taking care of everybody that we put ourselves at the bottom,” Crow added. “I learned how to say ‘no.’ I started listening to myself and prioritizing.”
Crow also revealed she does not like to see herself age, because she is still a youthful flame inside: “I don’t like watching myself, and part of it is because I don’t love aging.”
“I still feel super young and as excited and on fire about music and life as I ever have,” Crow continued. “I feel more connected to who I am than I ever have in life. If compassion isn’t the basis of everything you do in your life, then you’re short-changing yourself and others.”
So what advice would Crow give to other women? “Don’t base your life on what you think it is supposed to be,” Crow urged. “Maybe the adventure or challenge is not to tell the story at all. Maybe there is infinite possibility and something bigger than what your brain can picture.”