1972 ALL OVER AGAIN…We tried to remember the last actual live rock and roll concert we had attended. Advancing age aside, it was a strain. I guess it’s either just being lazy or too comfortable watching each other watching TV. Or the cost of a stinkin’ ticket. We love music. Even more since we have time to pay attention to something other than 8 to 5 work and kids. Now that I’m self employed I have a real “in” with the boss and can get time off almost any time I want it, if I ask nicely. Case in point, Jackson Browne. The guy’s still doing the do. He’s over 65 now, some rockers are older but not many work as hard as he does. Still touring and just released another album.
Now I’ve been a fan since I heard “Ready or Not”, his early 70’s song about his hot girlfriend getting in the family way. A situation every young healthy guy in the early 70’s thought about regularly. Many stirring and beautiful songs later found his music one of the most frequently played on the random setting of my MP3 player. I have most of his stuff and still enjoy it. The child bride is even beginning to recognize his music and asks,”isn’t that that guy you like?”
Well, the chance for us to see JB in person came around this winter. He was coming to Wrinkle Land’s suburbs to escape the frigid world north of Tampa and the child bride said she would go along. Now, Jackson Browne is a great singer/songwriter BUT, he has other “issues” he feels are very important. Plastic in the ocean, uber liberal politics and other feel good, can’t we all just get along causes. I like his music so all the other things get a pass. My MP3 would be rather sparse if musician politics was a criteria for entry.
I’m not a music critic so I’ll simply say it was breathtaking. Three hours of excellent musicality blending six musicians and two back up vocalists into what could be a master’s class in bringing an appreciative audience into a frenzied standing ovation. Wow! If you ever get the chance, go.
Along with almost all (he left out the pregnant song and one of my favorites, “The Load Out”) the easily recognized hits, Browne introduced some of his latest album’s tunes and encored with his version of the song he wrote and was made popular by the Eagles, “Take It Easy”. Our favorite of the new ones is featured below…