Jack Johnson

March 17, 2008 at 2:04 am 2 comments

My husband and I like to consider ourselves the original Jack Johnson fans. DH watched his surf videos before he ever had an album. We went to see him in little SoCal clubs before many people knew who he was (now he fills stadiums and graces the cover of Rolling Stone).  We even got to talk to him on the phone once (sigh).

And, each album, we become bigger fans as Jack continues to address issues important to us (and sing groovy love songs to his wife, too).  He has sung about media and consumerism in wonderfully insightful ways on previous albums, and on his latest, Sleep Through the Static, a much quieter album than the rest, he takes on war, global warming, and our country’s perilously proud, hypocritical position in world politics at present.

Check out Jack, if you don’t already love him (how could you not? oh, don’t tell me if you don’t!).  And, here are the melancholy but lovely lyrics to track one of the new album, a track I keep listening to over and over (track 2 is about the war, also amazing…):

All at once
The world can overwhelm me
Theres almost nothing you could tell me
That could ease my mind

Which way will you run
When it’s always all around you?
And the feeling lost and found you again
A feeling that we have no control

Around a sun some say
Is gonna be the new hell some say
It’s still too early to tell some say
But it really ain’t no myth at all

We keep asking ourselves
Are we really strong enough?
There’s so many things that we got
Too proud of
Too proud of
Too proud of

I wanna take the preconceived
Out from underneath your feet
We could shake it off and instead we’ll plant some seeds
We’ll watch them as they grow
And with each new beat
From your heart
The roots grow deeper
The branches
Will they reach for what?
Nobody really knows
But underneath it all
There’s this heart all alone

What about when it’s gone?
And it really won’t be so long
Sometimes it feels
Like a heart is no place
To be singing from at all

There’s a world we’ve never seen
There’s still hope between the dreams
The weight of it all could blow away with the breeze
If you’re waiting on the wind
Don’t forget to breathe
‘Cause as the darkness gets deeper
We’ll be sinking as we reach for love
At least something we can hold
But I’ll reach to you from where time just can’t go

What about when it’s gone?
And it really won’t be so long
Sometimes it feels like a heart
Is no place to be singing from at all.

Entry filed under: Inspiring People, Life.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Shawn  |  March 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    So funny … my DH and I were just talking about this last week in regards to Jason on American Idol, who has this same kind of Jack Johnson appeal, I feel. JJ fits a niche that is not currently found in American music — it’s happy, it’s feel-good, it’s got a smile at the end of each song. I love that!

    We saw him perform before Gallactic in New Orleans in 2002, the night we got engaged! Of course, I had never heard of him then.

  • 2. caroline  |  March 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    We first heard Jack Johnson at my older son’s preschool, where the teachers played the Curious George soundtrack; he’s the best thing about that movie, really! I love his music.


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