8/10/17: Jackson Browne “The Pretender” 

The quintessential California singer/songwriter is and always has been Jackson Browne. He’s sold millions upon millions of records, and he makes the kind of music that means something. Always good lyrics paired with beautiful melodies, and if you’ve ever seen him in concert, you know he puts on a great show.

Browne has always used his notoriety to promote social causes, too! He’s a real environmentalist, and extremely progressive politically. He’s known almost as much for his activism as for his music. He participated in the “No Nukes” concert in 1979, isn’t afraid to publicly speak out against high-level government officials (including the President!) and has been arrested at protests more than once. He’s railed against United State involvement in Central American, been involved with Farm Aid, Amnesty International, and various other worthy causes championed by fellow musician-activists like Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, and James Taylor.

Jackson Browne is a man who’s tried to leave the world a better place than he found it, whether that’s through his music or by direct action and protest. He’s still performing, too! I had the good fortune to see him when he came through DPAC a couple years ago. I was hearing one of my favorite Jackson Browne compositions when I first opened my eyes this morning. Not one of his livelier tunes, not “Running on Empty” or “Doctor My Eyes.” Not the timeless pair of songs meant to be played back-to-back, “The Load Out” and “Stay” – even if those are my favorite. This morning it was something more personal and introspective.

I must have listened to “The Pretender” a thousand times in my younger days if I listened to it once. It’s the kind of song you listen to when you’re not exactly feeling on top of the world, with lines like “Caught between the longing for love and the struggle for the legal tender.” It’s a real song, a meaningful song. That sums it up for a lot of us, doesn’t it? I mean, we’ve all been there at one time or another… searching for meaning, for love and light, but also needing to pay the bills, to stay sheltered and fed.

Put your dark sunglasses on, and stroll out into the cool evening with me and Jackson Browne. I’m sure we can find something to talk about.


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