Lives in the balance a highlight

browneWell … something fine at last night’s Jackson Browne concert?  Absolutely – even though (slight sob) he didn’t do that particular song.  He made up for it by doing an even-older song: These Days.  (not the Powderfinger song – think 35 years earlier!)

With a set list including material from most phases of his career, a superb backing band including two young backup singers who added a soulful edge to many songs and a really appreciative crowd open air at Brisbane’s Riverstage … it was a really wonderful night … with my birthday the next day (today!)

On his 1980 (ish) album “Hold Out”, Browne wrote: That Girl can Sing. On last night’s evidence, that guy can too, and even better – continues to write incisive songs, both elegant and provocative.  A highlight?  An updated version of his mid-80s classic: Lives in the Balance, with the band in acoustic mode and an extra verse thrown in, with some interesting Biblical overtones in there too from 2 Chronicles 7:14 –

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Not that blatant, but really added to the song.  Jackson Browne is all over Australia these next few weeks (including many regional centres).  Great night.

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1 Response to “Lives in the balance a highlight”


  1. 1 Mick March 31, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Good response to the concert. I really enjoyed hearing the extra verse to Lives In The Balance – one of my favourite political songs. I agree fully with your previous blog about his political turn in the 80s. After all, on “Alive In The World” he states “I wanna live in the world, not inside my head” – and by writing songs with a political element he’s taking his place as a citizen of the world.


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