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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.

Something fine … hoping so!

jackson_browne_07000472Tonight … with my birthday tomorrow, Dale and I will celebrate it tonight at a Jackson Browne concert. This (gloat I know) will be my third chance to see the guy in concert – the first almost 20 years ago.

Many will say that Browne sacrificed his career mid-80s by tilting his repertoire toward sings that were far more political or environmental in nature.

I’d like to think it did the opposite – ensuring a continued appreciation and respect across the music world for songs that blend both the introspective & reflective with the profoundly political. The political stuff has always been there – think mid-70s “Before the deluge”

There’s little doubt that Jackson Browne has had a profound affect on my own songwriting . I don’t copy his style or even much of his content (wish I did sometimes!) but I hope I can in some way emulate his passion, and the beauty or potency of his lyric.

I’m looking forward to “Something fine” tonight … don’t expect to be disappointed!


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