My Vicky Life


Posts tagged with "Jackson Browne"

"Take my hand and lead me
to the hole in your garden wall,
and pull me through.”

Jan 5

"It’s starting to be cold out for people who live like me."

Jackson Browne - I’m the Cat

Today is National Cat Day.

30 day music challenge

Day 19: A song that makes you think about life.

Depends what kind of mood I’m in. When I’m in a “life isn’t so bad” mood, it’s Cherry Bomb by John Mellencamp. When I’m in a “life is pretty much nothing but bullshit” mood, it’s The Late Show by Jackson Browne. Today, in spite of everything, I’m fairly content, so I’m going with the former.

30 day music challenge

Day 8: A song about drugs or alcohol.

Oh, The Needle and the Damage Done by Neil Young, but there are many others, like Drugs or Me by Jimmy Eat World, Heroin by The Velvet Underground, Cocaine by Eric Clapton, Cocaine by Jackson Browne, Mother’s Little Helper by The Rolling Stones, Hold Me Down by The Gin Blossoms, Rehab by Amy Winehouse, Trip Like I Do by The Crystal Method (I like the Filter version better), and oh yeah, We’re Smokin’ the Herb Again from the EP When Incubus Attacks. There are also a lot of songs that are arguably about drugs, but there are differing opinions, like White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane, Eight Miles High by The Byrds, Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by The Beatles, and Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan. (I may be wrong, but I’d always heard they used to pass around the LSD-laced sugar cubes in a tambourine.) Steely Dan’s Kid Charlemagne is supposed to be about famed LSD supplier Owlsley Stanley, and Arlo Guthrie hopes to dodge the authorities in Coming Into Los Angeles. Less serious fare includes I Drink Alone and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by George Thorogood, Smoke Two Joints by Sublime, Twigs and Seeds by Jesse Winchester, Shanty by Jonathan Edwards, One Toke Over the Line by Brewer & Shipley, The No No Song by Ringo Starr, and for all you Parrotheads out there, there’s Margaritaville, and the ever popular Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw? by Jimmy Buffett.

Sep 6

30 day music challenge

Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title.

Black Dog by Led Zeppelin, but there are tons of others. First, I think I should get bonus points for the ones by bands that have colors in their names too, like Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues, Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye by The Black Crowes, and Little Black Submarines by The Black Keys. And maybe also Sky Blue and Black by Jackson Browne - does that count? Here’s more:

Hmmm. Incubus, who hardly ever covers anyone, has covered TWO of these songs (Paint it Black and Black Hole Sun). Is it great minds thinking alike? :-)

Still can’t get over how two songs can be so completely different, yet exactly the same. You be the judge:

Maroon 5 featuring Rozzi Crane - Come Away to the Water (by Glen Hansard, from the Hunger Games soundtrack):

Jackson Browne - Too Many Angels:

Jackson Browne - Too Many Angels

I just posted Maroon 5’s version (for the Hunger Games soundtrack) of Glen Hansard’s Come Away to the Water and it suddenly occurred to me that I can so totally imagine Jackson Browne singing it. Listen to Too Many Angels and tell me if I’m wrong.

Dec 7


When My Time Comes- Live at Occupy Wall Street with Jackson Browne

Dec 5

This magazine scan of Brandon Boyd’s "Songs That Changed My Life" has been making the rounds among Incubus fans lately, and has probably gotten us all thinking about the songs that have changed our lives. I’d be interested in what songs, other than Incubus songs, have changed the lives of Incubus fans.

For me, I’d have to reach back to a time before most of you reading this were born, and choose a song that really spoke to me when I was in high school: The Late Show by Jackson Browne. I can’t say it actually changed my life, but it made me realize that adulthood was going to be tough. Most people aren’t happy, and aren’t honest about it with themselves or with anyone else.

I’ve made comparisons before between Brandon Boyd and Jackson Browne. The two artists are, of course, very different, but they both write about how frustrating the world and the people in it can be. Somehow, though, they usually manage to offer a glimmer of hope:

"…Maybe people only ask you how you’re doing
'cause that's easier than letting on how little they could care
But when you know that you’ve got a real friend somewhere
Suddenly all the others are so much easier to bear.”

But the best part of The Late Show is at the end. I imagine that young (and not so young) girls today still fantasize about getting away from all the bullshit and just driving off into the sunset with a dark handsome stranger (probably not the smartest idea in real life, but we can dream, can’t we?)

"Look -
It’s like you’re standing in the window of a house nobody lives in,
and I’m sitting in a car across the way.
Let’s just say…
It’s an early model Chevrolet.
Let’s just say…
It’s a warm and windy day.
You go and pack your sorrow
The trash man comes tomorrow.
Leave it at the curb, and we’ll just roll away.”

Brandon Boyd and Jackson Browne - you be the judge

It seems I have a theme going here - comparing Incubus and Brandon Boyd to some of the music I used to listen to before I got old, divorced, and angry.  Earlier this week I posted something about Incubus and Yes (and a few people added notes, but due to a tumblr bug I can’t see any of them - frustrating!)  Anyway, just now I re-blogged Brandon Boyd’s nothing-short-of-perfect cover of Alison, and couldn’t help but be reminded of all of the SWAGs (Singer/songwriters With Acoustic Guitar) from the 70s I used to love.  Chief among them was Jackson Browne.  Here’s one of his best songs, Too Many Angels.  Tell me you don’t hear at least some similarity.

P.S. In case anyone’s interested, here’s a video of Jackson Browne performing this song, but I wanted you to hear it first before seeing it.