In early October, so just about a lifetime ago, on a clear Sunday evening, I drove up to the amphitheater in Vancouver and went to my first Jack Johnson concert. It was a really incredible night, front row didn't hurt, and I've never felt so like I was surfing without being cold as shit.
Zee Avi opened - really great - and then G Love was next. About six months ago I got matched online with a guy who was really into G Love, and at the time I'd never heard of him. When this guy e-mailed me, I listened to a couple seconds of G Love and decided it was grounds for ending communication.
G Love was fantastic and I now have Booty Call on a permanent loop during my commute to and from work. Blues Music? Soft and Sweet? Yes, please.
Jack was a dream. Mellow as hell and a little shrimpy guy, too. I should have known -- all the surfer dudes are. I had no IDEA Zack Gill would be there, too cool, although they didn't play my song. Jack did play my two favorites, Constellations and Breakdown. Something about the ukuleles and memories of really great times in Hawaii and all the drives to the coast for surf days listening to his music. A commenter on the YouTube vid for Breakdown wrote, "Whenever I hear that song, I forget all my effing problems and relax." I mean, that's it.
It was an amazing night for me. I've probably thought of it every single day since, just trying to let the mellow vibe and the message of his music stay with me and work little bits of magic.
My latest favorite from both Jack and G Love is Rodeo Clowns (below). I think I could play that song 100 times a day and not get sick of it. I'm also loving this one. That first part? Aw, yeah.