I first heard Brushfire Fairytales in 2003 when my girls were just wee ones. and jack was just a surfer who had made his first record. today i still love to start my day with these three songs, here, here, and here. they hold absolutely no significance to me personally, i just like the way they make me feel and i love hearing my children running around the house going le,de,de, de,da,da,da-dah,da-da, la da, da da da, da-hah, da-dah.
i didn’t like “to the sea” at first but now i realize how close those songs are to my beloved Brushfire Fairytales and now everyone knows who jack johnson is. i used to feel that his songs were the background to my life. now they are the background to a lot of people’s lives.
but to me he will always be the surfer singing songs about love and the goodness of this earth and if a lot of other people get to enjoy that too well then all the better. to me i’m just happy he picked up a guitar and opened his mouth and decided to share his thoughts with the rest of the world.
and for carrying this reminder in my head all day:
move like a jellyfish, rhythm is nothing, you go with the flow, you don’t stop