I recently read that Jackson Browne released a sequel to his popular album Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 from a few years ago. It’s one of my favorite albums of the past few years, and this was coming from someone who had no idea who Jackson Browne really was when I first heard it. If you haven’t heard that album, it’s worth the $8.99 on Amazon mp3, so just buy it. His sequel album, aptly titled Solo Acoustic Vol. 2, was released a few weeks ago, and I will need to download it. However, considering what little I knew about Mr. Browne was derived from this album, I decided it would be a good idea to learn a little more about him from Wikipedia. While reading about his fantastic song called The Pretender (lyrics), I noticed a link at the bottom to a YouTube video of him singing it live. It was great.
And then I saw it, right there in the YouTube sidebar. It was a live concert performance of his song Load-Out/Stay from 1978. You don’t understand. Ever since I heard it a few years ago, this has been one of my top 3 favorite songs of all time. And I have a LOT of favorite music. You can see him singing it, right there on stage at his piano. And then it dawned on me. Without the Internet, I would never have been able to see this footage. I’ve heard the song a thousand times, but to see him sitting there, 30 years old with his California hippie haircut, singing it? I’ll let it speak for itself. Sometimes we lose sight of the Internet and what it can be. I think this speaks volumes.