Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The 11 Best Songs By Jack Johnson

Every day on Memorial Day, every one I know says something like..."make sure you thank a soldier today."  And though there's nothing wrong with that, and we should do it, but why do we have to wait until Memorial Day to appreciate our soldiers?  Look, I know war sucks.  No one wants to ever go to war.  And no one ever should.  But sometimes...we have no choice...or I'd like to think that was the case.  The soldiers do have a choice.  Our military is purely voluntary.  Those who choose to unlist, do so with selfless gains.  They make a sacrifice that the rest of us don't have the ability to do.  Many of them do not believe in the causes we are fighting for.  But believe, if they don't go, then no one else will.  What do they get in return?  One day.  A parade.  A bunch of people posting things on Facebook.  I get that on my birthday and I've never fought for anything.  Okay, maybe not the parade part.  We need to do more for our soldiers 365 days a year.  Better care, better pensions, better support...not just from the government...but from us.  Yesterday was Memorial Day...but I'd like everyone to thank a soldier today because it's just a Tuesday.

Here are the 11 Best Songs By Jack Johnson:

1.  Symbol in My Driveway (On & On)
2.  Banana Pancakes (In Between Dreams)
3.  Never Know (In Between Dreams)
4.  Flake (Brushfire Fairytales)
5.  Cookie Jar (On & On)
6.  Go On (Sleep Through The Static)
7.  The News (Brushfire Fairytales)
8.  Imagine (John Lennon Tribute Album)
9.  Taylor (On & On)
10.  Better Together (In Between Dreams)
11.  If I Had Eyes (Sleep Through The Static)

Buy The new Jack Johnson "To The Sea"......now!


Pix said...

banana pancakes is easily my #1 but hard to argue with the list you served up!

echo said...

i think you are a little confused, but don't take that the wrong way, you live in one of the most dysfunctional societies on the planet, and its goal is to obfuscate its true nature.

as far as thanking soldiers, it's a complicated matter, and we could maybe talk more if you are so inclined, but i will briefly give you my opinion on this for now.

it is a system that manipulates and lies and uses people's poverty to make them sell themselves into a situation no sensible person would want to be in. the purpose of the military is not to protect you, that's only what they want you to think, that's what they want the poor fools they manipulate into joining to think so they can pretend it's something more than a desperate move to escape a crushing and debilitating trap that has been intentionally placed. its purpose is to protect the wealth of those who have it, and don't think they won't use it against you if you try to threaten that wealth.


i love the thrust of this blog; i often find a song that is so far above everything else, but am not familiar with the band. i have been quite frustrated trying to randomly find other good music by them. so, on that count, two suggestions (if you've done them already, i haven't gone through your whole blog yet, just direct me), Band of Horses (Our Swords) and Q Lazzarus (Goodbye Horses)

ok, i see you've done Band of Horses, but i don't think Q Lazzarus.

Brett said...

I understand you always do 11, but for those of you looking for more than that, I would suggest:

Middle Man (Brushfire Fairytales)
Staple It Together (In Between Dreams)
Bubble Toes (Brushfire Fairytales)
Hope (Sleep Through The Static)
Monsoon (Sleep Through The Static)
Mudfootball (Brushfire Fairytales)
The Horizon Has Been Defeated (On and On)

Also, you should check out his Sublime cover of Badfish / Boss D.J.

Brian@bothsidesofthecoin said...

Constellations with Eddie Vedder from his new-ish live concert album is great.

From to the sea, Only the Ocean is a standout, so is My little Girl.


Anonymous said...

I really love jack Johnson. I saw him at roo in 07 and it was one of the happiest shows ive been to. Sometimes I think hes underrated because a lot of his songs sound the same, but he really is a great lyricist. Great post keep up the hard work. Check these out IStillGotMyGuitar.