JACKSON BROWNE New Sealed 2020 UNRELEASED LIVE 1982 CONCERT 2 CD SET. Jackson Browne's 1977 album, Running on Empty, was a bigger success than any of its predecessors, peaking at number three and launching the hit singles 'Running On Empty', and 'The Load Out/Stay'.
Jackson Browne's classic song 'These Days' is a beautiful, world-weary reflection perfectly suited to a man of Browne's age, 63.
Of course, Browne penned the tune at age 16, foreshadowing a songwriting prowess that would produce a truckload of hits, both for himself and others.
Browne will play Mountain Park in Holyoke on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
In case you haven't been paying attention to popular music for the past 50 years, here is a rundown of Browne's career: After being signed to Asylum Records, Browne's career took off, producing such hits as 'The Pretender,' 'Running On Empty', 'Lawyers in Love,' 'Doctor My Eyes,' 'Take It Easy', 'Boulevard,' 'Somebody's Baby,' and, of course, 'These Days.' He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2007.
Browne, who comes to Holyoke's Mountain Park on Wednesday, took time from his tour to answer a few questions and cover a few topics.
On his approach to writing and how its changed over the years: 'I used to write more, but life intercedes and you end up doing a lot of stuff that's extraneous to your writing. I get an idea and work on it. I sometimes write a song over a long period of time. I wish I could say its catching lightning in a bottle, but that would suggest that it happens fast. Sometimes it happens fast, but usually I cross-examine myself and make sure I got in it what I wanted. I tear it apart and that takes a while. Basically, I'm not in a hurry and I want to make sure everything I write is worthy of being added to the body of my work.'
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On his longevity: 'I really didn't think I'd still be doing this. I didn't know what I would be doing after 30, so each time I'd looked at the shelf date, it was kind of a marvel (laughs). But what it turns out to be is that I still love playing. I didn't think about it before, but some of my favorite artists were older guys, like Mississippi John Hurt or Doc Watson. There isn't a reason why you shouldn't be able to play your whole life.'
On writing 'These Days' at such a precocious age: 'It should be said that when people are young, they may not have gone through as much life, but they have sometimes gone though as much heartache and trauma. I can't tell you what mine might have been (laughs) but young people have very deep emotional stuff going on.'
On a possible new album: 'I've got about half an album recorded, but we'll see as we go along.'
On getting older: 'That's what happens when all goes well.' (Laughs.)
|'Running on Empty'|
|Single by Jackson Browne|
|from the album Running on Empty|
|B-side||'Nothing But Time'|
|Recorded||August 27, 1977|
Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland
4:49 (7' version)
|Jackson Browne singles chronology|
'Running on Empty' is a song written and performed by American singer-songwriter Jackson Browne. It is the title track to his 1977 live album of the same name, recorded at a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, on August 27, 1977. A number 11 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 when it was released as a single, it spent seventeen weeks on the chart after debuting on February 11, 1978 at position 72.Rolling Stone ranked it at number 496 on its list of 'The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time' and it is one of Browne's signature songs. 'Running on Empty' was most popular in Canada, where it spent two weeks at number four.
Browne wrote the song while driving to the studio each day to make The Pretender, according to Rolling Stone magazine: 'I was always driving around with no gas in the car,' Browne is quoted. 'I just never bothered to fill up the tank because — how far was it anyway? Just a few blocks.'
The song starts off with an immediate, propulsive backbeat, with the melody carried by piano and throughout laced by David Lindley's distinctive lap steel guitar work. Browne receives vocal back up from Rosemary Butler and Doug Haywood.
Rolling Stone writer Paul Nelson saw 'Running on Empty' as embodying a 'tenacious, win/lose duality' and being 'what daydreamers have nightmares about'.
With its number 11 peak on the Hot 100 in Spring 1978, 'Running on Empty' was Browne's third-biggest hit single in his career (trailing only 'Doctor My Eyes' and 'Somebody's Baby'), and subsequently became his most-played song on classic rock radio formats.
This song appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, featured in the scene where Forrest was running across the United States.
Deivamagal serial climax. In August 2008, Browne sued presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, the Ohio Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee for unauthorized use of 'Running on Empty' in a television commercial mocking presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama's energy policy. The case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum in July 2009, with the McCain campaign, the Ohio Republican Party, and the Republican National Committee issuing a joint apology for using the song. Browne said, 'I'm really happy that we got this statement from them. It's great to have it affirmed that these [copyright and usage] laws stand. I've had an idea of how my songs are protected and how money is collected and how making a living as a musician works for my whole career, and it's great to have it affirmed and to know that we're absolutely right in standing up to them.'
Rick Price and Jack Jones covered the song on their album California Dreaming (2017).
Ugly Americans front man Bob Schneider recorded a slower, more acoustic-oriented version of the song for the 2014 Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne album.