Every once in a while you come across a song which is truly extraordinary in that it captures a genuine emotion. Listening to it also brings you back to other times in your life when the song meant something different. Yet, you marvel at how the change in meanings never dilutes the song’s authenticity of emotion.
“Something Fine” is such a song and it makes me smile every time I hear it because it became the soothing voice in the Soundtrack of my Life ever since the first time I heard it at Camp Na-Sho-Pa (Bloomingburg, NY) in 1975 when one of my “cool” counselors turned me on to Jackson’s 1st album, “Saturate Before Using.” I literally hear the song in my mind every time after I am blessed to experience something really cool like a great night with a woman, a fun dinner with close friends, a gorgeous afternoon playing golf, etc.
But this morning when I became aware of this video clip while reading the Bob Lefsetz “Letter” (which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND as a source for cutting-edge information about music, life and business that will always get you thinking), “Something Fine” made me smile, look back on my Life and appreciate all of my good fortune. Yes, unfortunate things have been mixed in along the way (“That’s Life” as the song says) and I am presently in a medical life-threatening situation but watching Jackson Browne sing “Something Fine” with such passion at approx. 63 years of age when he wrote and first performed the song in his early 20s is incredibly inspiring because it still has the same profound effect on me. You see, Jackson’s performance reveals the authenticity of his talents and that creates a Legacy to which I aspire with everything I do in my Life. Authenticity is never my goal, nor was it, I suspect, with Jackson Browne; it is simply the byproduct of hard work and a passion to succeed at what you set out to do.
Accordingly, I guess listening to, and watching, this version of “Something Fine” made me feel as if I am on the right path after all these years. That’s always a good thing to know.