OK, I say that with some degree of confidence, but the truth is I only own one full album of his (Brushfire Fairytales) and I’ve only heard a handful of songs apart from that album. So maybe he does things that are completely unexpected on the rest of his discography. But somehow I doubt it.
Of the various incarnations of the single Jack Johnson song, two stand out in my mind as the best of the bunch.
The first is ‘Upside Down,’ his Curious George theme song. I don’t care if it was written for the opening credits of a movie about a cartoon monkey… that song is damn good. It’s a crime that it wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, probably to make room for some syrupy Celine Dion schlock.
The second is today’s Song of the Day, ‘Flake.’ I don’t listen to Brushfire Fairytales very often, but every time I hear it I am drawn to this song. I’m not sure why because, as I said, it’s essentially the same as every other song on the album. But it works for me.
I particularly like the line “It seems to me that maybe pretty much always means no.” I imagine my daughters would identify very much with that sentiment.