Song of the Day #1,394: ‘F-stop Blues’ – Jack Johnson

This song is perfectly lovely… the sort of thing you want to listen to while swaying in a hammock on a breezy summer day.

All of Jack Johnson’s music is like that (or at least, all of the Jack Johnson music that I’ve heard). But despite my acknowledging just how sweetly mellow this stuff is, I can’t bring myself to listen to it. With one exception (the theme song to Curious George), I just can’t make it through a Jack Johnson song.

I say this fully aware that I like music by artists who have a similar vibe (at least some of the time). When this track initially popped up in my headphones, I thought it was a John Mayer tune, and I love a lot of John Mayer tunes just as mellow as this one.

So I won’t try to explain the Jack Johnson block logically, and neither will I apologize for it. It is what it is. So please enjoy this perfectly lovely song. I’ll be moving on.

Hermit crabs and cowry shells
Crush beneath his feet as he comes towards you
He’s waving at you

Lift him up to see what you can see
He begins his focusing
He’s aiming at you

And now he has cutaways from memories
And close-ups of anything that
He has seen or even dreamed
And now he’s finished focusing

He’s imagining lightning
Striking sea sickness
Away from here

Look who’s laughing now that you’ve wasted
How many years and you’ve barely even tasted
Anything remotely close to
Everything you’ve boasted about
Look who’s crying now

Driftwood floats, after years of erosion
Incoming tide touches roots to expose them,
Quicksand steals my shoe,
Clouds bring the f-stop blues

Look who’s laughing now that you’ve wasted
How many years and you’ve barely even tasted
Anything remotely close to
Everything you’ve boasted about
Look who’s crying now

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,394: ‘F-stop Blues’ – Jack Johnson

  1. Amy says:

    Your random weekend fairy continues to have excellent taste. My love for Johnson and songs like this lovely one is no more easy to explain that your lack of appreciation is. It is what it is. I will say that I find there are few better ways to start or end a commute to and from work, to start or close a work day, then Johnson’s mellow, hopeful tunes. He soothes my raw nerves and centers me. That is more than I expect from music, but his music never fails to have that effect on me.

    So I will take that metaphorical swing in the hammock, as Jack Johnson is able to transport me to that calm summer spot even when I am no where near being able to physically enjoy it. Add in the fact that we were lucky enough to be able to walk the shores of his Hawaiian North Beach childhood, and his tunes now bring back happy memories of that experience – and an appreciation of how one’s environment can shape the artist one becomes.

    So go ahead and move on. I’m spinning a few more Johnson tunes before the day kicks in! 🙂

  2. Dana says:

    Just as I don’t understand how you could find James Taylor boring, I don’t get your lack of appreciation for Jack Johnson. Admittedly, today’s song is sleepy even by Johnson’s standards, but you seriously can’t get through any of his songs other than the one from Curious George? Try giving another listen to this one, “Bubble Toes:”:

    I mean, seriously, how does a song like this not just put a smile on your face? And if you made it to the end of the song, you would hear Jack speaking directly to you when he says,: “If you would only listen, you might just realize what you’re missing, you’re missing me.” Indeed!

  3. pegclifton says:

    Now that I’m back from my march to the Morrissey song, I’ll take a little rest on the hammock with this little ditty.

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