"Jackson Browne saved my life."

 

I was playing recently at an outdoor venue, and an older gentleman stood nearby and listened intently. When I stopped for a short break, he walked up to me. “You sound a lot like Jackson Browne”, he said. I’d never heard that comparison before, and being a big fan of Jackson Browne, I took it as a huge compliment. “Jackson Browne saved my life”, he went on. As a lover of stories, I knew this would be a good one. So I asked him to explain.

 

He shared that as a younger man, he suffered from severe depression. His life had become so unbearable that he had decided to commit suicide. “My mind was made up”, he said, “the only question was just how to do it.” During this time, he heard the song “Doctor My Eyes” by Browne. “Something in the song touched my heart. It gave me hope, something to hold onto; a reason to go on living.”

 

I started playing again, and he stood with tears in his eyes as I fumbled my way through a Jackson Browne cover. He smiled and thanked me, then made his way down the street alone.

 

Wow. Will I ever write a song that will save someone’s life? Maybe not, but hopefully I’ve made someone smile, tap their feet, or forget about their worries for awhile. And maybe that’s enough.

 

Billy

 

 

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  • Doug Crouch
    Doug Crouch
    'Great listening to you last night at SG. I love Jackson Browne's music. My favorite lines: …that magic feeling never seems to last, while the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it seems, it would be easier some times to change the past. I've been playing the guitar since 1969. and I've always wanted to write. But I have no muse. I couldn't write a line like that if someone pit a gun to my head and said "write". You're lucky you have one. Pray she never leaves you. I enjoyed your songs, and your playing. I'll try to make it to 104 one of those dates, but may be out of town. DC

    'Great listening to you last night at SG. I love Jackson Browne's music. My favorite lines: …that magic feeling never seems to last, while the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it seems, it would be easier some times to change the past. I've been playing the guitar since 1969. and I've always wanted to write. But I have no muse. I couldn't write a line like that if someone pit a gun to my head and said "write". You're lucky you have one. Pray she never leaves you. I enjoyed your songs, and your playing. I'll try to make it to 104 one of those dates, but may be out of town. DC

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