From the escalating violence in Iran following the disputed elections there and the resulting protests, to the deadly Metro Crash in Washington, D.C. that killed at least 9 people and injured at least 75 others last night, to the assassination of a major rival to the Taliban leader of Pakistan, to the nuclear missiles that North Korea may aim at Hawaii as soon as the 4th of July (which we wrote about yesterday), the news today is harrowing to say the least.
Today’s jam is brought to you by Hawaiian singer-songwriter, Jack Johnson, best known for his surfer-soft-rock sound. Although much of his music can be relied on for its mellow, happy vibes (“Banana Pancakes” anyone?), his song “Cookie Jar,” from the 2003 album, On and On, takes a more serious tone. In it, he expresses his frustration with and disbelief of the news of the day and the refusal of anyone to accept blame for their own actions. Today this jam just seemed appropriate.
Johnson first achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales, in 2001. Since then he has released five more albums and many EPs. This August, a new film by Emmett Malloy, En Concert, which documents Jack Johnson’s 2008 summer tour across Europe, will be released with a companion album.
Jack Johnson – Cookie Jar: