We first saw Jackson Browne in March of 1974 at the American Shakespeare Theatre, in Stratford, Connecticut. Linda Ronstadt was the opening act that evening. Each artist sang with such range and depth. It was a captivating evening of music from two close friends.
Jackson Browne had two recordings in his repertoire then, Jackson Browne (1972) and For Everyman (1973). I can still recall sitting in the balcony of the Shakespeare Theatre, being moved by the craftmanship of Jackson Browne with a lit candle on the piano during, “Song for Adam”. I can still feel how broken his heart was as he sang about his friend Adam who committed suicide.
I sit before my only candle
But it’s so little light to find my way
Now this story unfolds before my candle
Which is shorter every hour as it reaches for the day
But I feel just like a candle in a way
I guess I’ll get there but I wouldn’t say for sure