For a reason that I suppose some psychologists would have a field-day figuring out, the first thought I had when I woke up after 5 hours of sleep overnight, a full hour before my 3 alarm clocks would start going off, wasn’t about what had to be accomplished today, or what I hadn’t gotten around to yesterday, but rather the melody and words to the Jackson Browne song “The Load Out”.
I haven’t heard the song for weeks, and haven’t played it on my piano or guitar for months.
But for some reason, the song recorded live at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on August 27, 1977 was rattling around in my brain as I found myself trying to remember the order of the verses.
You may not be familiar with it, but you’ve no doubt heard the song “stay”, which wraps it up and is in our Fun 107.1 song list.
It’s admittedly a great song, but hardly one worthy of losing sleep over.
I can only speculate that it’s because the kids have always told my wife Kathy and me that when we’re in the nursing home, she’ll be spending her days dusting everything in sight.
And I’ll be playing the same song on the piano, over and over and over again.
Maybe it’s “The Load Out” that I’ll be playing.
That’s the way I see it.