Since I talk about it constantly, you guys probably know how much I love music, and how it shapes my life. For the last 10 years, one of my big constants has been Jack Johnson. When Michael and I started dating, I was so excited to learn that he had also been listening to Jack for just as long as I had. Minus the complete heart-throbbing love interest in that man and his guitar.
No one ever comes to Oklahoma, but a lot of musicians trail through Dallas. So last night we took a road trip to Texas to see Jack, in the heat.
And guys, it was hot. Really, really hot. I love Summer, and I love hot weather, but Texas on an August day is just about the ugliest thing I've ever seen. The concert was outdoors, and after it decided to stop raining, the sun came out and it got muggy, to the point where it was hard to breathe.
And then Jack came out, and it has hard to breathe all over again.
We got there early, and a couple hours before the concert started, he was out in the main area with his guitar, just singing to the handful of crazy fans that got there early enough to endure the temperatures. I took one (exactly one) picture with my camera before security took it away from me for the rest of the concert.
So my terrible camera phone it was, for the rest of the night.
And then I started itching. And got more and more hot. And hotter. I partially blame this on Jack.
We got out of there right before midnight, and still had a 3 hour drive home. In the car I started getting even more itchy, and noticed I was getting a bit of a rash. "Bit of..." turned into my understatement for the year. The next morning when I work up, I looked like THIS:
Over every inch of my body. My scalp, ears, neck, face, back, stomach, and even my toes were covered in incredibly itchy, swollen welts. The worst part was first waking up, opening my eyes, and realizing they weren't open. They could only crack. And Michael looked at me, and said "oh....you poor thing. you look like you got beat up."
Guys, I never get sick. I never take medication, and a doctor visit is even more rare. The last visit I had was 7 years ago. The last antibiotic I took was closer to 10 years, and the last pill I took period was almost 2 years ago. That means no allergy medicine, no Aspirin for a head ache, no birth control, nothing. But this morning I went to the minor emergency and decided it was time to break my streak. My entire body looks like this, today:
Pretty, right? I'm thinking of writing Jack a letter and telling him that he gave me hives....but it's okay. It was worth it.
There are still a few cities left on his tour, so go see him if you get a chance. 100% of the profits from the tour, merchandise, and his new cd go to charity. He is definitely one of the most admirable musicians out there, and his All at Once organization works towards making the Earth a little bit of a cleaner, more conscience place, one bit at a time.
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Also, here are a few videos for you to enjoy. I always have a really hard time picking my favorite songs when ten years have been spent listening to his music, but here are a few:
"Adrift" -Jack. you're welcome, ladies.
"All At Once" -Jack.
"What You Thought You Need" -Jack.
"You And Your Heart" -Jack.
"Better Together" -Jack.
"If I Had Eyes" -Jack.