Tuesday, June 10, 2008

2005 In Between Dreams by Jack Johnson

This was the first album I picked out of the air, after hearing pieces of it on the radio and in the local coffee house. Johnson, who was born in Hawaii and is a former competitive surfer, writes wonderfully poetic and romantic songs accompanied by acoustic guitar. There is something of the laid-back surfer culture in his songs, and this album easily meets the happy and feel-like-dancing criteria for an Album of the Summer.

Here is a video of a live performance of the song "Better Together," one of the most popular on the album.

Here is a television performance of another favorite, "Banana Pancakes."

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