19. Late for the Sky – Jackson Browne

It is with sadness that Threehundredsongs notes the loss of of the legendary musician, multi-instrumentalist and all-round good guy, Mr. David Lindley.

David’s contribution to our musical lore does not need to be retold here. But Martin Scorcese knew it. Not for nothing was David’s guitar solo, coming in after the tense, silent break in Jackson Browne’s Late for the Sky, used as the crushing moment in Taxi Driver. The moment when Travis Bickle finally breaks:

I’m not sure a finer guitar moment has ever been put to record.

How long have I been sleeping?
How long have I been drifting alone through the night?
How long have I been dreaming I could make it right?
If I closed my eyes and tried with all my might
To be the the one you need

Sometimes we all seem to close our eyes, yet we try and try again with all our might.

Artist: Jackson Browne
Album: Late for the Sky
Writer: Jackson Browne
Producer: Jackson Browne
Released: 1976; Asylum

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