Welcome to another episode of Jack Johnson… I’ll be writing about him all week. Oh and I’ll be giving away $25 (via PayPal or Amazon Gift Card… your choice) to a commenter who leaves a Jack Johnson lyric and tells me what it means to them. (Ugh, this sounds like an advertisement even to me. This is not an advertisement in any way, shape, or form. I simply like his music and his message.)
I made a case yesterday that Jack Johnson is a great environmentalist. He has not only donated 100% of his touring earnings to environmental charities for close to a decade, but he’s fundamentally changed the venues he plays at. Musicians typically make a majority of their money through concerts, so it’s a significant act. I can’t think of another musician that donates to that level.
If I got to interview Jack Johnson, I think he’d say that he has “enough” money. He’d probably say that because he has a guitar and a surfboard he’s Five by Five.
That’s enough rehashing… let’s cover some of the personal finance wisdom in his lyrics.
I often pride myself on writing about personal finance for 11 years. You know wrote about personal finance 4 or 5 years before me? Hint: His name rhymes with Mrack Mrohson. And he arguably gave the best personal finance advice that I’ve read.
Let’s dig into the lyrics of his 2002 song “Gone”:
“Look at all those fancy clothes… but these gonna keep us warm, just like those”
Twelve years later I wrote about fashion, function, and frugality. Johnson covered my thoughts in 15 words nearly 15 years before me.
“What about your soul? Is it cold? Is it straight from the mold and ready to be sold?”
This lyric seems to ask if you want to sell you soul. Shout out to Dave Ramsey supporting Pyramid Schemes!.
“Cars and phones and diamond rings, bling bling… Those are only removable things”
Hold the “phone!” This was 2002. I was literally jamming a phone module into my Handspring Visor, because smartphones didn’t exist! It was around 7 years before I wrote about why I chose to buy a Palm Pre.
I don’t where Jack Johnson stores his crystal ball, but I want it.
“What about your mind, does it shine? Or are there things that concern you more than your time?”
Mental vs. materialism… who do you want? I’m going mental.
Look at you out to make a deal. You try be appealing but you lose your appeal. What about those shoes you’re in today? They’ll do no good on the bridges you brought along the way, oh. You willing to sell anything, gone with your head… Leave your footprints, well shame them with our words… Gone people, all careless and consumed, gone
Did you know that the Jimmy Choo shoe company is up for sale? Don’t get me started on Sex and the City and Carrie’s shoe thing again.
I was going to highlight some other songs, but I think that covers it well enough.