growing up in manhattan beach, one of my closest friends was tammy brown. there was a little posse of us: tammy, kelly, chelsea, becky, jenny m; we were in brownies and girl scouts together (tammy's mom chris was our troop leader more than once), played AYSO soccer together, did jr. lifeguards together - to this day, i feel beyond lucky that i grew up with the friends that i did. most of us are still close friends and now our kids are becoming friends. life has been good to us.
tammy's cousin is jack johnson. i remember hearing stories about jack and his brothers in hawaii. something about jack not wearing a seat belt as a baby (back in the 70s, when seat belts weren't taken as seriously) and chris reaching across the car to grab him as the car door opened when they went around a corner? stuff like that - the family lore you get wind of when you grow up together. no big deal. tammy told me one day when i'd first started working at 91X that her cousin jack was playing music at some surf industry parties and stuff, and that either surfer or surfing magazine was going to include an EP of his songs in an upcoming issue, and would i want a copy? so i got a few of his songs from her on CD and i remember listening to it and immediately feeling like it was going to be big. at least in san diego, on 91X, i felt like people were going to LOVE it. his song "flake" was on the EP and that's the one that stood out to me, so i started taking it to the 91X music meetings (once a week we'd all get together in muckley's office and check out all the new music). it felt like i brought that EP in to those meetings every week for a couple months - i would not give up. it just felt so RIGHT, that song, for what was going on in san diego right then. bands like buck 09 and sprung monkey and sublime were huge, as was bob marley, and jack seemed to fit in there somewhere, real good, in my humble opinion. i'm not sure if my program director bryan schock just got tired of hearing me beg or if he finally started to really hear what i was hearing, but he one day said "let's do it," so we did. recently jack was interviewed for yahoo music and he talked about getting on 91X (it starts right around the 3:15 mark or so).
i remember the first time i played "flake" on 91X - i was nervous and THRILLED and i could not believe it. i was so, so happy that my instinct was being given a chance (thank you, bryan and chris) and i was so scared that my instinct was going to be wrong, and that it would be just another flash in the pan (i had also lobbied hard for "jolene" by spring heeled jack at one point, and that bombed). thankfully, i didn't worry long, because our phones started going nuts for "flake" and really never stopped. jack became HUGE in san diego and now, worldwide, and his success makes me so happy every time i hear about it and him. i've only met him a couple times, but my impression of him is that he is kind, gracious, loyal, and overflowing with integrity and love. he chatted up my nephew at tammy's wedding when i told him my nephew was a big fan - that meant a lot to me. he has a beautiful family, his wife is awesome, and he has done really good things with what he has to work with. so to hear him give tammy and i credit for taking part in getting him on the air back in the day - it humbles me and reminds me what a good guy he is. here it is, over a decade later, and he still mentions it! so cool. i just thank my lucky stars it wasn't, say, limp bizkit i was lobbying for. *pee shivers*