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Jackson Browne, an old pro with a fresh perspective
Jackson Browne, an old pro with a fresh perspective

On a recent evening at a North Hollywood rehearsal studio, Jackson Browne was leading his band through his song "About My Imagination" when he raised his hand to halt the musicians. The ensemble included some new members, and though Browne had loved the energy they'd brought to the tune earlier in the practice (during their initial crack at it), now the veteran singer-songwriter feared the freshness had worn off. The music, he said to the players as he peered over his eyeglasses, was beginning to feel too familiar. "I want to sidestep the pitfall of getting involved in doing something we've done before," he told them. That sentiment goes some way toward...

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