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These Days

November 26, 2021

These Days is a song written by Jackson Browne when he was only 16 years old (1964-1965). It was first recorded by Nico in 1967. I have always loved the song. It is such a strong creation that it can be played in many styles, many keys and many tempos and it sounds great every time. That is a rare quality for any song.

By 1973, Jackson Browne had become a successful recording artist, and not having raided his back catalog for the first album, was willing to do so for this second, For Everyman. This  version of These Days was considerably different in several ways from the Nico effort. Some lyrics were changed or omitted, such as a couple of lines about “rambling” and “gambling”. The fingerpicking guitar figure was replaced with flatpicking, and the slower-paced instrumentation was typical of early 1970s  Southern California Folk Rock. — drums, bass, piano, acoustic guitar, but most prominently with David Lindley on the slide guitar.

The list of who recorded this song is endless but includes Jackson Browne, Greg Allman, Glen Campbell, Kristina Train and yes, even me. I have included the versions of all five to give you an idea of the song’s flexibility when it comes to arrangement. Give them all a listen and then tell me which one you like best.

Jackson Browne:

Greg Allman:

Glen Campbell:

Kristina Train:

Allen E. Rizzi:

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  1. I love your performance!

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  2. I’ve always loved this song! Wonderful comparisons of styles, here, Allen.

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  3. A favorite of mine as well.

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  4. Great song. Damn, Allen, your version was really good!

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