Day: July 27, 2019

Saturday Soundtrack: A Human Touch

I first saw Jackson Browne in the 1970s. Today, at 70 years of age, he is still writing and singing some of the most beautiful and heartfelt music around. A Human Touch is among his most moving. Written with Steve McEwan and Leslie Mendelson for the Paul Haggis documentary 5B, the song captures the compassion of the caregivers in the 1980s in San Francisco General’s Ward 5B, the world’s first AIDS ward unit. The video of the beautiful Browne / Mendelson duet includes footage of how courage and compassion changed the way doctors and nurses approached and treated AIDS as the epidemic spread fear and hatred throughout the world. “You can call it a decisionI say it’s how we’re madeThere’s no point in shouting from your islandProclaiming only Jesus savesThere will always be sufferingAnd there will always be painBut because of it there’ll always be loveAnd love, we know, it will remain Everybody gets lonelyFeel like it’s all too muchReaching out for some connectionsOr maybe just their own reflectionNot everybody finds itNot like the two …