To the Sea, Jack Johnson's sixth studio album, hit stores Tuesday (June 1), and given the track record of his previous releases, there's a pretty good chance it will debut at #1 on the Billboard albums chart. But if it does, Johnson probably won't know about it — he'll be about as far away from the music biz as humanly possible.
"Generally, I've been out and about when the records come out ... [but] we're about to leave for two weeks on a little camping trip, [and] that works better for me, a little bit. Get away from it and not think about it too much," Johnson laughed. "So we're going to be camping for the next couple of weeks, and it'll be good. [There's] no real tradition. Whenever friends' albums come out, I go out and buy them. But when it's my own, I don't want to jinx it."
There's probably no real way Johnson can jinx Sea, which seems a pretty sure bet to top the charts, especially since it landed at #1 on the iTunes albums chart back in April based solely on the strength of pre-orders. Still, it's not exactly shocking to learn that moving units isn't his top priority. For a guy who has made a (very lucrative) career out of marching to the beat of a different drummer, Johnson sees Sea as just another step along that path — and a way to once again provide his fervent fanbase with the soundtrack to their lives.
"I guess, with all the albums, I never used to think about it, but now there's different songs that people will tell me, you know, 'This song really means a lot to me after I lost a close friend,' or, 'This song is what we danced to at our wedding,' " he said. "And you start to realize — as I do with other people's songs — you take 'em and they mean something, you have certain imagery that goes along with it. So I hope there's songs on this — as I went through certain things in my life, whether they were heavy or just something fun, and wrote a song about it — hopefully, people can take those songs and they mean something and they can use it in their life."
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