Some folks might have a tendency to just move along when a Brent song comes up, but I think that Just A Little Light is one of his stronger compositions.
One thing is pretty clear about Brent’s songwriting is that he certainly wore his heart on his sleeve. It seems there is a lot of uncertainty and some potential demons in some of his tunes and that could be seen as a reflection of the inner turmoil of the singer. Perhaps I’m reading too much into it, but if you listen to some live versions of Blow Away you can hear it in real time.
But Just A Little Light has a feel that is, in my opinion, unique to the Grateful Dead catalog and therefore a very welcome addition. The song was only played 21 times in a span of about a year and a half. There were only 5 more after this one, but you can hear that by this point it seems like the band had at least gotten more comfortable with the song in the live setting. I don’t like all of Brent’s songs, but this is one I definitely very much enjoy.
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