I am constantly amazed at his talent to marry the depth and scope of his lyrics to the wonderful tunes that make them accessible to thousands (millions?!) of people. Three of the best examples (in my opinion) are Badlands, The promised land and Better days. All of them songs with a profound meaning, but also a whole stadium of people can be reached by the music.
Mistake! I have covered this one already! Doesn’t matter to me, I could repeat this post many times and find something to say about his songs every single time. In short: I have never read song after song of any other songwriter that capture humanity, life, hope, despair and love with so much passion, insight en empathy. They are genuine, the real thing.
A very interesting comparison between these two great artists:
… this Thanksgiving, I will be giving my thanks to writer Saul Bellow (1915-2005) and musician Bruce Springsteen (born 1949), two poets who beautifully sing the song of America.
Putting Bellow and Springsteen together may baffle some of you. Their works obviously occupy very different Americas at very different times.
Bellow is the Jewish intellectual chronicling the anxieties and comedy of the cosmopolitan city-dweller in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
Springsteen is the Jersey guitarist channeling the lost dreams of the working class Everyman in post-Vietnam America.
Read on at:
I really admire people who have the skills and musical know how to put Springsteen’s work under words. This wonderful review of The Rising is an excellent example:
“Yes, life is very confusing, we’re just trying to get on with it.” — Art Carney as Harry Coomes in Harry and Tonto.
The many voices that come out of the ether on Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising all seem to have two things in common: the first is that they are writing from the other side, from the day after September 11, 2001, the day when life began anew, more uncertain than ever before. The other commonality that these voices share is the determination that life, however fraught with tragedy and confusion, is precious and should be lived as such. This is a lot for a rock album by a popular artist to claim, but perhaps it’s the only thing there is worth anything.
On this reunion with the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen offers 15 meditations — in grand rock & roll style — on his own way of making sense of the senseless.
Read on at: http://classicrockreview.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/bruce-springsteen-the-rising/
Just in case there is somebody alive who has not seen Bruce with Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young yet:
Another reason to admire him – his sense of humour!
Well, I suppose the whole world knows by now about the Neil Young parody and Bruce joining in as his 70’s self. I just love this background story from Rolling Stone:
And yes, I know it takes op too much space on my home page, but I still cannot resist posting the whole thing here.
It was surprising enough to see Bruce Springsteen performing Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” with Jimmy Fallon (as Neil Young) earlier this week — let alone doing it as his bearded 1970s self. Fallon tells Rolling Stone how it all came together. “We have a great writer, Mike Dicenzo,” Fallon says. “It was his idea to do the Neil Young [parody], and ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and ‘Pants on the Ground.’ We were tryin’ to think of [another one], and he was like, ‘Dude, I think I found the song: we should do ‘Whip My Hair’ by Willow Smith.’
And I listened to the song and went, ‘Oh my God, it could be great.’ “We were just gonna do that as Neil, but in the meantime, we’d been Continue reading
And here I am sitting in darkest Africa, missing all the fun! But I am thankful for the feeds that we could receive beforehand. Loving every bit of it. Now I am waiting for the arrival of my son with the box set from Norway on 1 Dec. Which one I am more eager to see? Well, I do love my son very much, buuuut …. 😉
If you want to read the most beautiful piece of writing about Springsteen I have ever seen, go to this link:
Tuesday is the long awaited day of release of the box set The Promise.
A lovely idea on facebook is for all Bruce lovers to find a 1978 picture of themselves and use it as their profile picture on 16 November. I am afraid all the fans may not have matured so well as the man himself … Maybe because we did not have to do all those three hour concerts since then!
You want to see a very young and shirtless Springsteen performing
Save my love? And the top of Stevie’s head?
Here is the link:
Panorama of Stellenbosch area, Western Cape, South Africa
Photographer: Little Brother
At this link a rather careless (or very excited!) person is paging through the package for the waiting world to see:
I am already addicted – before the box set is out! Lovely, lovely music. If you have not heard it, listen at
Among my favourites are Gotta get the feeling, Outside looking in, Save my love, Candy’s boy … No, it is unfair to single some of them out.
Bruce at his generous best!
This is the most important reason to me, the one that defines the man: his lyrics.
I am a person who loves words and whose greatest challenge is to use words in new ways to create something new. It follows that I will have great admiration for someone who can do this well, and of course there are thousands of wonderful writers in many languages. But I have never found another singer/songwriter whose lyrics come near those of Mr Springsteen. Yes, he has a great musical talent (and I know some people would disagree!) and many, many other wonderful qualities. But his writing is what he first and foremost is about. I would rather not start listing examples, because the list will be virtually never-ending.
For hours of happy reading, go to http://www.springsteenlyrics.com/index.php
This song was the second Springsteen song I found on YouTube and loved immediately. If you don’t know it, read the interesting story of how Dancing in the dark was created for the album Born in the USA here:
Early morning, Bontebok Park, Swellendam
(A bontebok is a large antelope which has been saved from possible extinction by the establishment of this park)
After doing so much to help me build my career (through his music as well as the way he conducts his working life) Bruce is apparantly now trying to ruin it single handedly! How can I work when this is available???
If you can afford to spend time on this, here is the link:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=130858856
And of course I’m taking a (prolongued) break now …
Much later: Yes, I have listened. And I am moved. Deeply moved.
Next day: I am still listening. And becoming seriously attached.