Looking back: We take care of our own

As I played and replayed We take care of our own during the past week – and became thoroughly addicted – I realized with sadness just how applicable the song is to virtually any human situation. Yes, it is very much human nature to take care of our own, often to the disadvantage of others. Through the ages individuals in a position of power have been looking after themselves first, exploiting those under them. While Bruce surely thought of America while writing it, I cannot help but think about my own country when listening to the song. When you move around here you can also be fooled by appearances, as you can be fooled by the music to think of this as an upbeat and positive song. But below the exterior there is much more. Below the surface (and not always below the surface) in Continue reading

Another Born in the USA?!

An excellent article from Backstreets.com:
News Updated January 19, 2012
HECK OF A JOB, BRUCIE

The ultra-anthemic “We Take Care of Our Own” marches in with one of Springsteen’s most martial rhythms — a kickdrum on every downbeat — since “Badlands.” And you better believe it has some of the same “trouble in the heartland” concerns, too. But then there’s that chorus: rousing, uplifting, and positioning “We Take Care of Our Own” to not only be Springsteen’s most misinterpreted song since “Born in the U.S.A.,” but misinterpreted in precisely the Continue reading

Finally – the first song!

Last night I was really struggling to stay awake for Julian Garcia’s Groove it all night on Home Grown Radio NJ.  For me the programme falls between 4:00 and 6:00 (in our winter it’s from 3:00 to 5:00). Luckily I work from home, so I can indulge and allow myself a short nap any time of the day!
Last night was special. It felt like coming home after being away for three weeks and missing the previous programme. And then the cherry Continue reading

Still remembering the Big Man

On the day that Clarence would have been 70, I was saying good-bye to the wonderful country of Norway and my son who have lived there for the past three years. I had no-one to share my feelings about Clarence with, as the brothers spent the day watching films on the computer, due to bad weather. I think my memories of Clarence missing this great birthday and myself saying a difficult good-bye will forever be entwined. While I am so very happy with my first two Springsteen shows waiting up in June, I also feel an impending sense of Continue reading

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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