A few years ago I – being a lone fan in a country where Bruce’s work before and after Born in the USA is little known – to my delight discovered Julian Garcia’s Springsteen show Groove it all night on Home Grown Radio NJ.
This led to numerous exhausting nights, as the time slot was for me in South Africa between 3 and 5 in the morning in winter (if I remember correctly) and between 4 and 6 in summer. Only true fans will understand somebody doing this!
By the time the programme was discontinued due to the barrage of Springsteen activities 2012 brought with it, I had luckily also discovered Tom Cunningham‘s Bruce Brunch on 105.7 The Hawk (which falls right in the time when ordinary South Africans take their Sunday nap).
Great was my surprise when I received a message from Julian yesterday (on the saddest Valentine’s Day South Africa has had in some time, due to the Oscar Pistorius tragedy) that he has been busy working on a documentary about people who had been Continue reading
Message from Julian concerning his program this coming Wednesday: I am planning on playing some songs that deal with death, devils, etc. So plan on hearing Last To Die, Devils & Dust and Spirit In the Night. But also, I was doing some random searches on Youtube and came up with this idea too: Play clips of Bruce saying strange things, since Halloween is all about strange and weird happenings.
So,… songs with scary lyrics/titles and live songs that include Bruce saying weird Continue reading
Yes, I know I am far behind, but I still want to share this with anybody who might have missed it. In the Blogness post about the new Bruce show coming op on radio, was this link to a wonderful programme the day right after Clarence’s passing.
Thus I have also discovered the Bruce Brunch – which for me falls right in my Sunday afternoon nap … Will have to see if I (and my family!) can handle this in addition Continue reading
Early this morning (South African time) I had the pleasure of listening to Julian Garcia mentioning this blog on his programme Groove it al night on Home Grown Radio New Jersey, where he plays two hours of Springsteen every second week. It just made me even more aware of the tremendous power music (and particularly Bruce’s music) has in bringing people together across all kinds of barriers.
Much as I had looked forward to Julian Garicia’s programme of love songs for Valentine’s Day, I came out a little disappointed. Although it was certainly still worth getting up at 4 a.m. it did not live up to my expectations. (Which just shows how easily high expectations can lead to disappointment!) Also, really listening carefully to Jersey Girl for the first time, made it worth it. Actually quite a few of my own special favourites were there, as beautiful as ever. I will only mention three of them here.
Two hearts: A song I have only recently discovered on Live in NYC. I just ove the interaction with Stevie.
… Alone buddy there ain’t no peace of mind
That’s why I’ll keep searching till I find my special one …
Tougher than the rest: Wonderful to see him Continue reading
Just in case somebody has not seen it yet – here is Julian’s top 10 Springsteen songs for the last decade:
10. Devils and dust
9. You’re missing
8. My city of ruins
7. Outlaw Pete – a surprise to me
6. Working on a dream
5. American land
4. Girls in their summer clothes
3. Long walk home – my personal number 1
2. Lonesome day – a huge surprise to me
1. The rising
I really hope every Springsteen fan in the world knows about the programme where two hours of Springsteen music is played on this radio station every second Wednesday from 21:00-23:00. I tuned in on the internet for the third time last night from 3:00-5:00 SA time. It is well worth the effort and the lost sleep. Go to this link for the schedule and more info: http://www.homegrownradionj.com/