To listen or not to listen

Although I am only a few years younger than Bruce, this is my first experience of the release of a Springsteen album. And yes, that is really sad … 🙂 I honestly think my life would have been better if I had been on board since the early years. Not that I had a bad life, not at all. But with all this positive energy, all this passion … could have moved mountains! 🙂
So tonight (after a long day without internet access) it’s time to search for the first released song as promised on Backstreets. And of Continue reading

Looking back: Bruce on Clarence

“It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.

Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper Continue reading

Looking back: Salute, Big Man!

One thing I have learned in life is that death usually catches us on the wrong foot. It does not matter if it comes swiftly and unexpectedly or after a warning. We do not understand it and we never will. We try to talk our way around it, there are lots of well-worn platitudes that try to make those who have been left behind feel better. Usually they only succeed in making it worse.
Here in South Africa it is Fathers’ Day today. It is a cold and dreary day where we live. Usually I love winter, I love the rain, as I grew up in a dry part of the country and also because my husband works in agriculcure. But today the windows are crying tears for a man I have never seen, never Continue reading

Looking back: I cannot decide on a caption for this post …

… because so many things are going through my head. I think about reaching milestones with a loved one by your side as Bruce and Patti in the previous post, about how it is one of the wonderful perks of getting older. But then I have noticed how during the last few years Bruce had to say good-bye to so many of the good people who have always surrounded him. Starting with Danny, of course. I get the idea that this is one of the most difficult things of growing older – the Continue reading

We need you, Bruce!

I am working on a new novel and today did a scene where a black boss and a white employee makes real, heartfelt contact and each gain in understanding of the other and of the country they both love. Their conversation led to the children of our country who need so many things: basic care, education, but much more than that. Role models, among other things. And that made me think of Bruce, of course. I just wish I could let him loose on the youth of my troubled country (especially the Bruce of the 70’s with all that raw energy. Well, not that the energy is much less nowadays!) We have millions of young people here who really need the kind of motivation and inspiration that his music offers so generously. Many of those are still stuck in Continue reading

The River: A selection of pure joy and utter heartbreak

I have recently acquired this album for the first time. I did not realize beforehand how many of the songs I already know from other sources (meaning various DVD’s and from YouTube, of course). I’ve not only known them, but got to love them already. Independence Day and Fade away I first saw on the album of early shows included in The Promise. And I think Fade away, too. I find Independence Day  an absolutely heartbreaking and hauntingly beautiful song. Stolen car and The price Continue reading

A lifelong campaign to see The Boss live

In my country the idea of huge live music shows in stadiums is only just settling in with recent visits by the likes of U2, Neil Diamond and Roxette. For a middle-aged (hate that word!) woman it is fairly weird to have a desire to attend something like that, unless it is somebody like Neil, who was on his height of popularity when you were young. I am also aware of the fact that Bruce will most Continue reading

Just two old buddies chatting …

If there is a Springsteen lover/believer/fan alive who have not heard Bruce talk with Little Steven at the Underground Garage, do yourself a favour and rush to
Lovely stories, like the one about Bruce’s mum hiring a guitar for him … And how he would buy surfing magazines just to look at the guitars ads … And how he strung a base guitar with Continue reading

What would Bruce say?

I would love to hear what the Boss himself has to say about this! Maybe we can expect a new song? (Be sure to read the lyrics at the end of the first article at the links below)

My view? I think it could probably grow on you – if you can bear to look at it often enough for long enough.

More seriously, for me it seems to represent Bruce on the very height of commercial success. Which was an image he did not Continue reading

Advice Bruce could offer the Idols

I loved this post on Blogness:

In consultation with Official Blogness Correspondent Anne Haines, we offer up a few possibilities.

  • Appropriate stage attire (“Black t-shirts. You gotta wear black t-shirts. If it’s chilly, wear two of  ‘em in layers.”)
  • How to more or less gracefully eject snot rockets whilst vocalizing. (“Let’s face it, kids, even rock stars have boogers.”)
  • What is and is not an appropriate song to use for hauling small children up onstage (“Sunny Day,” yes, “Reno,” no).
  • Correct pronunciation of “Jimmy Iovine” (“Rhymes with Continue reading

First poem: Seascape

Yes, I know I have a lot  to catch up – but it is so wonderful to make new discoveries every now and again. Today’s gem is Bruce’s first poem, published in his college literary magazine. Read more at

 If one reads carefully, you can surely hear some traces of great things to come … I’m thinking Spirit in the night …


Earth Children turn their new eyes upward,
As the rain falls into outstreched arms.
The world moves with Continue reading

A song to break your heart: Independence Day

Well Papa go to bed now it’s getting late
Nothing we can say is gonna change anything now …
I grew up without a father and with a mother who meant well, but there was no real communication, no real deeper contact. I know the feeling of having things (a whole lot of them!) to say, and not being able to say them.
There was just no way this house could hold the two of us
I guess that we were just too much of the same kind …
In every child’s life there comes the time to leave. But hopefully not Continue reading

April fool!

Every last one of them!
After 2010 came and went without any new product from Bruce Springsteen (a six-disc box set notwithstanding), the drought is finally coming to an end. Though we’re still awaiting a press release from Shore Fire Media, Springsteen’s plans are now set in stone and Backstreets can confirm that, after a great deal of speculation among fans, every bit of that speculation has proven to be true.
That means we can expect two new albums in the fall: Running Scared, ostensibly a solo record, will be released September 19, in time for Grammy eligibility. A month later, on October 17, another new album titled Cloudburst, featuring players from both the E Street Band and the Sesssions Band, will ensure that Springsteen is up for Continue reading

Some really good news!

Dreams still come true, even today in this hard land of hope and dreams. Let me tell you about my wonderful surpise.

Yesterday morning at 3:00am South African time, I tuned in as usual to Julian Garcia’s Groove it all night on Home Grown Radio NJ (available on internet). During the show Julian was kind enough to mention that I listen to his programme from SA and that I am a great Bruce fan, with no hope at all of ever seeing a live show. He also mentioned that he felt bad for not replying on my enquiry about daylight saving in time to make sure that I caught the previous show. Which of course, I really appreciated and had totally forgiven him for, since it was really my own responsibility Continue reading

About men, but not only for men

Here is an excerpt from a well-written post at
It gives a wonderfull view of the men about whom Bruce writes. (And no, I don’t fully understand why I, as a woman, can relate to the music so easily. Maybe the three men in my life have something to do with it.)

… They’re the guys that work with their hands, that break their backs for the families they’ll be growing soon enough. Yes, they’re men.
I’ve always affiliated these men with the music of Bruce Springsteen. That’s not to say they’re the men who Continue reading

Saying good-bye with Live in NYC

On the day after my sister’s death the notification landed in my post-box – my Live in NYC DVD had arrived. I stopped everything I had been doing and rushed to the post-office. When I got home I closed all the windows, put the volume on high and got on my exercise bicycle. An hour later I was ready to face the day.
Yes, I know Bruce Springsteen is only human. He does not really Continue reading

Why I admire Bruce Springsteen (8): Hard work, dedication and a sense of joy

This paragraph from a post about Celine Dion’s dedication to her work speaks for itself:
My friend and mentor Rob Gilbert tells a great story about Bruce Springsteen. Someone once asked “the Boss” how he managed to achieve such high wattage each time he took the stage. Bruce answered that he performed each show as if it was his first and he also tried to remember that it was just music, so he could lighten up and have fun.
Read the full post at

Best live act!

Here is an excerpt from a well-written reaction on Bruce and the Band being rated as the best live act in rock and roll:
(For the full post, check the blogroll.)

… nobody comes close to holding an audience in complete rapture for 3 hours night after night after night like Bruce and the band. Each show I’ve seen has been a roller coaster ride of emotions featuring flat out Continue reading

Better days are getting better and better

I have just had a letter from my publisher about the manuscript for my third romantic novel. A rapturous letter. And she is not a lady who hands out praise easily. A compliment from her is really a compliment. And this letter is one huge compliment.
After reading the letter, I talk to my son on Skype. He is my biggest critic, but also one of my most loyal supporters. This is a big day for me. The third manuscript being accepted means that I am not to be a one day wonder.
And of course I think about that young man in the late 70’s, coping with Continue reading

The Bruce of the Eighties

Hilarious excerpt from a wonderful post at this link:
I check my look in the mirror
I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face.
— Bruce Springsteen, Dancing in the Dark

The caption for this photo on the site I poached it from said, “Springsteen made it acceptable for men to Continue reading