This is the week I have been waiting for since I joined The Rewind Button.
Springsteen is more then music to me, he’s something more.
I cant rememeber a time when I didnt have Springsteen in my life, theres photos of me as a baby wearing a Born In the USA shirt, I wrote a paper on ‘Lonesome Day’ in my senior year of high school, I have a Springsteen poster hanging over my bed, I cried when Clarence died. I’ve been hired for 2 seperate jobs because I mentioned that I loved Springsteen, I seriously love Bruce.
The 3rd of 17 studio albums, Born to Run is one of the most iconic and widely seen as his break out album. I would even go so far as to say that its in my top 5 favorite albums, (The Rising, Wrecking Ball, Born to Run, The River and Born in the USA). With only 8 tracks its small but mighty as hell.
There is not a track on this album dosent suck, just listen to the sax on ‘Born To Run’, the lryics of ‘Thunder Road’, the shear awesomeness of ‘Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out’ will make you cry and I cannot get enough of ‘Meeting Across the River’.
Born to Run is one of those albums that makes me fall back in love with Bruce every time. Theres something about him and his music that affects me in a way that no other artist can. I am taking a week off work this summer to go see his only Canadian tour date with my parents and my older brother and its going to be a dream come true, I am going to be in the same room as BRUCE MOTHER F*ING SPRINGSTEEN!! I have waited since I was old enough to say ‘Springsteen’ to go see him live. and now its less then 50 days away .
I love the album, I love Bruce, and to end this week I want to leave you with an excerpt from a speech that President Obama gave in 2009 when Bruce was awarded with Kennedy Centre Honours,
Finally we honor the quiet kid from Jersey who grew up to become the rock and roll laureate of a generation. For in the life of our country, only a handful of people have tapped the full power of music to tell the real American story with honesty, from the heart, and one of those people is Bruce Springsteen. He has said, I’ve always believed that people don’t listen to your music to find out about you, they listen to your music to find out about themselves. And for more then three decades his songs of dreams and despair, struggle and hope, hardworking folks have seen themselves. They’ve seen there great state of New Jersey and they’ve seen there America. In songs that become anthems. Restless kids who were Born to Run, the struggles of workers in My Hometown, the sacrifices of vets who were Born In the USA, love and loss on the Streets of Philadelphia, the resilient nation in The Rising, this year a country Working On A Dream. Its no wonder that his tours are not so much concerts but communities. There’s a place for everybody. The sense that no matter who you are or what you do everyone disserves there shot at the American Dream. Everybody disserves a little bit of dignity, everybody disserves to be heard.
until next time,
– be a river with me
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