Every so often I meet someone who does not like Bruce Springsteen, and while my first reaction is always one of shock and confusion, I quickly follow up with a: “Well, have you ever seen him live?”
If they say “yes,” and they still don’t like him, I just move on. There is no hope in that scenario, and that poor soul is just lost and misguided. Now, there are a few people who say they respect Bruce, they just don’t like his music.
Ummm… What… ever (Delivered in a Valley Girl voice).
If they say “no,” they have not yet seen him live… then there is hope for salvation. For that is exactly what a Bruce show is… Rock n’ Roll salvation. It is as close to a true religious epiphany and experience as I have ever had… or will ever have… I think… And an experience so joyous and powerful that it sticks with you and gets you through some rough times… as does the music on its own.
A Bruce show is energy… passion… bliss…
You feel it in your heart… your brain… your groin… your soul.
It is immediate… it is motion… It IS Rock n’ Roll.
I have never met Bruce… and yes, I would love to.
I have never seen Bruce play “Meeting Across The River” live, which still kind of kills me… If he plays four nights and I go three out of the four… guess what song I miss??? This has happened multiple times. AAGGHH!
Aside from that one, if I had to pick my top five favorites, it would be: “Growin’Up”, “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)” (Yes, I miss Clarence deeply and cried heavily when I found out he had passed…), “The River” and geez… this is not easy… but at least for right now… “She’s The One.”
That’s the thing about Bruce… I truly love almost everything he has done. Sure I have issues with Human Touch and that whole period… but “With Every Wish” is another song I absolutely adore. It is just so poignant and powerful. I have similar issues with Lucky Town, but “If I Should Fall Behind” is truly one of the best love songs ever written.
Bruce is a Rock n’ Roll star… a legend… but he is also a bit of a nerd and can sometimes be goofy and awkward. I love that. It makes him real… human.
He is rich as shit, yet still has a genuine connection with the common man (and woman) and has never lost his roots… ever. He is sincere and deep… and connected to causes and issues. He puts himself out there, completely… fully… totally…
His concerts will move you and give you hope… truly.
They will literally lift you out of your seats and make your spirits soar.
Bruce is a gift… a blessing… He is music in a time when we need music most… when we need a message… when we need a light at the end of the “Tunnel Of Love.”
Bruce Springsteen is Rock n’ Roll… and for that I say thank you… and Happy Birthday.
Now let’s get together… and please… please, let me see “Meeting Across The River” live.