Bruce

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About an hour before every concert, Bruce Springsteen draws up a set list of 31 songs, written in big, scrawly letters in marker ink and soon thereafter distributed to his musicians and crew in typed-up, printed-out form. But this list is really just a loose framework. Over the course of an evening, Springsteen might shake up the order, drop a song, call a few audibles to his seasoned, ready-for-anything E Street Band, or take a request or two from fans holding handwritten signs in the pit near the front of the stage. Or he might do all of the above and then some—as he did on the first of the two nights that I saw him perform in Gothenburg, Sweden, this summer.

That night, at the last minute, Springsteen jettisoned his plan to open with a full-band version of “Prove It All Night,” from his 1978 album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, and instead began the show solo at the piano with “The Promise,” a fan-beloved Darkness outtake. Eight songs in, he again went off-list, playing a stretched-out, gospelized version of “Spirit in the Night,” from his first album, 1973’s Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., which he followed with “Save My Love,” a sign request. Onward he went with tweaks and spontaneous additions, to the point where, by the time the show was over, it was past midnight and Springsteen, a man approaching his 67th birthday, had played for nearly four hours—his second-longest concert ever.

“Yikes!” said Springsteen with mock alarm when I relayed this fact to him the next day, at his hotel in the Swedish port city. “I’m always in search of something, in search of losing myself to the music. I think we hit a spot last night where I was trying some songs we hadn’t played in a while, where maybe you’re struggling more. And then suddenly”—he snapped his fingers—“you catch it, and then, once you do, you may not want to stop.”

“You have to create the show anew, and find it anew, on a nightly basis,” Springsteen said. “And sometimes,” he concluded, laughing, “it takes me longer than I thought it would.”

~ David Camp, The Book of Bruce Springsteen


Notes:

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Happy Birthday Bruce (65!)


Bruce has been performing for 50 years. Over 120 million records sold worldwide. And he’s still belting ’em out…

Once you’ve fallen in love with Bruce, there’s no returning to normality, your life will pretty much be centred around that man, you’ll always bring the conversation round back to Bruce and your friends will get fed up with the amount you talk about him. But that doesn’t matter, because he’s Bruce Springsteen, the most adorable man in existence. The way he genuinely cares about his fans, making their dreams come true. The way he is clearly having the time of his life on stage, night after night. The way he makes you feel like the only person in the whole stadium, he’s singing to you. The way that no matter what mood you’re in, there’s a Springsteen song which sums it up perfectly, Bruce is always there to look after you. He makes the world a more bearable place to live. (Source: thatmusicguy8)


Heal tapping with Bruce…

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It’s 6:45am. (Monday)  I walk out the door.  Cold air bursts to greet me.  Mother Earth’s greeting: GOOD MONDAY MORNING Pal!  My morning wake-up call.  I scramble to get into the car.  I turn up the heater.  More frigid air in a frontal assault.  I rub my hands together vigorously. And shiver.  I back the car out of the driveway and get on the road.  My fingers scroll the dials to find Bruce.  Stop on “Radio Nowhere.”  I dial it up.  Way up.  And set it to run a continuous loop.


↓ click for audio (Bruce Springsteen – “Radio Nowhere”)


I just want to hear some rhythm.

My car is running on mid-grade and running on Bruce – – who is now coursing through the car. And coursing through me.  

The Sun, a mere 100 million miles away, finds her way through my windshield to warm my skin.  (I feel more lift.  She’s pulling me. Pulling me up.  I’m thawing out.  And my bones are telling me…It’s a good day.  I’m feeling good.) [Read more…]

Happy Birthday Bruce…

The Boss turns 63 today.  Here’s Bruce Springsteen with “I’m going down.”


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