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Happy Birthday: Bruce Springsteen & KCRW’s Nic Harcourt

September 23, 2008

Just wanted to give a shout-out to the two biggest musical influences in our home, Bruce Springsteen who turns 59 today and KCRW “Morning Becomes Eclectic” dj Nic Harcourt.

I plan my life around listening to Nic every morning from 9-noon in LA (and on the web), and listen as much as possible to his weekly show, “Sounds Eclectic” which airs locally on Sunday evenings from 7-9pm.

In fact, while I was in labor with my son, I was conscious of the fact I was missing the show! The next morning, when I turned on the radio and Nic Harcourt’s voice came on, my son inclined toward the radio, obviously recognizing the voice he’d been hearing for nine months.

In fact, as I was laboring, I kept hearing this song “Bluebird of Happiness” by Mojave 3 which Nic Harcourt had been playing recently in anticipation of their visit the day after I gave birth–and when I turned the radio on, this song was playing. The lyrics of the chorus go “gotta find a way to get home strong gotta find a way back home”–which was inspiring as I endured over three hours of pushing to get that baby to come home! For a cool video which uses some of the song (you might skip the first 30 seconds though), click this link:

I love Nic’s interviews, his taste in music broadens my world, and he rewards my morning with his quirky accent and the occasional dry aside or joke.

The Big Monkey has been a major Bruce Springsteen fan for about 30 years and some 100 shows. Here they are together at the Tunnel of Love Tour back in the late 80s:

To read more about his fanaticism and experiences attending shows, go to these links:


San Jose Magic

Magic in Anaheim

Bruce & Morello in Anaheim

more Bruce & Morello

backstage at Anaheim

Bruce rarities

Bruce obsession

The Big Monkey & Bruce

BTW, the video up top is the Beatles singing “Happy Birthday” with a clip from the silent classic film Metropolis with partially clad dancing girls for birthday extravaganzas.

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