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Happy Birthday to the Boss: Bruce Springsteen

September 23, 2020

“Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There’s a war outside still raging
You say it ain’t ours anymore to win
I want to sleep beneath
Peaceful skies in my lover’s bed
With a wide open country in my eyes
And these romantic dreams in my head”

Bruce Frederick Springsteen: Born Sept. 23, 1949

“Throughout the darkness that has settled on this land, I have listened to music,” writes Ron Wells. “Lots of music.

“And Bruce Springsteen continues to provide words and music that have lifted me up, replenished my soul, kept my spirit in the light.”
“So today, I celebrate Bruce Springsteen’s birthday. He’s the same age as me and has been a great traveling companion as I followed my path after encountering him 44 years ago. Thus, I will be listening to his music for much of today. For reasons I can’t quite explain, I’m starting with Maria’s Bed. I had always heard that this was not about a woman, but rather, about a river called Maria. I don’t know if this interpretation is correct, but I kinda like that one. Either way you look at it, it’s a wonderful song about light and darkness. I especially like the closing lyrics:
Well, I’ll take my blessings at the riverhead
I’m living in the light of Maria’s bed.

“When that one is over, I will scan his catalogue and pick out another and another and another, always being thankful that he has provided me with so many songs to accompany my life’s journey.
“And just as thankful that he has led me to so many of you, my GREAT friends. So, maybe I’ll play the video of Dream Baby Dream:

“There will be more music, more songs, and more celebration because sometimes we just need to find some joy in this world to keep ourselves in balance. What better day than today.
“Let me know if you’ll be playing any Bruce songs today. I’d love to hear your choices.

“I just read Brian Hiatt’s article, a trickle of tears roll from my eye’s,” writes Marshall Sheridan about the September 20, 2020 cover article about Bruce Springsteen titled “Ghosts,Guitars, and the E StreetShuffle: How Bruce Springsteen confronted death, saw Clarence in his dreams, and knocked out a raw and rocking new album with the world’s greatest bar band.”

Bruce and a fan when they were both young

“Memories of friends, road trips, late nights in parking lots, songs, The Big “C”. missing live music, growing older. It all comes to passing with time. So I say grab a shot of Patron, turn the lights down,  raise your glass sit back and listen to The Jersey Devil tonight and wish him a Happy Birthday, and many more.” Here’s Marshall’s play list:

1. Letter to You
2.  Down Bound Train ( live version )
3.  She’s the One / Mona    ( live version 78 )
4.  41 Shots   ( live version )
5.  Shut Out the Light
5.  Land of Hope and Dreams   ( live )
6.  Ghost of Tom Joad  w/ Tom Morello
7.  My City of Ruins    ( solo piano )
8.  Devils and Dust
9.  Rocky Ground
10. Song for the Orphans  ( dug out my old bootleg cassette )
11. If I was the Priest   ( my old cassette )

 

Here are a few of the posts you’ll find about Bruce Springsteen here on Art Predator:

April 2016: review LA Sports Arena  

December 2013: Bruce Springsteen Christmas

April 26, 2012
Review– Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” + Tour Hits LA April 26, 27 2012

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