For those that have known me a fair while, they would know that I have been a Bruce Springsteen fan for the past 38 years. Since the age of 12 in fact, when, in 1975 I listened to his Born To Run album (my Brother’s).
I saw Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band live for the first time in 1985 (Sydney) in a concert that was between 3-4 hours long. I remember, for the next 7-8 months, his music was the only music I played in my car and just about everywhere else. The only concert I’ve seen that came close to that one was in 2012.*
Over the years I have been enthralled by his music, his stories and his and the Band’s sound. With each album there is a different feel, as Bruce continues to explore life. His music resonates with me.
I read where some of his fans (particularly in the USA) did not appreciate his ‘We Shall Overcome: The Pete Seeger Sessions,’ as it was too different from his early sound.
I ask you, would you rather someone who produces the same kind of music over a 40 year period, or would you like to hear a singer/songwriter/musician grow and develop and experiment with new words and music and musicians. Surely your answer would be the latter?
It was impressive to hear the ‘Wrecking Ball’ album as, to me, it merged the sound of ‘We Shall Overcome’ album with The E Street Band sound. Magic!
I did not get to see him again until March 2012* in Sydney. It was stunning to watch this man and his band perform with such passion, such energy, love and commitment for their fans.
One of the true pleasures anyone gets who has a favourite musician/singer/songwriter, is listening to their latest offering, which is what I did today as I just purchased ‘High Hopes’, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s latest offering, with a bonus DVD . (In between the concerts it is another true pleasure to listen to the music and play their DVD’s).
‘High Hopes’ is brilliant! Loved every song on it. It has a couple of covers and a couple of songs that we had only heard live versions of before plus other material that had been recorded but not released as it was not the time. It is now, thankfully…
My wife & I are going to see him in concert next month in Sydney. Can’t wait!
I once heard Bruce Springsteen say ‘that he is in the middle of a long conversation with his audience.’
Bruce, I am still loving the conversation, and can’t wait for your next words of wisdom…
Written by David Johnson (self-confessed Bruce Springsteen tragic)!
17 January 2014