Showing posts with label Bruce Springsteen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bruce Springsteen. Show all posts

Saturday, January 27, 2018


Springsteen performing on the Tunnel of Love E...
Springsteen performing on the Tunnel of Love Express at the Radrennbahn Weißensee in East Berlin on July 19, 1988. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The embodiment of the American dream
Bruce Springsteen, an influential American singer-songwriter, and guitarist was born in 1949 in a small New-Jersean town. He made up his mind to be a musician at 7, having seen Elvis Presley’s concert on TV. His parents were rather poor, and Bruce’s mother had to take a loan to buy him a good guitar. That is why the main themes of Springsteen’s music are people living from hand to mouth and politics. Bruce started making performances in 1965, in 1972 he gathered the E Street Band, though for a couple of years it was not called so.

Springsteen and the E Street Band worked together for many years, though parted in 1989. Bruce Springsteen is best known for his albums Born To Run and Born In The U.S.A. He has multiple Grammies and an Oscar for the Philadelphia soundtrack. He is also the inventor of lo-fi music that became the cult genre now among indie-rockers. In the early 2000s, Springsteen reunited with the E Street Band. In 2007 the artist recorded Magic, his long-awaited and first in about 5 years album with the E Street Band.

Magic: magically good
Magic contains 10 brand new songs by Springsteen and one already heard, Long Walk Home. The first single from the album, Radio Nowhere, is a very touching composition with deep lyrics. Girls In Their Summer Clothes is a very good rock song with the E Street Band have done their best. A very beautiful work is for sure Gypsy Byker, it has an upbeat romantic melody reminding of traveling at high speeds on the American highways.

Magic, the title track of the album, can boast of a wonderful arrangement and meditative melody, creating magical atmosphere thanks to the rhythmic tinkling of the tambourine. The final track on Magic, Devil’s Arcade, is the only one that deals with politics. It has a very strong lyrics and powerful images that are sure to leave no one calm. This song gives a perfect insight into Springsteen’s origination and his political views. Moreover, after listening to it leaves everyone with a clear own view on these questions even if you are far from it all.

New masterpiece of the American rock-idol
Magic is the less politically oriented album by Springsteen in the last decade. The several previous albums (both with the E Street Band and without) were dedicated to the protests against George W. Bush as a candidate at the presidential elections, the Iraq War and the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The reason for such change is not commented by the musician. Maybe he just got tired of politics. Moreover, Magic was recorded in an extremely amusing way - during two months the E Street Band recorded on weekends, while Springsteen and his producer Brendan O’Brien worked over the vocals and made the dubbing on weekdays.

It can be said about the result that this album is also the most guitar accentuated of all Springsteen’s creativity. And as for the sound, there are more romantic and pop moments on Magic that were not typical of Bruce recently, though were very usual on his very first records. Anyway, it is an extremely good rock record by Springsteen and his friends from the E Street Band that has great moments and for sure features, some of the best songs Bruce has ever written.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Notion Deep Inside

The magical moments of a Bruce Springsteen concert begin seconds after the lights in the arena, club or theatre go out, you're staring at the stage knowing that in the next few seconds Bruce will arrive ready to pour out his heart, sharing his soul night after night, city after city, concert after concert tour after tour. The stage lights begin to shine and within a minute or so the sounds of The Rising, 

English: Bruce Springsteen at Barack Obama ral...
Bruce Springsteen at Barack Obama rally in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
 Thunder Road, Badlands or Devils and Dust are all around you and once again Bruce and each of us are heading on that special journey that is so special each night. It's magic in the night, each and every night. 

"Experiencing" Bruce Springsteen in concert is part religious rock and roll, part revival meeting, a journey of joy, passion and excitement. Be it at Fenway Park with Bruce trying to end the Curse of the Bambino, the lone spotlight on Bruce singing Thunder Road simply with Roy Bittan on the piano in 1975 on the Born to Run tour, the Boss and the Big Man hitting/creating perfect synergy during Badlands - Bruce Springsteen on the 1978 Darkness Tour, the sheer force of Born in the USA on the 1984-1985 BIUSA Tour, the carnival like start of the 1988 Tunnel of Love Tour or that unforgettable moment during the Reunion tour when faith was restored - Bruce was back where he always belonged - on stage with the E Street Band, Bruce has thrilled so many of us. 

Each of us has our own Bruce experiences, stories that we've often wanted the opportunity to share with fellow Bruce fans. Chance encounters with Bruce, traveling to the Holy Mecca Asbury Park, taking your children/parents to their first Springsteen concert, meeting strangers who have become lifelong friends or even marrying fellow Bruce fans - there are countless stories that can only be told by each of us and we've never had that chance.Undoubtedly Bruce has moved you. Emotionally, politically or from a humanitarian perspective.

We are calling out to Bruce from the Jersey Shore, Philly, the backstreets of Boston, Bruce fans in the UK, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Germany, Holland, Japan, Brazil, Canada - everywhere and anywhere where Bruce fans call home.  

The journey continues... 

Author: L.Kirsch & Howard Bloom