Rich lyrics with interpretations ranging from a heterosexual high school couple sneaking away from their parents to drink beer, to heroin addicts trapped on the outskirts of town, to gay lovers hiding their affair, combine with a melodic, rocking composition to create an unforgettable song. It’s part Shakespearean Sonnet, all rock and roll, a true… Continue reading Backstreets: Is this somewhat forgotten classic actually Bruce Springsteen’s best song?
It’s rare when a single work of art, much less a single song running less than five minutes, encapsulates the full genius of an artist in one fell swoop. “Thunder Road” is precisely such a work; everything that makes Bruce Springsteen truly great is present and all you need to do is listen. There is… Continue reading Springsteen’s Thunder Road: Still brilliant and seminal whether or not Mary’s dress “sways” or “waves”
To my knowledge, there aren’t many arena rock anthems about dead musicians haunting the singer, but somehow Springsteen manages to pull it off by blending the old and the new, combining old things in new ways in classic form. Who says an artist can’t produce some of their best work at 70 years old? It’s… Continue reading Springsteen’s Ghosts: Living proof that a truly great rock song can be written in any era by an artist of any age
Sometimes, less is more and the penultimate track from Born to Run is certainly one of those times. In just twenty eight lines lacking a chorus or any musical bombast, Springsteen spins a tale of a down on his luck wannabe gangster embarking on an unknown caper, told as a conversation between an unnamed narrator… Continue reading Meeting Across the River: Bruce Springsteen’s lyrical genius in one understated song
From predatory policing to cancel culture with a touch of schadenfreude, a few lessons from the revelation of the rock legend’s DUI last year. What kind of world are we living in? Yesterday, the news broke that bonafide music legend, Bruce Springsteen, was arrested in November for suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, and consuming alcohol… Continue reading Cancel Bruce Springsteen?
Three very different masters of their craft, three unique mediums, one connecting concept that illuminates what makes their work timeless and yet somehow outside our reach at the same time Like William Shakespeare, Stanley Kubrick can be something of an acquired taste. People are vaguely aware of the reputed genius, but prefer to appreciate it… Continue reading Negative space: How the things left unsaid connect the diverse genius of Shakespeare, Kubrick, and Springsteen
“There’s too many outlaws trying to work the same line” enters the lexicon as one of the Boss’s most timeless lyrics, especially in this era of endless politicization of everything including Bruce himself Full disclosure: I’ve been saying since at least 2002 that Bruce Springsteen will be remembered as much more than one of the… Continue reading At least 2020 had an awesome Bruce Springsteen album, “Letter to You” might be the most fired up thing ever released by a 70+ rocker and his band