Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S is for Springsteen


We're talking about the Boss today, peeps! 

THE BORN-IN-THE-USA BOSS.

The Jersey BORN TO RUN Bruce. 

The one, the only - Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce was born in 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey and soon gravitated to Freehold. His Dad was frequently out of work and he's said his Mom was the main breadwinner. Raised a Catholic and solidly middle class, Bruce said both factors influenced his music in later years.

Like many teens of that era, Elvis Presley and The Beatles provided inspiration to take up a guitar and at the ripe ole' age of 16, he started strumming. A little luck and a little crazy allowed him to miss Viet Nam and pursue music locally with various band configurations. Bruce collected the money at the end of the night; thus, the nickname of "The Boss." 

With the band Steel Mill, people started to take notice of Bruce and company. Philip Elwood, a music critic from the San Francisco Examiner, commented on Steel Mill's performance: "I have never been so overwhelmed by totally unknown talent." 

Springsteen had a long road to success and it was paved with a whole lot of gigs in a whole lot of places. Several albums were recorded before the album Born to Run became both a critical and financial success. Born to Run is considered one of Springsteen's best works and many consider it to be one of the best rock and roll albums of all time. 

My favorite album is The River - 20 songs that stay with you long after the album stopped spinning. One of the songs, "Hungry Heart," became his first hit to break the Top Ten.

There are too many great Springsteen albums: Darkness on the Edge of Town, Born in the USA, Tunnel of Love, I love them all! Singles like "Dancing in the Dark," "Tunnel of Love," Streets of Philadelphia," and "The River" seal the deal. 

Don't forget - I was on his lawn and didn't get arrested. Now, that's respect. (Check out The Great Springsteen Spring Fling).

America, aren't you proud to say he was born in the USA?











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53 comments:

  1. I love his music.

    To answer your question, 50k is my goal on YA manuscripts, which is on the short side for that age group based on minimums and maximums from industry professionals, but I tend to add words while I revise.

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    1. Interesting! There's so many writers that I follow but I know very little about their day to day. And, once again, let me say it: Medeia Sharif is THE MACHINE.

      Thanks, Medeia!

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  2. I always assumed he was called "The Boss" because, well, when it comes to rock, he's the boss :) - it's great to find out the real reason behind it. My fav of his is Streets of Philadelphia.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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  3. >>... There are too many ... Springsteen albums:

    Yeah, I confess, a little "creative" editing there.

    At one time in my life, Springsteen was god. ...Then he bit into the apple. It seems, according to your text, I was abandoning "The Boss" right around the time you were embracing him.

    There's so much, So Much, SO MUCH I could say about this one, CHERDO, but I won't... I'll just... shove a straw into my milkshake and move on.

    I know that "A To Z" doesn't really leave anyone time for extended visits but... I'll post the following link anyway. Maybe you can get to it in May, or June, or Summertime 2015: HUNGOVER & WAITING FOR SPRINGSTEEN TICKETS. (By the way, I'm about 98% certain it was for 'The River' Tour.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. I loved the pictures from pre-frustration L.A. and the comments post-frustration.

      Old Bruce is my favorite, really. When everyone jumped on the bandwagon, I still liked him, but I'm not surprised he changed a bit. And by the way, rockers, if I had my druthers you would all stay out of politics. I try to keep that out of everything but the voting booth.

      "The River"...my fav.

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    2. Incidentally, and by the way, and wouldn't you just know it, DEAR FRIEND CHERDO... I hope you realize that despite all my "Jocularity! Jocularity!" I truly am enjoying the helck out of your 'A To Z' posts! Sure, we may not often agree on the particular selections, but I still think you're ultra-cool, like a Margarita on a hot day.

      For example, my choices for this particular letter would have been either...

      "S Is For FLOCK OF STEVEN SEAGALS"

      or perhaps...

      "S Is For SONG OF SOLOMON (and a nose like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus)".

      But despite a few discrepancies and minor differences of opinion, I think your choices are ABSOLUTELY, SPOT-ON, and I'm enjoying reading them, and commenting on them, and collecting milkshakes from them. And FUN FACT: Unbeknownst to most folks, I'm not actually drinking most of these milkshakes you keep providing me with. 96% of them get poured into the boiler room of train #3, the 'Fred Gurley' - a crazy, steam locomotive that I get to drive when Ozzy Osbourne takes a lunch break.

      So... in all seriousness, I'm genuinely enjoying all your posts (especially the ones I get to poke a little a fun at and tickle with a boa... constrictor).

      Nevertheless, as much fun as it's been, I'm still looking forward to those blog bits where you write about WARREN (Zevon) and YOEY O'DOGHERTY & HIS CORN LIQUOR BOYS. I know fo' sho' that those are two great musical artists we will TOTALLY AGREE ON, and you won't have to buy me a milkshake of ANY flavor. Awww, won't those be days to mark on our calendars, Dear Friend Cherdo?!

      Keep on Rockin'! (And keep on buyin'! This train don't run on my 80-proof breath, ya know! It needs Dairy Queen Blizzards and lots of 'em.)

      ~ D-FensDogG
      'Loyal American Underground'

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    3. You make me laugh, Stephen McCarthy. I'm looking forward to the W post for Warren!! I had to save Z for someone else. Now, here is the extra credit question (and you have till W to guess): What is my favorite Warren Zevon song? When I tell you, you'll poo-poo it...and it will still be my favorite. Hint: No werewolves.

      A Blizzard is just an uptight milkshake, my brother!

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  4. Started playing the vids and the Great Scot's ears perked right up; he has every Springsteen album, lol. I think you made his morning.

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    1. See? Great Scots think alike. I'm a McSomething-or-other, in reality.

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  5. I travelled 4 hours on a Friday night after getting the last tickets, last row to a Springsteen concert in a centre filled with 13,250 people. Bordering on hysteria I screamed my lungs out as Bruce and his band truly shook and rattled the seats and just about 'brought the house down.' He definitely lived up to being The Boss that night.

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    1. That's awesome! I'd take any seat in the house.

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  6. (Dated reference to Rob Schneider's recurring SNL sketch "Copy Room Guy.")

    Shecky Shady Shaft..... ma-king co-pies!
    The Shade Man...
    The Shadester..
    The Shademeister...
    The Shady Dellinator...
    Hot in the Shady...
    Sheck...
    Sheck 2...
    Sheck the Third...
    Sheck Forever After...
    Sheck the Halls...
    Scared Sheckless...
    Sheckuille O'Neal...
    Old Triple-S...
    SSS...

    Good morning, dear Cherdo! The above are a few subtle hints that you could have chosen a better known and more deserving rock star for your "S" profile. I see, however, that you chose instead to continue your pattern of profiling obscure artists.

    Two of my favorite Bruce Springsteen memories are as follows. The first is "Monica" from Friends being pulled on stage to dance with The Boss in his 1984 "Dancing in the Dark" video. The second is Springsteen's appearance in The Sweet Lady With the Nasty Voice, the 2008 documentary film about rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. Springsteen idolizes Wanda and becomes teary-eyed when he gets an opportunity to attend one of her live shows. That moment reminded me that even the biggest stars have their own heroes, people who inspired and influenced them at an early age. Too often those early pioneers are forgotten over time and remain unknown to younger generations of music lovers.

    You wrote:

    << Don't forget - I was on his lawn and didn't get arrested.>>

    My brush with greatness came the day I tip-toed thru Tiny Tim's tulips.

    Happy Wednesday, dear friend Cherdo! Tomorrow's another travel day for me. I'll get over here a.s.a.p., probably late in the day.

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    1. Hey, tomorrow is a busy day for me, too (and today, too).

      "Dancing in the Dark" is a great video and Bruce is a bonafide babe in that one, so I SEE Courtney Cox, in theory. But I can't take my eyes off of Bruce. See how that works with females?

      Forgive the short and sweet - I gotta scoot, brother! Be careful and I'll take to you soon!

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    2. >>... My brush with greatness came the day I tip-toed thru Tiny Tim's tulips.

      Oooh! Some guys have ALL the luck!

      My best celebrity story: When I was 7, my friends and I knew where Mr. Ed was stabled, and we used to like trying to climb up to the roof. One time he stuck his head out of his stall and yelled, "Hey, you kids, get off my barn!"

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  7. He truly was one of the greats. It's funny--I didn't know much about him until Born in the USA and after that, I'd hear songs like Hungry Heart and be surprised that Bruce Springsteen sung it.

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    1. Stephen was saying that " I was abandoning "The Boss" right around the time you were embracing him." I think there is a line for fans. I like all Springsteen recordings, but I have a line where I enjoyed him less (politics...keep it out of my music...doesn't matter what party...).

      When I was in Jersey, we went by his old stomping grounds, The Stone Pony. True fan of early Bruce proof.

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  8. The Boss! :) My favorite is his Live in Dublin recording (I know I am late to the party, but I can't listen to it enough). Incidentally, an article about Born in the USA is actually on my Culture Studies comp exam reading list...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    Multicolored Diary - Epics from A to Z
    MopDog - 26 Ways to Die in Medieval Hungary

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    1. Okay, now THAT is cool. I'll be visiting you later...gotta scoot out the door, but I need my dose of Hungarian death-fear. Your theme is awesome, ha ha ha.

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  9. I think Born in the USA was the first cassette tape I ever owned as a kid. I don't know why. I'm not even American, and my parents weren't particularly big Springsteen fans. I think it must have been a freebie from Columbia House or something...

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    1. The good thing is you don't have to be born in the USA to have the song. :-)

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  10. Such a prolific musician with so many albums and so many tours, etc. I like your "s" choice, Cherdo.

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  11. While I'm not a fan of his type of music, I've always admired him as a musician.

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  12. A great "S" day! and an even greater Boss Stalker Story! I remember when Born to Run came out. It was as though music had finally recovered from years of being hung over. That album is still one of my favorites after all this time.

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    1. You have to have The River...I may have to send it to you.

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  13. Springsteen was great. I love Born in the USA! I like to shout that song when I sing it. ;)

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    1. Is there any other way to sing it? NO! Chrys Fey was raised right, world!

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    1. Don't be shy. I'll bet it was a typo. Perfectionist...

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  15. Ahhhhh, the only thing to come out of New Jersey which would be better? An empty bus.

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  16. I've always liked Springsteen's songs. Great choice for "S"!

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  17. Good choice from the plethora of S's out there.

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    1. Thanks. Your jokes have been extra great lately, by the way.

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  18. He is such a great artist. He also seems humble and truly there for the average Joe which is commendable

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    1. Average Joe needs a hero...I love the Boss, but he waxes and wanes in that respect.

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  19. My Favorite song by the boss is Philadelphia especially since it was done in one session.

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    1. That was a good song, but he first time I heard it was in the movie - I can't hear it without thinking about the Tom Hanks character standing on the sidewalk, looking up and down the street. He seemed to be out of options and it pulled at my heart. Denzel Washington to the rescue! See? I can't separate the song from the movie.

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    2. That movie is so good and so sad. I love Tom Hanks, but I think maybe Denzel was the one who deserved the Academy Award.

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  20. I had to go back to re-read your visit to The Boss's house story. I commented about The Bling Ring. You said to show you the way. The way is to Google The Bling Ring. It's terribly complicated. If you can't do it, then call me and I'll talk you through how to Google. Favorite Young Man used to have a girlfriend whose mother was obsessed with Bruce. She attended his concerts whenever possible. I think she has one of his guitars, and I suppose she possesses some other memorabilia. She has mental health issues that are worse than mine. I actually called her a dumb ass once. Those people hated me. The parents and the daughter and probably their other daughter and her boyfriend. Thank God the girlfriend broke up with Favorite Young Man. Little turd. I hope turd is not too naughty a word, but she truly was a little turd and I might as well go all the way now that I've written dumb ass. And she was going to end up fat, like her mother. She also had mental health issues. She was thin at the time, but I think she pretty much starved herself. Her mom and sister were Obese (see that's obese with an O). As soon as she stopped starving and started eating, she was going to be an XXL or so. She wasn't even five feet tall, and she weighed what I used to weigh at 5'5"--until X made me gain weight. I will be thin again. I know I will. And I won't starve myself.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I don't no nothin' bout the Google, Ms. Janie.

      The crazy mother-of-nutsy-girl must be obsessed with The Boss. I've had made crushes on musicians, but it didn't get me any guitars. I guess they knew I had my own, ha ha.

      I might be thin again, but it may require a tapeworm.

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    2. Well, I don't know nothin' bout birthin' no babies.

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  21. An excellent choice for the letter "S".

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  22. Great choice for sure!! He is legend and I wish I had seen him in concert a year ago when he was in Dallas. It was outdoors and pouring rain and I opted out. Tunnel of love is my favorite.

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    1. When I wandered on to Springsteen's lawn, the Tunnel of Love car was in the garage. Hey, everyone has to do something weird at one time or another.

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  23. One whole youthful drunken summer singing, "I got a '69 Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a hurst on the floor... she's waiting down in the parking lot, outside the 7-11 store..."

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo