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  • Birthday 01/24/1978

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    Silver Spring, MD
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  • Springsteen fan since?
    First heard Bruce in '89, diehard fan since around '93 or so
  • Does Mary's dress wave or sway?
    Well, "as the radio plays" rhymes with "sways"
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    Bruce, rock music, history, Lego, cooking, other nerdery...
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  1. There is still the matter of the "69 Chevy with the 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor" ...
  2. See, I think a song like Crush on You would get less disrespect if it were a Stones songs that Bruce covered. Whereas an encore favorite like Quarter to Three - if Bruce had written that, people would consider it his worst song ever. People don't just like music based on how good it is, we like it based on how it matches our expectations.
  3. I wonder if people would like the song more if were written by someone else, it is so different from what we expect of Bruce. And while it fits in well on Greetings, it sticks out like a bit in his overall body of work. It's a strange weird song, probably not meant to make the listener feel entirely comfortable, but I've never hated it, and over the past decade or so I've come to love it for what it is. Bruce must regard it fairly highly, considering that he often opened acoustic radio shows with it back in the day and made a point to include it on Tracks.
  4. Yeah, parades are a big PITA. We had one that took up a week or two of our time during basic training, that was only a few months total. Later, I left the Royal Guards because I didn't want to spend my time marching around for tourists. Although being stationed in Oslo, just a mile from my house was pretty convenient, LOL.
  5. I don't have strong moral feelings about circuses - I don't doubt that many of the concerns about animal rights are well founded, but animal rights aren't one of the social issues that keep me up at night. As someone who eats meat and wears animal products, I'm wary of taking the high road. I've been to the circus just once or twice. I went in Moscow once, and enjoyed it, but I haven't made a point of going to a circus in over twenty years. I have very vague recollections of going to see the circus at Madison Square Garden in 1980 or 1981 when I was about 3. I remember looking down on several rings and there was a clown there. According to my parents, I was more enamored with the folding chairs than what was going on in the circus. But that was my first time at MSG, and I wouldn't get back there again for 20 or so years. I wish they had taken me to MSG back then to see Bruce instead I have a friend who has an awesome celebrity story of being a kid and going to the circus with Johnny Cash. He didn't know who Johnny Cash was at the time, but remembers appreciating that Cash bought him cotton candy.
  6. Good question, judyg. I have a personal trip of some importance to me taking me out of town this weekend. Many friends of mine are marching on Saturday and if I were in town, I would seriously consider it. Some of my friends who have decided not to do so have cited safety concerns. I applaud everyone who is doing this, and I wish you all a safe time protesting.
  7. As I understand it, you see this as "just a cover band that likes to play rock n roll". I see it as a tribute band that plays (and pays tribute to) the work (song and stagecraft) of a major national artist, who himself regards his body of work as more than just entertainment. Sure, it is rock n roll, and it is fun, but it is far more than that. He has made his feelings about American politics and the modern Republican Party clear - he opposes them, and perhaps never so much as in the case of Trump. For the B Street Band to play an event associated with the inauguration of Trump is kind of like if Trump had chosen to play Bruce's music at his event. Except much worse. I would expect that of him. These guys should know better.
  8. It has been described as a song about "the people who peaked in high school". I think that's a little extreme, but in a broader sense, it isn't uncommon for life to become busy, stressful, full of obligation and responsibilities by the time you hit 35. Even if some of those things bring with them great joy and fulfillment, it is easy to look back in retrospect and tell yourself how easy you had it when you were a teenager and a young adult. Of course, few 16 year olds see life that way at the time. It is sad song in a way, but it is also about how people keep going and manage to get by day by day. "She says when she feels like crying she starts laughing, thinking 'bout... Glory Days" could be seen as the mirror image to; "Some day we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny..."
  9. He has been doing what he does for 50 years. He must have released 300 or so songs by now, and more if you consider unreleased songs. I don't think that 100 out of 300+ songs is implausible - if you consider him (as I do) to be a truly great songwriter. I'm not saying that half of his songs are "epic". I'm saying that he is a great songwriter and unsurprisingly enough, his songs are frequently great.
  10. See, this is where we disagree.
  11. I think there's a mix, but since VFC it is no longer possible for a fan with an ounce of brainpower/knowledge to claim they are unaware of Bruce's basic political leanings (generally liberal, and publicly in support of Kerry and Obama). Some conservative fans have lost interest in Bruce; some continue to enjoy his music despite this; and some have moved to the left - especially in regards to the most recent election. Sure, there are Trump supporters in the crowd, and it doesn't seem unlikely there may be Trump supporters among the members of the B Street Band. But the guy they had making statements to RS was being clueless and tone deaf. And perhaps he's in fact closer to the demographic that Bruce sings about in Nebraska and WB than the average fan who attends $180 Bruce shows these days. And whoever scheduled them for a show that could have been for a Republican winner wasn't thinking very clearly.
  12. It is very rare that I hear a cover of a Bruce song that I think is equal to, let alone superior to, the original, but that doesn't mean there aren't lots of great covers out there. If a musician can bring something new and original, while keeping a song recognizable and not losing track of the song that usually works fairly well. What doesn't usually work well IMO is a fairly straightforward recreation of the original. You can get away with that when covering certain artists, but Bruce works really hard on his songs, and especially when he has the ESB behind him, he usually manages to pull off the definitive version of a given arrangement.
  13. Defining or identifying greatness is almost entirely subjective and for me, changes from day to day. A song that I may have never paid much attention to will find me on a certain day when it speaks to me, and it will sound like the greatest song ever. Bruce is a great artist and many (not all) of his songs are great. But that said, on any given day I would say a list of Bruce's truly great songs needs to be well over 100 songs long.
  14. I suspect the reality is that for a band like this, their main market may not be Tramps like us so much as the casual fans in the stadium nosebleeds or the ones who perhaps can't afford to see an actual Bruce show these days. A quick look at their website suggests they are based in NJ, and play lots of shows in NJ, PA, and Florida. They may well have more Trump fan supporters than Bruce does. And perhaps it somehow just didn't occur to them that being associated with Trump in a positive way would become such a PR nightmare for them. I get that they signed a contract years ago and they didn't seek out an opportunity to "play for Trump" - but someone should have seen this coming and pulled them out earlier. I guess this comes down to to what extent you can consider playing an event like this non political or nonpartisan, and to what extent you consider Bruce's music to be non-political. I'm not impressed with this comment in particular; " C'mon, we're a bar band," Forte said last week. "It's got nothing to do with politics whatsoever " That makes it sound like they don't understand that there is more to Bruce's music than simple entertainment. If your attitude is "It's only rock n roll", then you should be a Stones cover band. It is one thing for a fan who doesn't share Bruce's politics to say this (no wonder Chris Christie is such a fan of theirs), but if you're playing his music, and relying on his legacy for your livelihood, you need to be a little more thoughtful about this. At this point, I sort of feel bad for them, but I also sort of don't. They've been publicly shamed and ridiculed, but have gotten more press and attention than they would have otherwise. I'm not particularly inclined to check them out myself.
  15. I think the lost verse about his father adds to the song, but I think the song becomes less streamlined with it in. I think it is probably more effective without it in, but if he had included it, the song would have taken on a more obviously mature and measured tone. As it is, the serious side of the song lies a little deeper. I don't think I've ever heard a version of Glory Days I didn't like, but my favorite is probably the live versions from 84-85 with the story/intros. I'm also a fan of what the band did with it in the Reunion era, it works really well in the encores. As far as covers go, this is an alternative take on the song that I quite like.