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  1. 28 points
    I have one Bruce-related story that I want to share. An important anniversary is coming up, and I've been listening to Bruce a lot recently with Western Stars, so this story has been on my mind. I became a Springsteen fan in the late 1990's with the rise of Napster. Someone at my school had a collection of Bruce recordings on his computer, and I found it through Napster (this was a closed, Ethernet-connected college campus, amazing speeds for the day). Anyway, I was hooked by Brilliant Disguise solo acoustic (later on discovered it must have been a Christic show recording) and really got into his music around that time. So over the next 4-5 year period I filled out the back catalogue (starting with Live 1975/85 which in retrospect was an inspired choice, followed by the 3-CD discount Greetings/WIESS/Darkness set, etc) and eventually purchased Tracks. About this time The Rising was released, and I was absolutely hooked. So, in 2002 I was in medical school, and it was a real challenging time. Lots of stress-- in the classroom, on the wards, personal life, everything was hard and everything was a challenge. I had a great study group, though, and formed a tight-knit group with 3 other students in my class. One was a young woman named Lauren. She was from a small town near Winston Salem, NC, and she wanted to become a neonatologist. She and I were anatomy lab partners from Day 1, doing dissections over several hours at a time. We got along and formed a study group with two other students in our class. Over the first two years of school, our group worked together closely; we practiced physical examination skills on each other, attended workshops together, ate together, studied for hours together at the school and in our apartments. Occasionally we'd do social events outside of class. Over the two-plus years we were partners, it became evident that (1) Lauren had something going on that wasn't healthy for her, and (2) she didn't want to talk about it. She appeared underweight, and sometimes she seemed particularly pale or and ashen. She would cook but not eat, or if we got dinner together she'd order something small and push it around her plate. She was an avid runner and was the only one of us to have a treadmill in her living room. And so on. Eventually we worked it out that she had anorexia nervosa. Classic case, it turned out, often paired with depression which I thought maybe she had also. No one felt comfortable just up and confronting her about it, but I felt like I had to do something. So, one evening after a study session on the way to our cars, I brought it up, that the 3 of us were concerned about her and that we were there for her. She expressed thanks for our concern and went on her way. Some time after that, I made Lauren a mix CD of various songs that we all liked and/or that I thought she would like. I was trying to reach out to her in my own way. I don't recall all of the tracks, but one of the songs was Sad Eyes, by Bruce Springsteen. The lyrics (and music) were so apropos for how I felt about the situation: "Every day here you come walking / I hold my tongue, I don't do much talking / You say you're happy and you're doin' fine / Well go ahead baby I got plenty of time / because sad eyes never lie." When I gave her the disc I made a point to ask her to listen closely to that song and if she ever wanted to talk I would be there to listen to her. So, that was that for a while. Third year started, we started our clinical clerkships, and our group was scattered hither and yon. Several months later, when we were in town together, Lauren and I finally met up for coffee. She explained yes, she had anorexia and had it since she was a teenager. She had recently been "forced" into a residential eating disorder treatment program, taking a leave of absence from UNC, and that she vowed to never be forced to go through that again. She was fierce and angry and tearful; I remember it like yesterday. I expressed sympathy but felt at a loss to help besides listen to her and try to be a confident for her. I didn't know what else to do. That was in the spring of 2003. We talked a little after that, but clerkships took us away again over the next several months. We didn't talk for several months Then, on August 21, 2003 I got a call from my old study partner (one of the 3 mentioned above) that Lauren was found dead at home in her own bed. She seemed to have died of "natural causes," meaning complications from her anorexia. My girlfriend (now wife) and I met her parents a couple of days later to clear out her apartment. That was a very sad day. Her mother asked me about the CD and I explained that I was just trying to reach her and that I was sorry. At her funeral, along with her other mementos, was the CD with the playlist written out. I spoke at the funeral. Springsteen came to Chapel Hill on September 14, 2003 during the Rising Tour, and my now-wife and I saw the show, our first. He didn't play Sad Eyes that night, but it was still an emotional experience. I was with the woman who would become my wife, medical school's end was in sight, we had just buried one of my best friends and I was coming to grips with that; but despite that, many hard times had passed and there was light at the end of the tunnel. The Rising was the perfect album for that time in my life Fast forward two years. I had graduated medical school and started residency in Birmingham, AL. I was engaged, and many of our wedding-related activities would feature the music of Bruce Springsteen. My fiance and I drove over to Atlanta to catch the Devils and Dust tour. On July 23, 2005 (less than 3 months before the wedding), Bruce played Philips Arena. You may recall which song had its world premier that night (as stated by the man himself before launching into it). It was Sad Eyes. The song was recorded on January 25, 1990 shortly after the break-up of the E St Band, and was finally released on Tracks in 1998. It was never played live in any shows before that night. Even more amazingly, it has not been played since, including hundreds (thousands?) of nights over several worldwide tours. This is quite unusual for a Springsteen track, and makes that night's performance even more remarkable. You may listen to it and think it's a bit romantic for a friend's mix CD, but my musical breadth was such that of all the songs that conveyed what I wanted to convey, this was the best (as I gave her the disc I explained the above rationale and said to ignore the part referencing getting ready for a date, as we were platonic friends). The song to me never was exactly a romantic song, as romance isn't the crux of the meaning. The song really is about someone who won't admit something to themselves, and another person noting that and waiting for the right time to address it. In this case it was Lauren's eating disorder, and me wanting to offer some relief to my friend who was suffering from it. I am just sorry that she succumbed to it in the end, despite my efforts (and the efforts of her parents and friends over the years, as well as other SOM classmates). It is one of my life's regrets that she is not with us today. I take some comfort that her memory lives on in our lives. We have kept in touch with her parents, and wouldn't you know that we named our youngest daughter Lauren. Our Lauren is a true joy (a real ham to be honest) and brings such happiness to our lives. The UNC SOM class of 2004 established an award in her name, the Brett J. Pearce and Lauren K. Brown Memorial Award (Brett was a student with cystic fibrosis who died during school - also a really special guy.) The award is given to a senior medical student who shares their qualities of generosity and compassion for those in need, dedication to service, and unwavering commitment to high ideals. This senior is nominated and chosen by classmates who feel he or she has made a significant contribution to the education and personal growth of their peers. As for Bruce Springsteen, I have seen the Boss many times since then, have hundreds of concerts on bootlegs, and my wife and I remain devoted fans. We met him during his book tour, got autographs, and even named our dog after him. However, I think that forever my favorite Bruce concert moment will be that world premier in Atlanta.
  2. 19 points
    Racing is my guaranteed to make me cry track, and I am so happy to get it live. Several years ago when my cousin was very ill I used to have a drive of about 2 hours to visit her. For some reason, I always played Darkness on the way home and would drive through some beautiful English countryside with tears streaming down my face listening to Racing. Then last year when my friend was dying of cancer I would do the same. I remember getting back from the hospice one day and posting on here that sometimes, Racing is the only song I need. Although I associate it with two women I loved dying, I love it more than I can say.
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    Live performances of the Western Stars songs, plenty of High Desert scenery, his voice sounds great. That's enough to satisfy me right there.
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    Sounds like a cinema showing from what I've seen. Filmed with a full orchestra I'm beyond excited about this!! This is still the only album I'm seriously listening to at the moment
  7. 10 points
    This photo would be a good picture as front sleeve for Electric Nebraska album.
  8. 10 points
    All the Beatles were in a cafe John said "one day we will all be famous" Ringo said "Do you reckon" George said " yeahhh..bound to be" Paul said " we have as much chance of being famous as me and Bruce Springsteen being on stage in front of thousands of people singing.... and some fucker cut the power off" All the Beatles laughed, tea got knocked over, Ringo laughed so much snots came out and John dropped his cream bun
  9. 9 points
    I really like Bruce to talk about his songs - his life, his thoughts on existence, of meaning in this world. It doesn't detract from my own interpretations. I can still infuse the songs with the meaning my own life and background give them. But it enriches me profoundly to know where he was coming from when he wrote the songs. Just one more facet...
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    I hope so. He deserves to have it confirmed back to him how brilliant it is.
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    Two more friends saw it on Friday and thoroughly enjoyed it - neither of them Bruce fans, but they did say to me this morning that they now get what I have been boring them rigid with for years!!
  13. 8 points
    I don’t like car racing and I love Racing in the Street. I don’t like adultery and I love One Step Up. I don’t like wrestling and I love The Wrestler (particularly, the movie). I don’t like the Mafia and I love The Sopranos. I don’t like drugs and I love The Wire. And so on...
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    So you walk on, through the dark, because that's where the next morning is...
  18. 8 points
    Saw the movie this evening and thoroughly enjoyed it. There were only 4 of us in the cinema though. I was surprised it’s even showing here but not that it wasn’t full. Also don’t know how much advertising it’s getting here. Apart from it getting a smaller cinema and therefore not great sound, the songs were awesome on the big screen. Loved seeing Rob Bryson. As a fan himself, glad he was in this. Enjoyed it more than I expected. Great fun. Will definitely get the DVD or Blu Ray if it comes out.
  19. 7 points
    I was already a little bit more than a year on the Bruce train... but I remember the moment my 15 year old self first heard Born To Run on the radio in the car, and ... holy cannoli!!! Ran right out and used my saved up babysitting money to buy this amazing, phenomenal from start to finish album.
  20. 7 points
    If I was that guy I would have one leg wrapped around him and my lips planted firmly on his right cheek. Missed opportunity.
  21. 7 points
    From the TIFF website: ”The incomparable Bruce Springsteen performs his critically acclaimed latest album and muses on life, rock, and the American dream, in this intimate and personal concert film co-directed by Thom Zimny and Springsteen himself. Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars album, released this summer, contains some of his "most beguiling work ever," in the words of Rolling Stone. He's trying new things musically, recording with a 30-piece orchestra and drawing inspiration from country ballads. The album begs to be heard through cinema speakers for its lush arrangements and storytelling. Even the characters in these songs belong to the movies. ("Once I was shot by John Wayne," boasts the B actor in the title track.) Springsteen has only performed the album live once — for a private audience at his farmhouse — and this documentary captures that experience. Standing at centre stage, he's flanked by an orchestra and his wife, Patti Scialfa. The archetypal character in these songs is a loner seeking redemption in love. In his memoir, Springsteen describes himself in similar terms, with Scialfa as his redeemer. Between songs, he reflects with a poetic rumination that expands on the themes of his Broadway show, "Springsteen on Broadway," describing the oppositional pulls of American life between the transient and the communal. One tug is to hit the road; the other is to build a family. After 19 studio albums, he says, "I'm still writing about cars." This is the first full-length film to carry Springsteen's name as director — partnered with his long-time collaborator Thom Zimny. As he turns 70 this fall, Springsteen never stops trying to expand himself artistically. His instincts are unfailing — all the way down to the surprise cover song slipped in at the end.”
  22. 7 points
    ...The clips of Him and Patti are quite heartwarming ...
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    I don't normally go to the cinema. I don't watch films on TV. I don't even watch films on planes. That cinema needs fumigating - those damn flies kept getting in my eyes.
  26. 6 points
    Went yesterday, first time in two years. An absolute fantastic day, rounded off with meeting Mo after the game in the petrol station.
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    My two favorite Tom Petty albums.
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    When I posted Bruce sounded 100, it was an observation, not a criticism. I also stated that, from the clips, he was singing fantastically. I was also speaking metaphorically to suggest that, to me at least, Bruce's speaking voice sounds noticeably different t my ears; there's a dry, husky, parched sound to it that wasn't there before. It was interesting to hear because if you compare it to someone like Dylan, whose vocals have deteriorated, or changed, dramatically, yet when he speaks he still has the speaking voice he had at twenty two, and the opposite seems to be the case with Bruce.
  30. 6 points
    "You never know what's gonna happen with new music. A certain kind of magic took place. The music began to take on a life of its own." Sounds as if he's a bit surprised by the reception this album has enjoyed.
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    For people commenting on how "old" Bruce sounds narrating this trailer, did you happen to listen to the audiobook of his autobiography? To me, he's sounded weary like this for several years now. Then again, he's always been a soft and raspy speaker when he's not on stage.
  32. 6 points
    (Before anyone gets excited and pisses themselves, I made this. This is not official)
  33. 6 points
    I know the album so well now that hearing it live in this film will be a whole other experience.
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    His singing sounds great from those snippets. I didn’t expect that. I’m really looking forward to it.
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    2005-05-05 ----》https://mega.nz/#F!qZtkUK5a!uYfr3anrB3HxSzfM3EZLUw I didn't correct the microgaps, i got this as is.
  40. 5 points
    Great photos, can't wait for the film
  41. 5 points
    You beat me to it. I wholeheartedly agree. I mean it certainly adds another layer for fellow Tramps, and if you dislike Bruce, well that’s another story... But for the most part I think there’s something there for any music fan who understands the power it can have; likewise for any of the subplots.
  42. 5 points
    I honestly don't think you need to be. We'll have more of an attachment but people do enjoy music films, that's why there's so many being made as of late. The father-son subplot will have many relating, boys and their dads.
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    The voice over narration gave me goose bumps. "I've spent 35 years trying to learn to let go of the destructive parts of my character. And I still have days where I struggle with it. We all have our broken pieces, emotionally, spiritually. No one gets away in this life unhurt." Wow.
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    If you're a creeper for going to the movies solo then so am I, went to see Blinded yesterday, probably had a better time by myself as a diehard. No one in my circles would get out of it what I do anyway, so best heading solo for these things. Don't need to worry about anyone else.
  47. 5 points
    I went to see Blinded by the Light yesterday, and they showed the trailer for the Western Stars movie...good job reaching the target audience! Looks great!
  48. 5 points
    Thank you for that. Great post and read. We all hope to be honoured when we are gone by great, true friends like you.
  49. 5 points
    Hmmm, was hoping for a blu-ray plus audio disks release of this for xmas. Don;t think that will happen now. Looks good though, I notice he's singing wild horses & not wild "orses in this. Wonder if he's been viewing these threads?
  50. 5 points
    ....Prove it all Night! ..and congratulations!!!