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  1. Is an interesting article. Not sure how much of it I agree with. Also, I’m honestly not sure how much of it I fully understand. But the point about Born in the USA is one I’ve made for years. If he wanted it be a serious and sober song he shouldn’t have made it sound like a patriotic anthem. That’s not on the people listening, that’s on him laying it out as he did. It certainly made him a ton of money. It also touches on Bruce’s idea of the middle. I honestly don’t think Bruce has a great grasp of the middle of the country. He still talks about growing up in the small town of Freehold, NJ which he would not try to sell if he had a real awareness of what constitutes a small town outside of New Jersey.
  2. Interesting. I felt 4 was most like an actual conversation whereas the other 3 felt more like Obama interviewing Bruce.
  3. Slim Dunlap was the Replacements’ replacement for Bob Stinson. Great to see Bruce branch out in their direction. In the book titled Trouble Boys about the Replacements, Paul Westerberg mentions that every Christmas season he listens to a particular Springsteen song. Can’t remember which one off the top of my head (I’ll have to dust it off and figure it out) but it was not a song you think of as bringing Yuletide joy.
  4. I’m about 20 minutes in. Loved Obama’s story about his first trip to the mainland. Edit: Just finished it. Definitely the most enjoyable for me.
  5. Who is shocked by- or uncomfortable about- Bruce discussing party politics? I haven’t seen anybody in here say they are shocked or uncomfortable about it.
  6. Hmmmm...... I don’t really get all this. Where Bruce takes heat and gets annoying (to me at least) is when he is party political. When he wants the “other party” to meet in his middle, which is obviously not the middle overall. His music is still enjoyable though.
  7. No, it’s just boring. Racing in the Street is a quieter song but not boring. Racing has some passion to it, Promise doesn’t. It’s not the lyrics, it’s the delivery I guess.
  8. If people are seeing politics in what he is saying that is most likely brought on by him who has chosen to become political. Im not sure what your comment about “point scoring” means.
  9. Yeah, Obama always struck me as a good dude. Like W. Regardless of politics I like both. When Obama talks, Bruce doesn’t have much to say. It’s a little awkward. Bruce does most of his talking when asked direct questions but otherwise gives a lot of “yeah” responses.
  10. Thanks for posting that. I don’t know, it just doesn’t do anything for me. Again, lyrics are not the issue. Just kind of slow and plodding for me.
  11. I really only know the released version from the box set. I don’t really think much of it. Kind of boring in the way it’s sung. Not bad lyrically, just kind of a sleepy, passionless song. Is there a better, more lively version to be heard?
  12. No stained glass, sadly. Most importantly though, we have a really good priest. His sermon every week is basically, “Be nice!”.
  13. That’s a good point. Oddly though, we didn’t seem to deal with much international terrorism during the Trump years, did we? Unless my memory is shot (spoiler alert: My memory is absolutely shot!), I don’t recall any major incidents.
  14. My church was built to look like a barn. And has no kneelers. Been atttending for over 20 years and still adjusting to it.
  15. I’m about done with the first episode. So far it’s not really much of a conversation but a couple of comments from Obama and lot of talking from Bruce. I really do enjoy listening to Obama in the conversational setting though. I haven’t always agreed with him politically but I have always liked him (from a distance) personally.
  16. Sorry for having some fun. Let’s get back to the very serious business of Bruce Springsteen. I’ll now bow my head in reverence and contemplate the deep meaning of Blinded by the Light.
  17. I’m about a half hour in and I’m enjoying it. Then again, I could listen to any two people discuss anything and be amused by it. I do find it interesting to hear Bruce continue to refer to Freehold as a small town. He stated the population as 10,000 (which it probably was when he was growing up but it’s now more than tripled that total) which in a vacuum may qualify as a small town. I grew up not far from Freehold and thought I grew up in a small town as well. That was until I left Jersey and found out what a small town really is. My small town bordered seamlessly upon another small town which borders seamlessly upon the next small town....... Where we really grew up was a small segment of a highly populated area.
  18. “It’s bad enough that you drove away after drinking tequila, but why did you have to release Western Stars?”
  19. Possibly. It won’t help me understand why he(?)- or anyone else for that matter- wouldn’t just sign up for Spotify. Seems easier than wanting somebody to make an mp3 file for him. Not that I really care, just intrigued.
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