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Everything posted by LoverInTheCold

  1. Love this thread! Keep 'em coming. Won't be back 'til January and need something to tide me over.
  2. I went to the '11 and '12 shows when I was living in New Brunswick, NJ and was down to AP on regular basis. I got lucky and Bruce came to both. But I love him backed by the Houserockers. I even went to Pittsburgh for Soliders & Sailors just because I like Bruce & Joe Grushecky together so much. So even if Bruce doesn't decide to show for the 20th, I'll still get to see Joe and spend some time in the old haunts. Probably gonna check out the exhibit at Monmouth too. Wasn't open yet when I was back this summer.
  3. Did anybody else grab LOD tickets this morning? I haven't been since 2012, and I know Bruce hasn't shown in a few years, but I figured with it being the 20th Anniversary I'd come back out for this one. To be honest, being back in AP and seeing Grushecky is worth the trip for me alone. And you never know, Bruce could consider this a warm up for the hopefully impending band tour. I wouldn't consider it likely, but it's not like he hasn't been busy the last few years. Anybody else grab tix? I'd love to have to drinks and or meet up with old friends and/or Lakers I've never met in person.
  4. Here's a fun little item for you: Handwritten Lyrics Handwritten. Only $2500. Might be lyrics, might be a grocery list. Who knows.
  5. Though it was written in the '90s, it might be the best song Bruce has released in the 21st Century.
  6. FIRE ON THE WING. That is all. The Great White Whale of the known but unknown WIESS outtakes. The released outtakes from this period are some of the most inventive, unique and wildly romantic of Bruce's career. After BTR, he would never again write this way or with this fervor. When Landau came on board, Bruce began to scale back, reign in and favor the songwriting approaches that came to define the transitionary period between DARKNESS and THE RIVER, eventually becoming the writer we know today. So even though this unknown song could be a complete dud, based on period and title alone, it's the one outtake I want to take a chance on more than any other.
  7. Frankie can be a pain depending on your key choice. There are some flats and sharps in it that are fairly atypical for Bruce's material around the time it was written. It's a far more intricate song than it's given credit for.
  8. You're going to love BBTL! It's beautifully strange how so many of us can be separated by oceans of differences in culture and life experiences, yet somehow all have the same reaction to finding and falling in love with Bruce's music.
  9. Has Bruce changed my life? Absolutely. I'm 100% positive I wouldn't be the same person if Bruce had never been in my life. My father was a huge fan, so Bruce has always been in my life. I grew up with Bruce in one way or another. From the time I was born (1984) it's been non-stop Bruce. Some of my earliest memories involve scooting around to any number of Bruce albums. Long trips in the car with nothing but Bruce on the stereo. It didn't click with me at that age. I knew it all, but I didn't get it. I was too young to appreciate it. Fathers and sons. It's a big deal in the Springsteen mythos. And it was a big deal with me. I had a really tough time relating to my father growing up. Very similar circumstances as Bruce. I first started really listening to Bruce when I was in Junior High, mostly to try and relate to my dad. I wanted to understand what he saw in Bruce's music that I hadn't yet figured out. I thought it would help bridge the problems that kept us apart. And while it never really did that to the extent I wanted it to, something else curious happened. I fell in love with Bruce's music and his message. The music I had always known consumed me in a whole different way. It became a mantra for my entire life and something that would follow me for the decades to come. And that, ironically, has perhaps been my own father's greatest gift to me. It's because of Bruce. All of Bruce, that I became the man I am today. I developed my sense of empathy, my social conscience , my integrity because of him. He was the teacher, the father figure, the friend I needed. And all of this, even though I've met the guy only briefly, all of once. That invisible bond we all share with him. The one that keeps telling us we know him and he knows us. I believe in who he is as a person. I believe in his politics. I believe in his passion. It's all a part of his music and message, and the mythology he's presented to us since the early 1970s. He's been with me my whole life. And I've doing the hardcore fan thing for 20+ years now. All the shows, the relationships, the memories. There's simply no way I'd be the same person without him. Doesn't mean I'd be a bad guy, just someone else. So if you just dig the guy's music, I could see how it would be strange to think he'd be able to change somebody's life. But when you believe in the entirety of the person, everything he stands for and all that comes with it, it's pretty hard for him not to change your life.
  10. Probably Radio Nowhere for me. There's such great drive in that song. Never liked Badlands as an opener personally. Always felt it was something to be worked up to.
  11. I'm not a tattoo guy and would probably never get one, but that full back tattoo is awesome. So many little Easter Eggs to be found. Love the 39 1/2 Institute Street shout out.
  12. Thanks so much for the listens! It warms my heart to know that other Brucies have taken the time to listen to my original songs. If not for Bruce, I'd have never picked up a guitar, so it's an absolute honor for you to hear some homages and hints to the songs we all adore! Much love and thanks.
  13. Hi Andre! Thanks so much for taking the time to listen and comment. I appreciate the kind words and hope you are well. My best to you in Germany!
  14. Didn't see the big R for Rutgers anywhere. So I guess it's the exit sign for me. I lived for 6 years in New Brunswick when my wife taught there. Best years of my life.
  15. Saw it last night. Thought it was great. It's cheesy in parts, but it comes from such an honest place and with so much heart that it's hard not to root for it.
  16. Every time I hear sax in a mix, I can't help but think it's not as good as Clarence. The Big Man's style and skill always cut through like a buzzsaw.
  17. I gave up trying to explain it years ago. I used to care if other people "got it" like I did, then I realized that the less people who love him, the more there is for me. I mean, there are people who legitimately feel Kid Rock is the greatest musician of all time. If that's the case, why bother worrying about what non-Brucies think.
  18. I wholeheartedly agree. I remember coming home from Storytellers, desperate to hear it again when the album came out, and then getting a version that's basically a dud or at the very least a shell of the live solo piano. So disappointing.
  19. Fair enough. I would, however, argue that a song as cemented in the repertoire as NS doesn't exactly need additional threads to expound upon its legacy. JWAOS, on the other hand, could easily (and maybe has) become one of the many lost and overlooked great songs the man has. So bringing it to mind every once and a while, especially for those who may have missed out on other versions if they didn't like the album cut and hit the skip button is a worthy effort.
  20. Anybody else feel that Jesus Was an Only Son is one of Bruce's most underrated songs? I personally feel it's some of his most poignant writing of this century. The lyrics are just phenomenal. Full disclosure, I'm particularly partial to it as I was there in the audience the night Bruce premiered it at Storytellers in Red Bank in '05. I should also point out that while I'm not a particularly religious person, I don't think I've ever had a stronger, more personal, and affecting reaction to a live song than the one I had being there that night. I like how Bruce talked about approaching the subject matter from the secular perspective as it gives the song a very unique and human feel. While I was never particularly impressed with the organ driven version Bruce put on the album, especially having heard the solo piano first, the song has stuck with me over the years and there are still days I live deeply in that memory of hearing it for the first time. If for some reason you've never seen Storytellers and haven't heard that version, the link from Bruce's official Youtube is below: Jesus Was an Only Son (Storytellers) Just thought I'd throw this post up tonight because I never see much love for D&D or this song in particular.
  21. I've been lucky enough to hear both Caddy and Crush on You. Never got Human Touch though.