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Everything posted by LoverInTheCold

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. I've been lucky enough to hear both Caddy and Crush on You. Never got Human Touch though.
  16. Human Touch is quite the rarity in its own right!
  17. I was there that night, Shane! We heard him soundcheck it and I just about lost it! It was brilliant.
  18. You know what'd be really cool would be to play Thunder Road as the opener (just Bruce and Roy) and then Bruce solo acoustic Moonlight Motel to end the shows. I just feel the two songs are intrinsically linked to one another and to have them bookend the shows would be phenomenal.
  19. Steering back to the possible release, I put together a three disc concept for Tracks II. This is what I'd like to see. Honestly, I'm not completely sold on the third disc and it could probably be cut down to two. But seeing as Bruce has stuff we've never even come close to sniffing, it could easily go to four, five or even six discs too. DISC ONE The Chosen [One of, if not the only, true uncirculating outtake from Greetings] Phantoms [Remastered; music track became Zero & Terry] Evacuation of the West [Remastered] Fire on the Wing [WIESS outtake. Probably the most sought after uncirculating outtake in Bruce’s catalog. Master exists as it was considered for Tracks. My #1 as the circulating WIESS outtakes are the most intriguing to me due to their capturing the vibrancy and romanticism of early Bruce] Lonely Night in the Park [Remastered] Walking in the Street (Lovers in the Cold) [Remaster or re-record as Bruce claimed they couldn’t find the master for Tracks] Janey Needs a Shooter [Spanish-flared full band version recorded during BTR sessions] Thunder Road [Early solo acoustic take] Preacher’s Daughter [Remastered] Castaway (The Ballad) [Remastered or re-record] Janey Needs a Shooter II [Darkness/River era version; Might need to be a re-record as the circulating is a band rehearsal] Angelyne [River sessions backing track exists, vocal re-record] Jole Blon [River sessions backing track exists, vocal re-record] Chevrolet Deluxe [Remastered] The Losin’ Kind [Remastered] Child Bride [Remastered] DISC TWO Richfield Whistle [Remastered] Protection [Remastered] Glory Days [Extended version with extra verse] The Klansman [Remastered] Seven Tears [Remastered] Follow that Dream [Remastered] Sugarland [Remastered] Don’t Back Down [Remastered] Club Soul City [Backing Track Exists; vocal re-record] Savin’ Up [Remastered] Drop On Down (And Cover Me) [Remastered] Unsatisfied Heart [Remastered; might be the best song Bruce has never released] Betty Jean [Remastered] Light of Day [Appears that backing track was recorded at the very least; deserves a proper release] Ida Rose [No One Knows] [Uncirculating but considered for Tracks; There are a number of unknown and uncirculating BUSA outtakes but this one’s title has always intrigued me] King’s Highway [Uncirculating but considered for Tracks] DISC THREE Walking Through Midnight [TOL outtake co-written with Southside Johnny (who released it later); might need to be a new recording as it was likely never cut] Red-Headed Woman [Uncirculating as studio take] Homestead [Remastered; co-written with Joe Gruschecky] Blind Spot [Uncirculating 1994 recording; said to be amazing] Between Heaven and Earth [Uncirculating 1994 recording] Blood Brothers [Rock Version] Tiger Rose [Uncirculating GOTJ outtake] Idiot’s Delight [Uncirculating GOTJ outtake] I’m Turning into Elvis [Uncirculating GOTJ outtake] It’s the Little Things that Count [Uncirculating GOTJ outtake] I’ll Stand You Always [Released on Blinded by the Light Soundtrack] In Freehold [Rising sessions recording?] Pilgrim in the Temple of Love [Rising sessions recording?] American Man [WB outtake; uncirculating] Cold Spot [High Hopes outtake; uncirculating] Devils & Dust [Full band cut; probably never recorded but considering the results of the live performances they should]
  20. If you got Mary Queen of Arkansas, that's no small feat. That's a Babe Ruth rookie card right there.