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Posts posted by LoverInTheCold

  1. 12 minutes ago, BrilliantDisguise said:

    I'm not going for this show and I haven't gone in a couple of years.  I've been a few times and saw Bruce there a few times (got a wave once too) so I'm happy with that.  I'm sure Bruce will be there for the 20th.

    I did attend the 1st Annual Christmas Show last year.  That was really good too.

    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.

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  2. 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. 

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  3. 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. 


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  4. On 3/29/2019 at 6:28 AM, fadeaway said:

    Nils mentioned on E Street Radio that Frankie is kinda tough to play. Have any of you tried it and find it challenging? 

    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.

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  5. 8 minutes ago, MacBruce said:

    Hearing Bruce for the first time in my last year at school in 1982 = Life changing event.

    Seeing Bruce for the first time in Newcastle in 1985 = seriously life changing event.

    I'm looking forward to seeing Blinded by the Light because having read the book and seeing Sarfraz's one man show at the Edinburgh Fringe about 7 years ago, it's almost as if it is my life story as a Bruce fan as well as his. His music and songs have influence my life like no other artist has ever came near to doing. After I had heard and seen Bruce for the first time everything else just seemed second rate. I knew I had found my lifetime music hero.

    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. 

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  6. On 8/7/2019 at 9:12 AM, Thunder Roadie said:


    Found this one on the internet, but the overall impact is 'messy'

    Image result for bruce springsteen tattoos


    You'd be gutted if you had this one....Image result for bruce springsteen tattoos




    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. 

  7. 5 hours ago, bettertohaveloved said:



    I Left My Heart is fantastic! Just enough of 'Rosie' to make a fan smile .. your voice is amazing!

    Now to listen to the other one.

    Well done that man!

    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.

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  8. On 8/7/2019 at 5:56 AM, andre said:

    Hey Jake,

    beautiful song! Thanks for sharing. I also gave your songs "Maria" and "Suicide Hill" a listen - very good songs as well. Highly recommened for all fellow lakers out there :)


    Thumbs up and greetings from Germany,



    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!

  9. 7 hours ago, Bosstralian said:

    Great post. I love this song. (And I heard it on the album long before a live version, so my appreciation of it started there).

    The verse that begins with "There's a loss that can never be replaced..." is as powerful as anything in the catalogue for me. Beautiful writing.

    It's certainly not underrated by me... in my post reunion Top 10, maybe even Top 5 on a good day.

    That's my favorite verse as well. 

  10. 7 minutes ago, Jertucky said:

     Bizarre that this is on here as I just listened to it about ten minutes ago for the first time in several years. I love the song. I love the approach of Mary as not the mother of god but as the mother of a suffering child. And I love the thought of Jesus as not just the son of God, but the son of an earthly mother. The image of him reading a book at his mother’s feet is beautiful imagery.

    Well said.

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  11. 22 minutes ago, Kay said:

    The writing is beautiful but the dullness of the sound and the vocals don't do it for me.  

    Can't listen to it except for on my beloved Devils boots.  Everything sounds better on them babies.  

    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.

  12. 14 minutes ago, Paolo's Circus Story said:

    I wouldn't say it's underrated at all. Like a majority of Springsteen songs it's held in high regard as an excellent piece of songwriting and there are several versions of the song that are lovely. 

    I get where you're coming from but a song not having respective threads on Greasy Lake or not being brought up frequently doesn't mean it's not rated highly. I can't remember the last time I saw a big discussion about, well I don't know so erm, "No Surrender", but that doesn't mean it's not revered.

    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. 

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  13. 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. 


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  14. 2 hours ago, Junglelander said:

    It definitely is! It was one of the songs I had always hoped to hear live and I’m beyond thankful that he was gracious enough to oblige. Crush on You would be amazing live I’m sure. I’d love to hear either that or Cadillac Ranch. There is always the upcoming E Street tour so im hopeful.

    I've been lucky enough to hear both Caddy and Crush on You. Never got Human Touch though.

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