berlintramp

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  1. I just got a great present although my birthday will not be until next month. But ten minutes past midnight, my kindle showed "Long Walk Home", the new book about Bruce, has arrived. I ordered it in May when it was first announced and scheduled to come out today. Cause for celebration! I guess I won't get much sleep tonight
  2. There is no way I can express adequately what Bruce means to me, even now, after over 40 years of faithfully following him. Different background, different upbringing – but there was my early yearning to get out, to leave all the narrowness behind me, to just drive away. Which I couldn’t. I didn’t have a car, and I couldn’t even drive at the time. I just stood on a bridge above a freeway in Germany and dreamed myself away. When I came to the States at age 20 to study at a university in a small town, there was that urge again. And there were others; we would just jump into a car and drive and drive, with no apparent aim or destination. We were trying to shake something off, and didn’t know for sure what it was. Some years later, back in Europe, I (finally!) discovered Springsteen, and he expressed those things perfectly. Born to Run, Thunder Road, those were the signature tunes then. And more than others, Independence Day. I have been hooked ever since, not just because of the music, but because of the lyrics and the emotions expressed. Poetry is something I have always lived with – German poets whose names will mean nothing to most of you, and the great English and American poets. And here was this scruffy kid with not much formal education who wrote lyrics that went straight to the heart and the soul. He has emerged from those beginnings as a mature person, well read, of firm convictions, a deep human understanding and the undiminished talent to express those things in prose and songs. And being able to let rip on stage and have fun as well. The closeness I feel to this man has something to do, no doubt, with the fact that we are contemporaries – I am two years his senior. And the stages he has gone through resemble mine. Without his talent and genius, of course. So, happy birthday, Bruce. Stay hungry, stay alive. Keep the black dog at bay.
  3. There is no way I can express adequately what Bruce means to me, even now, over 40 years of faithfully following him. I couldn’t do a broadcast with “favorite” Springsteen songs. Because the favorites vary. He is so adaptable, he fits any mood and any life circumstances. And I would need more that two hours. Many more. Different background, different upbringing – but there was my early yearning to get out, to leave all the narrowness behind me, to just drive away. Which I couldn’t. I didn’t have a car, and I couldn’t even drive at the time. I just stood on a bridge above a freeway in Germany and dreamed myself away. When I came to the States at age 20 to study at a university in a small town, there was that urge again. And there were others; we would just jump into a car and drive and drive, with no apparent aim or destination. We were trying to shake something off, and didn’t know for sure what it was. Some years later, back in Europe, I (finally!) discovered Springsteen, and he expressed those things perfectly. Born to Run, Thunder Road, those were the signature tunes then. And more than others, Independence Day. I have been hooked ever since, not just because of the music, but because of the lyrics and the emotions expressed. Poetry is something I have always lived with – German poets whose names will mean nothing to most of you, and the great English and American poets. And here was this scruffy kid with not much formal education who wrote lyrics that went straight to the heart and the soul. He has emerged from those beginnings as a mature person, well read, of firm convictions and the undiminished talent to express them in prose and songs. And being able to let rip on stage and have fun as well. The closeness I feel to this man has something to do, no doubt, with the fact that we are contemporaries – I am two years his senior. And the stages he has gone through resemble mine. Without the talent and the genius, of course. So, happy birthday, Bruce. Stay hungry, stay alive. Keep the black dog at bay.
  4. When I am working in the kitchen and don't have a hand free to turn on the stereo, I just tell Alexa to play "Springsteen songs". And to my great surprise, the mix contained almost all of WS and some of the soundtracks from "Blinded by the Light". Before, the sequence was rather predictable.
  5. Oh, come on! It doesn't talk about mass murder or similarly depressing topics.
  6. And here I am in Berlin and can't find a reference that they have even heard of the movie, much less have scheduled showing times
  7. Hardly anyone noticed that I posted this around midday in the "What shall we talk about" thread because it made the news here in Germany probably before the States. I hope I didn't tread on anyone's toes because I didn't know there are reserved topics for some posters?
  8. The whole song is based on actual occurences - gambling commission, DA etc It's brilliant the way he worked that in.
  9. I can never listen to this without bawling like a child. It sums up the sacrifice of so many perfectly.
  10. So, if everyone is premature, I will be, too. I am hoping that there will be a turn for the good this coming year for you. With many happy returns I combine good wishes for your other half and his health, possibilities of work for you and the chance to have your tomcat neutered so he doesn't spray everything, causing problems in the house. ABOVE ALL: KEEP YOUR HEAD UP AND LOOK FOR THE STARS INSTEAD OF SEEING ONLY THE DIRT UNDER YOUR FEET. Have a very good birthday, Daisey.
  11. I can really, really recommend that to everyone here!
  12. I won't bore you with the same story I have told several times here. Suffice it to say that the opening riff of The Ties the Bind was all that was needed. 1978!!
  13. Isn't that normal behaviour for Bruce fans?
  14. What is so surprising about Bruce starting to look his age? I'll be 72 in October, I am grey and plump and I couldn't care less about it. When people say, oh, you don't look your age, I don't take it as a compliment. It's none of my doing. It just happens however your genes dictate. (It was much worse when I was young. When I was 20 I looked 14 and hated that) I know it might be different for someone who goes up on stage. Keeping up apperances must be a temptation. But when he is up there, I agree, it's Bruce I see and not a man of whatever age.
  15. The above is a run-of-the-mill statement. The "stones in my mouth" are a poetic expression which leaves you with images: How uncomfortable that would feel (should feel because you lied), how weighed down you would be, how tongue-tied when accused because you could not speak...
  16. The ladies are coming to lunch. They are always a lively bunch - but GREASY they're not as you can readliy spot when they sit there together and munch.
  17. Most flannel is made of cotton. Just to set the record straight. There is such a thing as wool flannel, but the overwhelming amount is made of cotton. There are numerous fibres made of cotton, all known under other names: chino, chintz, corduroy, twill, crepe, damask, denim, drill, flannel, fleece, gingham, jaquard, jersey, organdy, plaid, poplin, sateen, seersucker, velour. It all depends how you treat the cotton fibre what you end up with.
  18. As it's the end of October it will be the last lunch before the infamous Brexit. Enjoy!
  19. Just to underscore what @whispered secret has written: Have none of you who object to that line NEVER felt as if the misery of the whole world had settled upon your shoulders? As if NO ONE ever had felt such crushing despair so you could not feel rather not to have been born? Of course that is a grotesque exaggeration, but it is a young person's priviledge to feel that way!
  20. For a change, I just listened to Bruce's first two albums instead of Western Stars. It struck me that his singing voice then was just as thin and reedy as his speaking voice in the WS trailer. Not a matter of age, then.
  21. 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...