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Beautiful Loser

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  1. People on the internet always go on and on in fervent discussions about who is the best guitarist or the best drummer ever. I’m far interested in the power of the human voice in song, far more immediate to the heart of the listener and far more impressive. Judy is my number one favorite singer. She’s the only one who’s actually made me cry while listening to her sing. Nobody else has ever done that or has the capability to. It takes only three and a half minutes to understand why I love her. (Sadly In 240p but the one on YouTube is cut a minute short for some dumb reason)
  2. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - Sweet Thing (1975) Sweet soul music, baby!
  3. @soulcrusader78 Nice to see a fellow Judy Garland fan. She’s my all-time favorite singer. I just love her.
  4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Louisiana Rain, Damn The Torpedoes, 1979. God I miss him.
  5. I wonder if this is going to be virtual, held from different locations where everyone is given the pandemic. Anyway, congrats Jon. I’m also happy to see Depeche Mode get their due, I’m a huge fan.
  6. I never thought of 'Moonlight Motel' as a sequel to 'Thunder Road' and 'The Promise', I don't quite see how it connects. Anyway, I know they're on the same album, one after the other, but I always saw 'Two Faces' as a precursor to 'Brilliant Disguise', that one led directly into the other, story-wise. Also 'Shut Out The Light' - 'Born In The U.S.A' - 'Brothers Under The Bridge'
  7. I’ve somehow only read Born To Run once. I want to read it again very soon, but this time the audiobook. I’m not usually an audiobook guy, I but I like the idea of the Boss telling his story into my ears.
  8. Just listened to 'Roll of the Dice' for the first time in quite a while, I forgot how much it pops like a dozen Black Cats, over virtually every other song from its era. I haven't listened to either Human Touch or Lucky Town in a very long time, largely because they didn't do much for me. Still, I ought to revisit them.
  9. Peter Ames Carlin. I enjoyed his book, Bruce. I knew I would because I’m a hardcore Beach Boys/Brian Wilson fanatic, I know a lot about them, and his book on Brian Wilson was illuminating even to me. But I still loved Bruce’s book more than Carlin’s. Bruce is one of our greatest storytellers and telling his own story, I mean, I was glued to just about every page. As for talking about his marriage with Julianne Phillips, maybe there wasn’t much to tell about it, maybe he felt that some of the songs on Tunnel of Love summed it up neatly, or maybe it was too brief in his life (keep in mind that he was often on the road) to really dwell upon.
  10. @stillilllife I’ve been homeless before so I very much feel that line (even though I’ve never slept in the backseat of borrowed car). It’s a phenomenal line so it was worth bending it a little to fit in the flow of the song. In fact, the line interrupting the flow makes the power of that line hit home a little more for the listener. That’s what a great songwriter does.
  11. He’s a phenomenal author. Born To Run is the best biography/autobiography I’ve ever read by far. Listening to his music makes me feel like I’m his friend. Reading that book made me feel like I’m his brother. I guess the point is that the man is uniquely gifted at more than just being a rocker. Celebrate all of it.
  12. Solo piano BY FAR. The 18 Tracks '99 version is the essential one. It simply doesn't have anywhere near its true power in the band version.
  13. I find Tunnel of Love a more affecting album with more heart than Born To Run or Darkness. 'Moonlight Motel' is Bruce's best new song in twenty five years. Talking about 'New York City Serenade', it's better than everything else on The Wild and Innocent...combined.
  14. I guess I kinda have another one. When I was a kid, back in the mid to late '80s, my mom (who is directly responsible for me falling in love with the music of Bob Seger as a boy, my first taste of the wonders of not only rock n' roll but music as a whole) would play Born In The USA allll the time in the car and I...hated it. This was the guy that was a rocker in the same vein as Seger? I couldn't hear that. Most of all, I found Bruce's voice lacking compared to the warm Detroit rasp of Seger (whose voice is very nearly as familiar to me as my mom's or brother's). It took me a good 17 years to realize what an idiot I was. I discovered Nebraska and lost my sh*t at the unreal brilliance of the songwriting and went to pick up everything, even warming up to BITUSA. Ah well, Mr. Slow on the Uptake over here.
  15. https://tascam.com/us/support/news/481 It seems Scott was tasked with getting a master off Bruce’s tape. Nowhere in that part of the article does Plotkin’s name pop up. I should have also given thanks to Steve King and Bob Ludwig as well. Perhaps Chuck oversaw the whole thing as well. If so, thanks to him too.
  16. No, but I’m a big Bruce Springsteen fan. If you’re insinuating that Western Stars sounds like ABBA, I ain’t hearing anything close to that. Like the rest of his albums, it sounds like Bruce.
  17. I rank Western Stars over every Bruce album of this century so far except The Rising, and even then, it's really close. Then Devils And Dust in third, then Magic in fourth.
  18. If he does indeed tour again in 2022 at the earliest according to his comments, I’ll save up, see if I can work extra if necessary and go see him. I’ll crawl over broken glass. Here’s hoping.
  19. I would like to shake that man’s hand, vigorously. If it weren’t for his hard work and thinking outside the box, Nebraska wouldn’t have been the album it is. Thanks for that @estband, quite informative. I especially loved his appreciation for Tunnel of Love and he’s right, it’s great sounding album, just one part of its unique beauty.
  20. Jesus, am I the only one who loves ‘Livin’ In The Future’?
  21. The highway is alive tonight but is he kidding us all about what he heard I'm sitting down here in the campfire light dissecting each and every word
  22. 'Breakaway' from the Darkness sessions. I hear how this might've fed into 'Something In The Night'. Damn good.
  23. Oh how did I forget 'Waitin' On A Sunny Day'? It's only been one of my top ten faves since I first heard it! Same with 'Highway Patrolman', only more so. Sorry, 'New York City Serenade', you get bumped out of the top ten. Too late to edit my post, so to hell with it, here instead is my TOP TWENTY-FIVE favorite Bruce songs: 1. Racing In The Street 2. Cautious Man 3. Prove It All Night 4. One Step Up 5. Atlantic City 6. Highway Patrolman 7. My Hometown 8. Waitin' On A Sunny Day 9. Secret Garden 10. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out 11. Moonlight Motel 12. New York City Serenade 13. Brilliant Disguise 14. Backstreets 15. The Promise (solo piano '99) 16. She's The One 17. Born To Run 18. Candy's Room 19. Tunnel of Love 20. Tougher Than The Rest 21. Hungry Heart 22. Thunder Road 23. Dancing In The Dark 24. Stolen Car 25. Reason To Believe *whew* Sorry about all that.
  24. Jesus, I can't wait to hear this song. And as someone who wants to be a songwriter, I kinda want to nick "last chance lovers". Of course the greatest songwriter in the world would junk good lines if it didn't ultimately fit his narrative. I'm always learning from him. On the handwriting, I remember loving his Songs book, which was full of the lyrics for each song from each album up to that point. It included pictures of some of his handwritten notes and the like while writing for Darkness, and I soaked up all I could, given his handwriting. I've noticed that some of the most creative, brilliant songwriters have bad handwriting. John Lennon did too. Guess that doesn't bode well for me, I have pretty good, legible handwriting. Anyway
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