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  1. These lines from @Buddhabone are so prescient to what I wanted to say I should start with them. "taught me to be me, and only me. Thats what Bruce has taught me with his music. "All you need to do is risk being your true self." I was born with secrets that I have carried through my life, and when I heard this music, it taught me to love myself despite them, I cut them loose as they were dragging me down." I came to Bruce through BITUSA but unlike my peers I stayed with Bruce and it was Darkness that kept me at his metaphorical side. Many of you have read the introvert/extrovert thread so you know I live in my head. If you want a musician to speak to an introvert you need to go beyond a Justin Beiber (no offense Justin). You need someone with something real and resonant to say. Someone worth having a conversation in your head with. Not someone whose lyrics sends your brain off into a mental stocktake of what is in the pantry. Bruce was and is that for me. Additionally I was not born with secrets but beeping heck I had some thrust upon me and that line about cutting them loose before they drag you down still hits me years after I managed to do just that. I have always felt that Bruce knew he was liberating others, not just himself, with those lines. I thank him for it. And for getting me off my arse and dancing through many three hour sets. I love Bruce and I don't even care that he doesn't even know I exist. One of the rare cases of unrequited love working out for both parties. Happy Birthday old man. May you get much, much, much older and enjoy every darn second of it.
  2. I have not posted an EW pic for a while but she is still here trying to keep me from leaving the house or go to bed without her permission.
  3. I have news about Steve, I'm just not sure how to break it to you...
  4. Oh man @jukebox I could own every word of that rant. Sooo me. The other thing I confess to do doing is stopping in front of the idiots peering at their phone and saying "heads up" really loudly.
  5. Is that the recently retired ALP Treasurer, and well known Springsteen fan, Wayne Swan?
  6. I HAD to buy a new iPod today (don't talk to me about music on phones!!) because I cannot listen to Bruce on a stupid iPod that I have dropped too many times and now stops and starts randomly and has me muttering "f^&* off" vociferously in public (to the shock of strangers) when it, again randomly, says "Siri not available - you are not connected to the internet". The things I do for you Bruce!
  7. Would have to sit and work out the full list but I know one of my faves I have only heard once live - Point Blank.
  8. Sadly only in my heart because right now it is Monday morning and I have to start work. Thankfully though it is work that will go much faster with some music. I wonder what I should listen to????
  9. Well it certainly started on Saturday, it may or may not have finished on Saturday...
  10. I did indeed love it. Only song that so far has not really grabbed me is Wayfarer but I will give it time to grow on me. The first listening was probably the most relaxed I have felt in months. Whatever else is wrong in the world Bruce has new music out there.
  11. I'm waiting for Saturday when there are no distractions whatsoever. I need to be alone with Bruce. Hang on, let me rephrase that. I need to be alone so I can listen to it for the first time in peace and quiet.
  12. I hope you packed a snack and a drink Roy cause I love the thought of you being rumbled by the cops and trying drunkely, with slurring words, explain that you needed to break in because you wanted to get lucky and human touch.
  13. Where did you find my baby picture Daisey?
  14. Feel sad that I let out a huge breath when I read this intro to the Guardian review, I should be more adult than that: The 19th Bruce Springsteen album has been heralded as a dramatic break from tradition. So dramatic, in fact, that in the interviews accompanying its release, Western Stars’ author has felt impelled to reassure fans that he’ll be back recording and touring with the E Street Band later this year.