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.