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Jay777

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  1. As long as you say you were going to check your eyesight you'll be fine
  2. There has already been a brilliant song about that very delivery...
  3. Key facet of a ballad is narrative and third party narration...a sung story told by the balladeer...
  4. Interesting to consider (perhaps) that although we associate a ballad today with a slower number, the traditional definition would contain repetition, verses, narrative form, dialogue and almost always third person narration. The latter feature would discount several of those listed above - although there are plenty of others in the canon who do fit...
  5. Because presumably being a fan implies a level of enthusiasm that is beyond the minor?
  6. It's interesting - there's a little cabal of British actors who are huge Springsteen fans and often slip it into their work - Gervais (used BTR in The Office and Cemetery Junction is very influenced by Bruce); Stephen Merchant is a massive Bruce fan and is on record talking about him, always at gigs; Brydon slipped him in to one of The Trips and again is always at gigs; Toby Jones is a massive fan and regular at gigs. No doubt people can think of others. What's interesting is all of them go back to the relatively early days and seem to have started their fandom between 81 and 84.
  7. It's interesting - there's a little cabal of British actors who are huge Springsteen fans and often slip it into their work - Gervais (used BTR in The Office and Cemetery Junction is very influenced by Bruce); Stephen Merchant is a massive Bruce fan and is on record talking about him, always at gigs; Brydon slipped him in to one of The Trips and again is always at gigs; Toby Jones is a massive fan and regular at gigs. No doubt people can think of others. What's interesting is all of them go back to the relatively early days and seem to have started their fandom between 81 and 84.
  8. A thought : it isn't made for the already-converted but for the general public to whom Bruce Springsteen is Dancing In The Dark and Rob Bryson is a bigger name. Whether you like its tone or not, it isn't a badly made film technically and it observes a mash up of conventions of Bollywood, film musicals and rom coms. You might not like it or have enjoyed it - I found it harmless enough - but it seems a lot of folk are criticising it essentially for not reflecting their vision of Springsteen's music or the seriousness with which they might view his work. This isn't a film about Springsteen; it's a film that uses his music and life ethos - generally reasonably successfully - to tell a simple narrative of teenage self-development amidst cultural churning. That it crosses racial bridges - often fairly clunkily - is enough to give the use of the music a pass.
  9. Thanks for highlighting this; I hadn't come across this site before. What a treasure trove.
  10. Enjoyed that - and I haven't had the chance to read through the whole thread - but is it me or he he having problems with his choppers? It sounds like he is singing out of one side of his mouth slightly - though maybe the two camera angles contribute to that? Also not being able to get to the hairdressers and the botox shop during lock down, never mind the general physiological impact of isolation and the routine changes it brings - mean that he looks his age - which of course is fine. It does make me wonder whether we will see him in stadia again. Part of me hopes we don't for his sake. He'd clearly be so much better served by working theatres and small arenas going forward. Otherwise the E Street Band will be his artistic and physical downfall, if they are his bankable mass chips.
  11. Thanks for this. I loved it when it came out and it was good to see again. For me this lays to rest any argument that Bruce is best served by the E Street Band in whatever form. This suppleness and muscularity of this collection - especially the rhythm section which gives Nils particularly room to move - is superb.
  12. They're holding a committee of treason and lies Double speak and sedition then somebody dies
  13. You fall in love with lonely you end up that way
  14. I'm just calling one last time to say....
  15. Am about 15 mins behind and enjoying it. Who was the Tyler he referred to before the Burnside? Is there anyway of sharing this with anyone who ISN'T a sick enough fucker to be logged on here sharing the love with the other crazies in the cellar? TIA.
  16. Well I can tell you that we will be over with our show in Berlin in November (I think) so the theatres will be open - or that's the plan atm
  17. It's really interesting, and as the wise Sylvia says up thread, the world has changed forever... In terms of the original poster's question - I work in the entertainment industry and we are just about to put a six month tour on sale tomorrow morning for January 2021. Now we're not talking the numbers of a Springsteen stadium tour but we're still looking to shift in excess of a quarter of a million tickets in that time. My guess is the sales curve might be a little slower and there will be economic issues as well as social ones but where people want to find a way they will. My personal hunch is that it will be a harder time for new art forms and less-established artists and what money people have available they will want to spend on known quantities... but that's only a guess.
  18. I see the BBC have counted him out of the race as having died "last week." This is on their live UK feed under Marianne Faithful's information at 12.26 today. I presume this is an error.
  19. Yes I think so. Maybe adults would have got the references here but a 13 year old kid was unlikely to have even heard of the place. I learnt most of my initial awareness of that war through Himself. And with regard to Kitty's Back - long or short - always been one of three songs I struggled with. Just smelt of bad jazz to me. Sorry.
  20. LITF was always an interesting one as a non-American. I never got the Vietnam framework. As a young English boy it was always about the price of rebelling against authority - and the lines about Jimmy The Saint were the ones that really landed with me as a kid - here was a guy who had lost something somewhere and didn't know it. The poetic stuff at the end always sounded like a companion to the end of Jungleland to me in some fashion. Musically I liked its gritty melody. It didn't rock - early Bruce was syncopated and funky generally, later Bruce rocked, albeit self-consciously (and we know why now after the autobiography), and he never did rock'n'roll - but LITF always ground away in an earthy organic manner, for me.
  21. Something tells me this is a lose-lose question....actually the older I get the less I find I am moved by the mid-period classics....these days I am drawn to the quirky faults of the early stuff on the classical lines of 21st Century B.
  22. Goodness what a friendly lot you are! So I've been aboard the train since a distant summer in Bognor Regis (perhaps the true English equivalent of Asbury Park despite Steve's glib Brighton comparisons) when staying with my Grandma, my uncle played me Born To Run. This would be 1978 I think. I remember buying Greetings on cassette that summer and listening to it in the dark in bed - you had to turn the tape over in the middle of Lost In The Flood. In between then and now I've been pretty lucky - I have seen Bruce live more often than I can remember, including Broadway; I've been lucky enough to have met Steve and Nils and had dinner with C. I've met Bruce a few times, the first in LA in 88 when I bumped in to him and Patti shopping on Melrose and then just as inadvertently met then again, with my daughters in Lake Como in the summer of 2017. He's always been just as awkward, shy and genuine as I hoped he would be so I knew it wasn't an act. In between the bootlegs and the queuing and the backache from the queueing and the music, I've met some terrific and kind people. I'm glad to be here. I'm 54 and rate Western Stars as highly as anything he's done, though depending on my mood I can find it devastating. I'm unsure whether to buy Gothenburg....anyone?
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