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High Lonesome

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  1. Thanks, Daisey! I really hope I'll get the chance to see him sometime. Roulette would be awesome to hear. I don't know if there'll be a Born in the U.S.A. box or not, but if it will be, and a tour to follow that up, Protection is another outtake that would be great to hear live.
  2. I wouldn't say no thanks to any of them I've been listening to a lot of his released live shows, and I think the choice of songs is (in general) very good. You'll get many album tracks if it's from an album tour, some of the all time classics are always there, and there's often some outtakes or other nuggets for the die hard fans!
  3. Well, basically everyone since I've never seen him live With that said I wouldn't be thrilled if he played The Ghost of Tom Joad from start to finish and finished the encore with Mary Queen of Arkansas, Real Man and Queen of the Supermarket. Three songs I would love to hear live (except the most obvious ones) would be I'm Goin' Down, Racing in the Street and Where the Bands Are.
  4. I agree! It's so much more interesting than all the jazz/blues/country stuff he's been releasing in the latest 10-15 years. It was extremely obvious from the start that critics would hate it (not because of the music, which is barely mentioned), but regardless of Van Morrison's opinions and views, this album's more exciting than hearing him cover blues standards or revisit his older songs. And many of the songs are very catchy. 28 songs is a bit too much for me though.
  5. Yeah, sure, but I meant that those are the albums that I think is the type of music most people think of when they think of Bruce Springsteen. And even if love Nebraska and regard it as one of his best, I don't think I would've become a Springsteen fan if all his music where in that vein. Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River, are more classic of the Bruce Springsteen-sound than earlier mentioned album. And even if they are very different to each other they all are the essential sound of heartland rock, or whatever you'd want to call Bruce's music.
  6. Like many others, my picks would be Born to Run, Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. Those three albums have the typical Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band sound, and that's the musical style I love.
  7. Arcade Fire Bruce Springsteen Creedence Clearwater Revival Elvis Costello Fleetwood Mac The Gaslight Anthem Lana Del Rey The Replacements Van Morrison Those are some bands/artists I would mention as my favorites. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, David Bowie and Oasis are others I listened a lot to throughout the years.
  8. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks (1968) Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run (1975) Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses (1989) Nirvana - Nevermind (1991) The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound (2008)
  9. I didn't know Marsha (I only knew her as rosiejaneymarie until today), but when we talked here she seemed like a very kind and warm person. When my mom died half a year ago, she wrote some very kind words, so when I saw that she had passed away I immediately thought of that. I also remember that she told me some things about her youth in New Jersey; when she first saw Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. in the window of a record store (which she got as a birthday present on her 14th birthday), and how she loved Jersey Girl ever since she first her it when Bruce played it at the opening night of Brendan Byrne Arena in 1981. So even if I never really knew her, I've been thinking of her this night, and revisited those posts. My condolences to her family and those of you that knew her.
  10. Thanks, and I do try to keep on living in the best way possible. It's tough, but I know that mom's worst sadness would be that we, in her closest family, just would give up living. Yeah, the emptiness is the worst thing right now. I guess you slowly will adapt to the new situation, but right now the world's just feel different and a lot more empty. One think that does help is to talk to other people who been through similar situations. I just don't think that you possibly can understand the sorrow, pain and emptiness unless you've lost a close one. I notice that with some people, that they just can't understand what it's like. They think they can, but they can't. And this coming period will also be really weird, with All Soul's Day, Christmas and other holidays like that coming up. I guess it will be the same for you, but I hope you also have family, friends and relatives to be with during those days!
  11. Thanks. The funeral was yesterday, and it was beautiful, but very sad. Today just feels so empty, now when all relatives and friends have left. It's almost a month now since she's passed away, and I guess it's starting to sink in a bit.
  12. Hey Froggy. Thank you for that, and I'm also sorry to hear about your dad. Seeing someone you love die in a disease is no easy thing. It's the most terrible thing I've ever been through, and I guess it's the same for you. But it's good that Bruce's music could help you, like it helped (helps) me. And I hope your memories of your father will be warm and bright ones.
  13. Some of my favorites: I'm Goin' Down (the studio version). I think his voice sounds so effin' great there, especially the first verse. The Promised Land (Phoenix, 1978) Thunder Road (No Nukes, 1979, second night). The River (Tempe, 1980). Jole Blon (Wembley Arena, 1981). Atlantic City (Paris, 1985).
  14. Sorry to hear that your mother got dementia. My paternal grandma got it, and I have worked at retirement homes, so I've seen the effects from it. It must have been really hard to see your mother fading away in that disease. As you say, she's in peace now, and back with your dad. Hopefully most of your memories are the good ones, before she got sick in that terrible disease that changed her so. Well, it's tough for my dad of course. We have been going through mom's clothes and stuff like that, and it affects him really hard. It's very hard for both of us, but I guess his situation is different to mine. They wanted to grow old together, spend time at their vacation house, travel and so on, and it didn't turn out that way. We all miss her very much and it feels so empty now. I still get the impulse to visit her at the hospital and sometimes when my phone rings I think it could be her for a second, but I guess it won't be like that forever.
  15. I'm sorry to hear that. Death is never easy, but to have it drawn-out like that is terrible. It's something you just can't understand if you haven't seen it happen to someone you love. It sounds very beautiful that your parent are with you in some spiritual or mental way. Right now everything feels so empty. I know she's gone, but it's still pretty hard to accept it. Thanks, and I wish the best for you as well.
  16. Thank you. My mom got cancer a little more than three years ago, and we knew from the start that she had at most five years left. Earlier this year we started to realize that she most likely wouldn't make it to the next year. And this summer her disease got a lot worse, and the latest month (especially the last two weeks), was basically only a long wait for her to be released from her pain. And Wednesday, September 23, this week she passed away. Bruce Springsteen's music have been so important to me this time, and so many of his songs have felt very meaningful. And the release of Ghosts was no exception. I actually started a thread about this named ”Bruce Springsteen's music as consolation in times of grief”. It's a lot of personal text, but I felt I wanted to write down some of my thoughts.
  17. Yeah, life can be very hard sometimes. It sure would be nice if my mom and your dad could have died of old age, hopefully when they felt that they were satisfied and had done all the things in life they wanted to do. But that wasn't the case, and I guess there's no answer to why it had to be like that. Finding signs of meaning can be a very good thing when you're going through tough times. That Bruce played Mary's Place at that show must have felt special, and even if it's easy to say that a person that wants to see signs or patterns is going to find them, I think that there are things about life and the existence that we don't know so much about. I've seen many signs the latest day that made sense to me. And I don't really care if it's maybe just my mind that make certain things seem like indications of something bigger, they still feel meaningful to me. Sounds to me like you and your sister did the best to make your mom's funeral to a beautiful one. (I hope I didn't misunderstad you, but this was about your mother's funeral and not your father's?) I hope that you and your sister have been important to each other, and been able to support one another through the hard times. My mom had a lot of humor, and we could often joke about the tough and the hard things, even when she was sick. Earlier this summer when I discussed with her and dad about which music we're gonna have at the funeral, we even joked about that I could sing Born in the U.S.A., blue jeans, leather jacket, bandana, and all. That was before everything got really really bad, but she still kept some sense of humor for a long time. I think mom's funeral and memorial service will be as good as possible. We still have some planning to do, but I'm sure it's going to be sad, yet beautiful event.
  18. Thanks. Yeah, it was a fitting song for me these days.
  19. I really liked this song a lot. The music, lyrics and the overall theme of the song and the music video feels very typical Bruce, and that's OK with me. Since the song was released the day after mom died these lyrics felt very special and personal right now: It’s just your ghost Moving through the night Your spirit filled with light I need, need you by my side Your love and I’m alive Thank you Bruce.
  20. Thank you for your kind words Daisy. The evenings and nights are the hardest part of the day, so your comment is comforting. It feels so very sad and weird that she's gone, but, as you write, I believe she's in a better place now. I'm sure that the lasting memories will be all the fun we had together, and how happy, kind and wise my mom used to be. She sure had a heart of gold.
  21. Thank you. Every kind word today, whether it has been from relatives, friends or Bruce Springsteen fans at Greasylake has meant something. It won't make the sorrow or feeling of emptiness smaller, but it can give me a brief smile on my lips, or make feel a little bit warmer, and that's worth a lot today. It's good that you have that relationship to your mother. Family is important, and maybe I didn't even understand just how important it is, until today. I do think of the good times we had, and I cherish those memories so much. Even if it's just a mundane memory of me visiting my mom at the hospital, took her out in a nearby park, and sitting with her while she was drinking a coke and reading the paper. Or maybe me and my mom listening to Dancing in the Dark while making dinner together last summer, when she was still strong and healthy enough to do that. Small, peaceful moments like that matters.
  22. Thanks. Oh, I see. I'm sorry for your loss. Yeah, it's a terrible disease. And 63 is no age. I do hope you have fond memories of your mom and your life with her before you went through that terrible thing. We did spend much time with her at the hospital. And when she passed away this morning, me, my father and my sister were there with her all the time. And I really do believe she knew that we were there with her. Thank you. I'm so sorry. But as you say, it's a very very good thing that you were there and had the chance to say your goodbyes. It probably meant the world, both for her and for you. I know what you mean. My mother loved life - traveling, good food, friendship, beautiful weather down by the beach, and so on. However, as the disease got worse over the years (which really escalated this summer), she began to say that she were ready to die. And a time ago we talked about how she will still live on in our memories. And I hope that I someday gonna marry a pretty wife and get children of my own, which also will be one way for her to live on in some way. And her love for us as a family (as well as our love for her), is something that won't go away. Even though she won't be here with us in her physical body any more. Yeah, Bruce's music have been so important this final time of her life. It was nice to see her play her old Born in the U.S.A. tape and remember the songs. I'm glad that you remember your mom with happiness. I know that's the way I'll remember my mom as well. It hurts so much now, but to see that peaceful expression on her face after she passed away - it did look like she were sleeping and dreaming of some good memories (I would say she even had a little smile on her lips) - made her passing so much easier. The pain and sorrow is over for her. And I want to believe that she's together with her parents now, with our old cat sitting in her lap, knowing how much we all love her. And someday I think we will all meet again.
  23. Thank you. I don't know anyone here, but people handle grief in different ways, and I'm on of those persons that feel better if I talk and write about matters like this. I hope it will be some sort of tribute, so thanks. My mother come from a Christian family, and I do believe that she - in some way I can't describe - will be with us in spirit. And I also hope that all we say, write and think about her will reach her, somewhere somehow.
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