It’s time for a weekend concert – a short one any way
“In the end, I guess that individual freedom, when its not connected to some sort of community or friends, or the world outside, ends up being pretty meaningless.” … Bruce Springsteen
Why am I doing this?. Well, this is my favorite Bruce tune, from April 27th, 1988. The lyrics were a right of passage ticket of a young man, writing for young people.
But for this rendition he shared another intimate right of passage, where he looked back on the origins of the song and did some mid course correcting,very often not an easy thing to do.
Life seems to require a good bit of that and woe be it to those who do not master the art of making the necessary adjustments.
Why this now? Because our country is in a malaise, and the world with it. People, institutions, countries…many are living in denial, which never has worked out very well historically.
Bruce was not into geopolitics at this age, but the quote above, is about as America as you can get. I call it a ‘coming of age’ quote.
My father died when I was a young man in 1971. I never had a strong father figure. He was too distracted with many things, and never really got a handle on the father thing. So I later sought out older, wiser men when I had the opportunity…for a valuable commodity called a wise man’s advice.
The best I ever got was being told once that in everyone’s life there are five or six big decisions where if you bat 100% on those none of the small stuff you mess up on will wreck your life. And he advised when faced with one of those decisions to always seek the best advice that you could possibly get.
He added that the best advice, no matter what the monetary cost, was basically free, because the cost of screwing up these big decisions had costs you would never finish paying for. I know that many of you were privileged to have known someone like this…and some did it the hard way, trial and error.
So know you know why I picked the song, and led with the quote. It’s some of the best advice I have ever heard, a strong top tenner. We all need to pass such things around to younger people when we can. It’s not often you can have Bruce around to deliver the message.
I looked for an HD version but alas the copyright people have pulled them all down. But this 240 has clean audio, and that is all that is needed really. If anybody every finds an HD version of this, please let me know.
[youtube tX7plqUfm94] – Born to Run – long version – acoustic
He is working to find time now to database his extensive video archive of Americana and interviews filmed during his public TV days so individual topic segments can be key word searched to quickly use in future multi-media projects.
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