Rocking forward

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The other day I went to this flea market in my neighborhood, and I logically stopped at the record stall. While I went through my usual wallet carnage, a young kid came over and quite shyly asked if there were Springsteen records, since he had none and was trying to fill this gap in his musical education.

I promptly stepped over the stall owner, and began to illustrate the on hand discography, I’m afraid quite poor. I anyway managed to explain the essential difference and pertaining difference between a bootleg and an official record, and he left with my blessing for future purchases, holding in hand Nebraska and Born in the USA (that was all, as present good stuff).

I looked at him going home, his new two treasures in hand, and I wistfully remembered my own first Bruce’s purchase. And boy, what a road he has in front of him. I almost felt envy thinking about the pleasure of the first discover of such treasures. Plus all the others, the first albums, then Born to run and Darkness, then the live shows…

I almost, not quite but almost wished I could go back in time and undo my fan history to begin again. Then I thought that the odd thing about Bruce and rock’n’roll is that the more you have, the more you want, and you’ll always want more, so I’ll just keep rockin’ forward, not back. The direction is set, and the record player keeps going.

 

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Passions

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I’m very proud of one thing, I’ve realized my dream of bringin his music around with my band. I’m doing this with great humility and respect, but for me is a dream come true. For years, when I was learning to play, I did not even dare to try his electric parts: acustic and voice I managed, but no way I was attempting his songs with the electric guitar. Now I’m doing them with my band and I’m so incredibly proud of it.

Most of all, I’m hoping to make a good job in passing around my enthusiasm and passion for Bruce, and what Bruce means to me. I’m 40 now, and I’ve been listening to his music for 30 years now. And there was never a day in these 30 years without his music, and I will never get tired of it. Ever. Because even after all those years, there is still so much passion and emotions involved, and that’s the most important thing.

 

Home on the range

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For me, the Seeger Sessions were kinda of a Springsteen 2.0

Seeing those shows was the Encyclopedia Britannica and the Library of Congress on the roots music, was Alan Lomax opening his home doors to make you understand, to make you live the essence of american music. They should pass those videos in school, to everyone who wants to play music. You want to set up a band? In that case, you’ll need a license: see that show. That’s the way it’s done. That’s what you should do.