Bruce Springsteen as a role model

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As fans, do you look up to him as a role model along with appreciating his artistry? Over the past few years, I felt like he’s inspired me to really give back to my community, and use my privilege to help others in need. I was raised in a family of philanthropists, so it’s been in my blood since I was a kid, but growing up with his music has given me the opportunity to take a much more mature outlook on the world. I respect how much he’s taken the time to be involved in food banks in the cities he tours in, playing benefits for charities and his kids’ former schools, making donations to various causes in his area, and not bragging about what he does for others.

I’m by no means rich (unemployed college grad), but I’ve taken time to get involved in social issues within my area because of him. I’ve been a regular volunteer at the Trenton soup kitchen, I’m planning on getting involved in my township’s local government this year, and have mostly abandoned my initial career pursuit as a journalist to work in the non profit field and try to make a difference in the inner city. Since I strongly identify with a lot of his lyrics, it has allowed me to step back and look at people’s struggles (as well as my own) to obtain the American Dream through his music.

Melissa

Can’t EVER get enough of this picture – story – adventure with Bruce! @springsteen

Everybody remember the nice lady of this “silent scream” picture, right? And here you are her story, one of her friends tagged her, and here she is!

anne

“Hi everyone. Thanks for your kind comments. I’m the woman in this picture which seems to have become quite legendary. I’d like to tell you my story about the picture.

It’s from Copenhagen in May 2013 when Bruce was giving two shows in Denmark. I was seven months pregnant and had been standing in front of his hotel for a few hours with my mum (who is also a huge fan), hoping to get a glimpse of Bruce. We had met most of the band members when I had to go to the toilet. On my way back, I saw people gathering up real close to the entrance and instantly knew this meant Bruce was there. So I hurried back as fast as I could. There was no space left in front of Bruce, but I was able to catch a spot behind him. My mum was in front and wanted to ask for his signature. All she had was a “business” card from Bruce Funds, which we had both been involved in (if you don’t know Bruce Funds, please check them out). So she passed the card to Bruce and he laughingly said “Bruce Funds, is that some kind of investment fund? Hahaha!” As I was right behind him, I took the opportunity to tell him about the work Bruce Funds does to help unfortunate fans get to see his shows. He seemed genuinely interested and touched by this and said “Oh, that’s so great!” – and turned to me, hugged me and kissed me on the cheek! Moments later, I caught my mum’s eye (remember she was standing in front) and sent her this silent scream – which a photographer caught on camera and put on the centre fold of a national Danish newspaper as well as their online version. So that’s what happened in the moments before this picture was taken. I should add that I was also lucky enough to get his signature on the front of my Born To Run album a couple of minutes later.