Thank you

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As often happens in the really important  encounters of your life, I just don’t remember when was the first time I listened to a Springsteen song. He did not change my life abruptly, he was ideally placed between the great rockers  whose records I used to buy at that time. I was twenty, and there were some.

But, as usually happens in the really important encounters of your life, step by step his presence became stable, a constant, until he gradually became my benchmark both for musical and human standards. And as always happens in real friendships, to be able to have him in my life became, in time, a real strong and reliable habit. It was like a handbook on life, something I consulted for both words and music, to keep me goin’ on. It was, he was like a friend, a good one.

Real friendships are rare, and precious. Just a handful, and enduring. And as time goes by, you see in your friend’s face some wrinkles, you see his human frailty, just as you begin to see yours.  But you keep rockin’, because he is still able to muster energy and coherence in his career and in his music, and you find this deeply inspirational.

Plus, there are the live shows, wordily rituals in which you are one but all the same with the others, in which you have that wonderful sensation that he is singing just for you, and everybody else feels the same.

I love Bruce for many many reasons, and I am grateful he came into my life and stayed.  And I want to share with you this.

One day, in this particular friendship, he made me a gift, a precious, unexpected gift that will always remain in my heart. He called onstage one of the two persons I love the most, and he made her, my daughter, immensely happy.  It was a dream come true, for her, she was so so happy, she glowed for days after that show. And to this day, that is one of the most beautiful moments of both our lives. Because he really made my daughter happy, and he gave us a memory to share together. Life usually doesn’t get better than this.

 

Just friends

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Her: Friendship is one of the most beautiful feelings to live because it fills you with warmth, emotions, empathy; it enriches you yet it’s completely free. All of a sudden you choose each other, you let that person enter your life, you both build intimacy and affection. And the best thing is, you can walk together and grow up together even if at a certain point your lives take different paths, even if you are far away. You are not on the same road, but you go in the same direction.
Him: I completely agree. Our Bruce buds bunch is like those characters in Big Wednesday, where even if they don’t see each other in years when there’s the big sea storm they found themselves in the waves without even call or look for each other. Bruce is our heavy sea, he resets to zero the time passed between tours, and even if it has been years since we saw each other, we start up again like we’ve seen each other just the day before.