The influence of a good teacher can never be erased

rita

Dear Bruce, I decided to write you since I did an English exam and I promised I would do it if I passed it. Well, everything went all right and now here I am to pay my debt with you.

It was in college that I really began to discover and appreciate you, to go beyond the easy listening of some of your songs, because I began to think about the lyrics. I had never studied English at school so I could hardly understand your songs, their words and their deep sense. I was taught my first steps in English by you and your music. It was a strange way to learn a foreign language, but I can say that it worked well: reading the words, translating and listening to the music were useful excercises! My life since then has gone in the direction I loved and I wanted: I am 46, I am a teacher, I teach Italian and Latin literature, I am a wife and a mother. And your music, your songs, your words have always been there with me. I did my journey through life with your music as soundtrack.

Recently, I decided that it was due time in my life to study English, for personal and professional reasons. Your example, your guide have been precious for me: when I did my English exam (just yesterday I had the results) I spoke about you and your music and I could use many words and sentences remembering your songs! The good result in English I had is dedicated to you, Bruce Springsteeen’s name is on it! My favourite songs of yours have always been Thunder Road, Born To Run, and Atlantic City: but it is really impossible for me to choose one: I love all of them. At school I’m thinking about doing a sort of thesis about your songs and/or to give my students some exercises of analysis of your songs as if they were poems (because, well, they actually ARE poems)

So, here I am: thank you for your help, Bruce, thank you for your job and your music. Just thank you.

Your fan, Rita (and thanks to my English teacher too 🙂 )

The ride it ain’t free, but sometimes we just don’t care about the price

tnx for the ride

I had this sign at the Dallas show in April 2014. But it rained the entire time so I never got a picture or was able to hold it up much. So I took it with me for the Jazz Fest show, in May: gorgeous weather, fab food and awesome music! The sign was a bit worn and torn but it did the job, Bruce saw it, and smiled. And my friends who were back a bit further said that during Thunder Road it was featured on the big screen. And I’m so happy because that is exactly what my sign stood for: Bruce’s invitation to his fans. Thanks for the call Bruce, and for this ride: we know it ain’t free, but it’s a ride worth for a lifetime.

Prove it all day, every day.

I think that everyone here agrees on saying that Bruce’s music helps us to get through the struggles of every day life that we all face. He’s here for good times, and bad times, and that’s ok. Yesterday I went through some thoughts scattered on FB in the last six months, nothing big, you know… Just a simple life. With Bruce’s songs in the background.
“I took a time off morning from work, I absolutely had to do something for that pile of laundry to be ironed. The heat was killing me but it had to be done. So I took Houston ’78 and put it on… That Promised land is sensational…Prove it all night has no words to be qualified…Racing in the streets… I keep ironing and folding… Jungleland. My husband comes rushing from the other room at the first notes. The fever, Fire… Well, I’ve finished, the laundry chest is empty, I didn’t even notice… That was a great way to spend a morning!”
“This is for my son, who decided to take his Thunder road. He’s leaving in a month for New Zealand, a whole year without him, so happy for him…But it hurts so much, staying here, working hard, trying to build a better world for him too. But it’s right, you take your Thunder road, son. Spread your wings and fly.”

“I’ve just made my husband listen to Kitty’s back in Rome… and now I’m fobbing him off with the studio version, just under the pretense of catching the differences, you know… Me thinks he’ll not think straight at the end of all this!”

“It’s 8am and already I’m saying Today also will end. That’s a bad feeling, just want to run away from everything and stay alone! I prepare for work, today is bad. I know this too shall pass, it always will, but sometimes it’s like being dead inside. Put my earphones on, switch on my Ipod, the music starts, the volume is high, I want to be completely isolated. I get on my bike, I start pedaling, off to my work place… Bruce is alive out there, the anxiety begins to unravel, maybe it will not be a bad day, maybe even something good could happen. I can do this!”

“I know, I’m probably tedious and dull, but I just can’t help it. Everytime I stop, I’m thinking about my son, and of when his Long walk home will begin. He’ll come back, right? Tomorrow it’ll be 16 months…more or less 920 since I’ve hugged him.”

“Today I have to hit the road with a collection of samples for some customers, traveling with my aunt who accidentally is also my partner. What do you think, do I fire off all Brisbane 2014 at the highest possible volume? That’s a way to travel, dont’ you think? And a good day to all of you people!”

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Rewind the memories on Bryn Mawr (and great Ed Sciaky)

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Great story from Tom Cunnigham.

Last week when I read a friend’s post about Ed Sciaky being gone for 11 years, it really was a knock upside the head. Forty years ago tonight, a classic Springsteen show — one of his greatest (and most-bootlegged) performances, featuring the premiere of “Thunder Road” (then known as “Wings for Wheels”) along with early versions of “Jungleland” and “Born to Run,” and the first-known cover of “Mountain of Love.” February 5, 1975, broadcast on Philadelphia’s WMMR and hosted by the late, great DJ Ed Sciaky.  Part of Ed’s well deserved legacy as a Philadelphia radio icon will always be tied in with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s historic show at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr.
I had no idea about said show/broadcast. I was away at school and no one had bothered to invent streaming radio station audio and or texting or any such stuff at that point, so who knew. I discovered that show on a crappy sounding bootleg album later that summer, happily upgrading at least three times to various CD sets over the years.
As a baby disc jockey, it was a treat to cross paths with Ed, and even more fun to get to know him and to talk Bruce with him.
When I began doing the Bruce Brunch on 105.7 The Hawk in December 2003, Ed called, and he was naturally curious about what I was up to. He was still doing his Sunday night Bruce show on WMGK and was, of course, cheesed that I was doing a two hour program, and he ‘only’ had a one hour show. A month and a half after that, he would be gone.
The cassettes that you see here were a gift from Ed to me in 1994. When he found out we were moving to LA, he called and during the course of the conversation said that he wanted to do something cool as a parting gift, but couldn’t come up with any ideas. It took two seconds to for me come up with something—my request was that he make me a cassette copy of whatever original recording that he had on tape of the Main Point show. Naturally, he groused and said I probably had the show on CD in much better quality and blah blah blah…all of which I agreed with—then I gave him my address and told him I’d be on the lookout for the tapes.
It goes without saying, but I’ll be listening to the show on these today.

Bryn Mawr