Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Boss at 60

Originally Posted on OGR 09/29/2009

It is hard to believe, but an icon of boomer music reached a milestone;
last Wednesday Bruce Springsteen celebrated his 60th birthday. In one
sense, he has come a long way from his roots in the blue collar
neighborhood of Long Branch, New Jersey, but in another, he is still
right there. He is noted best for his penchant for finding grandeur in
the struggles of daily life in America. He is the working man’s
troubadour. He epitomizes the middle class work ethic that has made
this country what it is. He is well known for the marathon concerts in
which he and the E Street Band perform intense ballads, rousing
anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst which he intersperses
whimsical or deeply emotional stories. He is still the hard working
man, after performing at the halftime show at Super Bowl XLIII on
February 1, 2009, he performed all over the world during the Working on
a Dream Tour.

I remember how some of Springsteen’s early efforts touched the lives of
returning Vietnam Veterans and chronicled their struggles with
returning to American life. "Lost in the Flood" was the first of many
portraits of Vietnam veterans, that came at a time when they were not
appreciated for their service. He was one of the first of the
“Heartland Rockers” and his trailblazing has led to the success of many
who followed. Although I never lived in New Jersey, his song "4th of
July, Asbury Park (Sandy)" somehow takes me back to my teen aged
summers on the beaches of Jacksonville, Florida. His music has a way of
bringing back personal memories for most of us. Oh My!!

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