Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
I have not yet finished celebrating the recording anniversary of the “Layla” album (see Day 159) only to find an even bigger milestone upon me. Forty-five years ago today-August 25, 1975-another album that changed my life was released. Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” is my heart. It claimed it when I was 12 years old and has never let go. He was 25 when it came out, and a year younger when he wrote lines like “You’re scared and you’re thinking we ain’t that young anymore”. from “Thunder Road”. He explained why in 2005 on VH1’a “Storytellers”: “These songs were written in 1974, which is only two years after the end of the Vietnam War and nobody was that young anymore”.
On the same show he said this album was “his big invitation to his audience, to himself, to anybody that was interested to a long earthly journey. Hopefully in the company of someone you love, people you love and in search of a home you can feel a part of.” So glad I went along for the ride. It was like taking the road less traveled and realizing it was the best one after all. I will love Bruce forever. He is home to me.
In an interview on BBC Television in 2016, Springsteen said he spent six months writing this album & six months recording it and as it went on it developed into this very big piece of music. That is putting it mildly. Today’s song is one of two on the album that does not feature a sax solo by The Big Man. As much as I love to hear his signature sound, his absence is barely noticeable in this exquisite symphony. This song is another one of Springsteen’s cinematic masterpieces that is like a six hour mini-series disguised as a six minute song. It features colorful characters, dark imagery & tells the story of betrayed friendships in an absolutely heartbreaking way. Every part of the song is a work of art, but if one instrument stands out, it is Roy Bittan’s piano. His playing is astonishing. As The Bossman has been for me virtually all of my life. Swoon.
“Blame it on the lies that killed us, blame it on the truth that ran us down
You can blame it all on me Terry, it don’t matter to me now
When the breakdown hit at midnight there was nothing left to say
But I hated him and I hated you when you went away“.
One of the pictures taken by Eric Meola during the “Born To Run” photo session in 1975. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Bruce Springsteen: “Backstreets” (1975, written by Bruce Springsteen).
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