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.
Today is one of those days I am most thankful for. It was 71 years ago today that Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen came into the world and began his ascent to become The Boss. His poetry, music, intellect, soul & heart changed the world as a whole but my existence especially as I was someone who needed a place to reclaim my hope and faith. He gave it back to me and more with every note he sang and every word he wrote. And he continues doing that today. His latest album, “Letter To You” will be released on October 23.
During his VH-1 “Storytellers” performance, Springsteen said his “Born To Run” album was an invitation to his audience to join him on his pilgrimage. If that was true then his follow up, “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”, was about letting us see even more of the truth behind the songs and life itself. This album did not contain a block party feel good song like “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”. Instead it had the clash between Adam & Cain, the mind numbing soul robbing existence of factory life, people living with something that they just cannot face until they “cut it loose or let it drag ’em down”, fearing the moment you finally get something you need because then “they send someone to try and take it away” and our hero in Candy’s Room instead of at the screen door watching Mary dance across the porch. By the end of the first verse of today’s song when Springsteen asserts himself with the line, “Pretty soon, little girl, I’m gonna take charge” all I could think was I am ready. And swoon.
And he does just that in today’s song by showing us how to take control of the uncontrollable moments in our lives. It is my favorite from the album and another life lesson about how buying into what everyone tells you is the meaning of happiness is never going to work for you if you hear a voice inside you telling you there has to be more. You just have to be brave enough to close your eyes and jump into the unknown for that proverbial leap of faith. With Bruce, nothing seems unattainable. He has proven that with all he has accomplished in his 50 year career. And with the sage words below I try to remember and live by everyday. Happy birthday, Bossman. May you see 100 more. And thank you for everything.
“Blow away the dreams that tear you apart
Blow away the dreams that break your heart
Blow away the lies that leave you nothing but lost and brokenhearted“.
Bruce Springsteen in 1978 photographed by Frank Stefanko. (Image found online. Original source unknown.)
Bruce Springsteen: “The Promised Land” (1978, written by Bruce Springsteen).
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