“Down in the Hole”

By |2020-09-10T16:04:17-05:00September 10th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

In the days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce Springsteen, who had watched the smoking devastation of lower Manhattan from a point across the river in New Jersey, and who had lost friends as the World Trade Center towers crumbled, was in Rumson, when a passing driver yelled at him: “Bruce, we [...]

“Freedom Cadence”

By |2020-05-24T22:42:43-05:00May 24th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Memorial Day, Military, Music|

"Without Bruce Springsteen there would be no Vietnam veterans movement." —Bob Muller, head of the Vietnam Veterans of America, 1981 Bruce Springsteen recorded this song for the closing credits of the movie Thank You For Your Service. The film drama is based on the real-life experiences of Iraq War veteran Adam Schumann. Springsteen recorded the [...]

“My City of Ruins”: A Lament for New York City

By |2020-04-20T12:49:48-05:00April 20th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

Though written sometime prior to 2001 about the dilapidated condition of Asbury Park, New Jersey, "My City of Ruins" became associated with the terrorist attacks of 9/11 when Mr. Springsteen performed the song live on television on September 21, 2001 for the "America: A Tribute to Heroes" fundraiser for families of the victims, particularly those [...]

Reports of Music’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

By |2020-04-16T10:13:32-05:00April 16th, 2020|Categories: Bruce Springsteen, Culture, Modernity, Music, Western Civilization|

Can it really be the case that Western music’s deep reservoir of creativity had, by the middle of the 20th century, almost entirely run dry? This somewhat implausible view is often implicit in conservative-leaning cultural commentary when it touches on the subject of rock music. There is, to be sure, much to despise—the peculiar [...]

“We Are Alive”

By |2020-03-26T15:22:26-05:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Death, Music|

Bruce Springsteen has called "We Are Alive," the final song on his 2012 album, "Wrecking Ball," a "ghost story." That it is, but it is also a song of high spirits and hope, one that deals with the Christian themes of resurrection and the communion of saints. There's a cross up yonder up on Calvary [...]

“Hunter of Invisible Game”

By |2020-03-18T10:56:11-05:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

"Hunter of Invisible Game" is a short, post-apocalyptic film directed by Bruce Springsteen and Thom Zimny that was released on July 9, 2014. The film is also the music video for the eponymous song, which appears on Mr. Springsteen's eighteenth studio album, High Hopes. —Editor I hauled myself up out of the ditch And built [...]

“Terry’s Song”

By |2020-01-27T14:09:05-06:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

Well they built the Titanic to be one of a kind, but many ships have ruled the seas They built the Eiffel Tower to stand alone, but they could build another if they please Taj Mahal, the pyramids of Egypt, are unique I suppose But when they built you, brother, they broke the mold When [...]

Bruce Springsteen’s “Rhinestone Cowboy”: The Bard of Authenticity Salutes Cheesy Seventies Style

By |2020-01-10T15:38:14-06:00January 10th, 2020|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

Bruce Springsteen covers “Rhinestone Cowboy” in the closing credits of his new film "Western Stars," which he made to promote the album of the same name. Why did he choose this one to wrap up the movie? I think it’s a sly confession. Glen Campbell and Bruce Springsteen are not so far apart as they [...]

“Chasin’ Wild Horses”

By |2020-03-02T17:13:57-06:00November 12th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

Bruce Springsteen's "Chasin' Wild Horses" was released on his 2019 album "Western Stars," a set of songs told from the viewpoint of an older man, about remembrance, regret, and the search for redemption in the American West. The album marks a musical departure for Mr. Springsteen, as it features a classical chamber orchestral and a [...]

The “Confessions” of Bruce Springsteen: “Western Stars,” the Film

By |2019-11-14T13:16:29-06:00October 31st, 2019|Categories: Bruce Springsteen, Film, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

Bruce Springsteen's unrivaled stage presence comes across remarkably well in the film "Western Stars," as he performs his recent album in its entirety. But it is the brief, meditative, and confessional vignettes he uses to introduce each song that reveal just how much the entire album serves as his own version of St. Augustine's "Confessions." [...]

I’ll Stand By You Always: Bruce Springsteen at 70

By |2020-02-23T12:39:35-06:00September 22nd, 2019|Categories: Bruce Springsteen, Music, Stephen M. Klugewicz|

As Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen turns 70 years old, one finds it a daunting task to make an exhaustive list of his artistic accomplishments and the accolades he has received for them: Mr. Springsteen, who has been performing live for more than a half-century now, is the 15th highest-selling artist of all-time; his first album, [...]

“Into the Fire”

By |2020-09-10T12:03:24-05:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Audio/Video, Bruce Springsteen, Music|

In the days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Bruce Springsteen, who had watched the smoking devastation of lower Manhattan from a point across the river in New Jersey, and who had lost friends as the World Trade Center towers crumbled, was in Rumson, when a passing driver yelled at him: "Bruce, we [...]

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