Last night I fulfilled a life long dream and got to see Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band. I don’t have the words to explain the experience, it just proved what everyone knows (or should know even if you are not a fan of his music), Bruce understands music, and music lovers, more than any artist I know. His appreciation for his career, his band, his fans, can not be met. And for someone who is in his early sixties, his energy, famous voice, and genuine love for performing, he tops artists I’ve seen who are ripe and young. He had a sold out arena on their feet dancing and clapping for over 3 hours, not once did he falter. There is nothing over the top about Bruce, just the most pure heartfelt music that can rip your heart to shreds in one second, and burst with happiness the next. When he played My City Of Ruins and took the time to address those who have lost this year “and to just let it sink in” as the room got quiet, I almost had a mental breakdown. As some who did lose someone they loved dearly this year, standing beside my best friend who also suffered a devastating lost shortly after, it was an unexpected moment for us that released some inner pain we’ve been quietly dealing with since the Spring.
Bruce Springsteen knows human connection and the power of coming together more than any musician I know. It’s what makes him a legend, and loved by so many.
*** and he still looks really sexy drenched in sweat ripping into a guitar solo.
One of my faves from last night:
Time to blast some tunes at ya – December is here, time to refresh the iPod!
Hallelujah by Ryan Bingham
No it’s NOT another Cohen cover, but a lovely song by a great artist doing Americana right. His husky voice makes you feel the weight of being weary and dragging on every day cause we have to. A slice of life.
Feel Again by OneRepublic
Yeah it’s fucking OneRepublic, yeah this sounds dangerously close to Florence’s Dog Days Are Over, but I don’t care. It makes me feel light, hopeful, happy, and appreciate my life and those who are in it. Also, I have immense respect for Ryan Tedder, the guy is a songwriting machine and has produced some of the most successful songs over the last 5 years. The guy can write a fucking hook.
Where The Kids Are by Blondfire
Need something to give you a bounce in your step during those dreary Vancouver mornings on your way to work? This might help.
Them Shoes by Patrick Sweany
My friend Jordan sent this one over to me, great blues tune. Fucking killer and sexy. Makes me want to drink bourbon and drive down to Nashville in a heat wave to forget about my life for awhile. Hmmmm…. maybe I should just do that. Anyone wanna join?
Hey Hey, My My (into the black) by Neil Young
I also had the immense pleasure of seeing the legendary Neil Young on Remembrance Day weekend on his birthday, and this brought the house down. As it should, and always will.
Doom and Gloom by The Rolling Stones
My faves released a Greatest Hits album and graced us with a new song. AND WHAT A SONG. Firty years later, still killing it, BOW. That awesome little rhythm riff before the chorus is pure good old Stones, and Mick sounds like he’s still got enough swagger left for another fifty years.
Wrath of God by Crystal Castles
No ifs and buts about it, this will either be horrific to you, or awesome. No in between. Embrace or discard, I’m on the embrace side.
I Only Have Eyes For You by Beck
The Flamingos covered this song back in 1959, and it is hands down my favourite song. So to my delight Beck covered it and managed to give it an even more lonely and haunting vibe and refreshed my love for it even more.
Blind Ride by Alison Mosshart & The Forest Rangers
Alison has one of the greatest voices in current rock n roll, and exudes what dirty, bluesy, sexy, no shame music should be about. Loving this new single of hers, where she’s not accompanied by Jamie Hince or Jack White.
I Will Fall by Tyler James and Kate York
Saved my current fave for last. Once in awhile a song comes along that will mess with you mentally, and be so accurate to hidden feelings you have, you stop everything you are doing cause you are unable to focus on anything else the first time it hits your ears. This is that song for me. Beyond lovely, beyond honest, and punches me in the gut at every listen. Posting the lyrics because they are gorgeous.
I’m afraid to go up onto the second floor
If you wanted to work it out why’d you lock the door
I thought I was good at loving you
But our light went out when you wanted it to
I wish you the best, I’m heading west
it’s all I know to do
I will fall, I will fall if you come around
Just when I think my heart break has settled down
I will fall, I will fall if you come around
When we said goodbye it was forever
And I spent the last year piecing my life together
Just when I think I’ve let you go
Your song’s playing on the radio
And just like that it rushes back
every part of you.