He is the greatest American story-teller of a generation, he has written some of the greatest song stories in the history of Rock N Roll. Bruce Springsteen released his masterpiece forty-five years ago this week, “Born to Run”, in my opinion, one of the greatest R&R albums of all-time was released.
My love for Bruce Springsteen and his music began when I was 11 years old. It was the summer of 2004 and my family and I were getting ready to take the four-hour drive to Cape Cod for our annual summer vacation. Before we left, my parents brought me to a music shop called F.Y.E. – this was back in the day when people actually purchased CD’s and DVD’s, I think I might be the only person who still does this in 2020. Anyway, my parents told me I could select one CD for our trip, I began perusing the rock section and I stumbled upon the smiling face of a man I did not recognize, the title, “The Essential Bruce Springsteen”. I remember turning to my father and said “is Bruce Springsteen any good” and he replied “I don’t know, he’s alright”. A rounding endorsement from my father. I said okay, I would take a chance on this unknown artist.
We piled into the car and I laid out in the third row of our brand new 2004 Ford Explorer, I reached into my backpack and pulled out my orange and black disc-man. So to clarify, a disc man was a heavy, cd-player that you carried around with you, this was pre-iPod. I remember putting in the CD and hearing the opening notes of “Thunder Road”. I knew immediately that my life was forever going to be changed, I realized there in that moment that this was the music that I was missing in my life. During this time, I was dealing with a life threatening illness that I battled for the next 10 years. Bruce’s music saved me in so many ways during that time, it transported me to a different universe, it made me realize that hope was possible and that there was better things on the other side of the wall that I was desperately trying to climb over.
From that moment, I became obsessed with the music of Bruce Springsteen, I have seen him fifteen times in concert. He was the reason I bought my first guitar which I failed to learn how to play but would stand in front of my bedroom mirror with the guitar slung on my shoulders jamming out to “Born to Run”.
The album is transcendent, it is a classic, do yourself a favor, go listen and appreciate the majesty that is, THE BOSS.