Sunday, May 15, 2011
My First Blog Post About Bruce Springsteen
I discovered about a year ago that the world has not unanimously accepted Bruce Springsteen as the single greatest artist in the history of music. And I've decided to change that. Though I be a public school attending teenager in Wisconsin, believe me, I know my Springsteen. I spend hours studying live video, in awe of the man's power and energy, even at age 62. I'm also so sick of seeing the lists of "Greatest Album Ever" topped by Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. I love that album, but--are you ready?--In case no one's noticed, the whole album is comically repetitive. I don't think any one of the songs has a bridge. I don't care how much it changed recorded music forever, it's just lazy composership. Springsteen's "Blinded by the Light" has all the poetic lyricism and an interesting musical part to back it up. "Something is happening here/but you don't know what it is/do you, Mr. Jones?" Neither do we--this song makes no sense.
OK, enough about the perpetually crabby Van Gogh of rock--I saw a "Greatest Artists Ever" list where the Boss was beaten out by Bob Freakin' Marley. Bob Freakin' Marley!!! Kids at my school don't even know who Bruce is, which they state while they diss my other obsessions with running and baseball. So the point of this blog is to showcase my obsessive passion for the Boss while showing the man's true power and greatness.
One of the greatest things about him is that he is so human. He even makes mistakes--like closing out The River with "Wreck on the Highway". It's a decent song, but the song that comes before it, "Drive All Night", is spectacularly epic and beautiful and would be a perfect ending to a perfect album. It's like eating the best meal at a restaurant, and then having a rotten dessert. (I wouldn't know, I don't eat that stuff. Like I said, running.)
Bruce Springsteen is incredible, and the only amount of respect that I deem acceptable is acknowledgement as the unanimous greatest ever. So let us begin!