Sunday, February 12, 2012


"Whenever I see Bruce Springsteen do anything,
he empties the tank. Every time. And the beautiful
thing about this man is he empties that tank for his
family, he empties that tank for his art, he empties
that tank for his audience, and he empties it for his
country. And we, on the receiving end of that 
beautiful gift, are ourselves rejuvenated, if not,
-Jon Stewart (2009) 

62-year-old singer-guitarist Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band are going to kick-off tonight's Grammy Awards.

The boss will perform his new single, We Take Care of Our Own at the 54th annual award show.

Springsteen, along with Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon make up some of my favorite singers/songwriters/musicians.  They have touched on just about every genre of music from folk to rock and the blues.

My favorite has to be  Highway Patrol Man, from his 1982 album Nebraska.  The song tells the story of Joe Roberts and his brother, Franky, and is set in the 1960s. Franky is portrayed as unruly and frequently causing and encountering trouble, while Joe is the more mature, sensible brother who always comes to his aid.

 As a teenager, I used to rock to Cadillac Ranch, which I still consider one of my favorite pick-me up songs. Others in my top favorite songs by the boss include: The Promise; Thunder Road; Darkness on the Edge of Town; I Wish I were Blind; Atlantic City; The Ghost of Tom Joad; The River; Backstreet; Candy's Room; State Trooper; Adam Raised a Cain; Rosalita; Wages of Sin; Born In The US; Born To Run; The Wrestler and a pile more.

Witnessing the Talents offers the top 25 Springsteen videos on You-Tube. Check it out!

I rarely watch award shows, but I will be watching the opening of the Grammy's tonight, for what I expect will be a show stopper.

What are your favorite Springsteen songs?

1 comment:

Nancy Crozier said...

"The River," absolutely. Who wants to listen to happy songs when one is sad?