Long before Chris Christie was plugging up political opponents and their citizens on the highway, Bruce Springsteen was jamming the New Jersey turnpike with broken heroes on a last chance power drive.
There tend to be two groups of people when it comes to Bruce Springsteen: those that love him, and those that think he is overrated but inevitably doesn’t his music well. For most music folks I know, there tends to be a bit of light bulb moment when you just get what Springsteen does. Whether it’s finally seeing his immaculate gift of storytelling, prophetic understanding of American culture, or you just caught him live and felt his magic (as I did), something just sinks in.
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So with yesterday being the Fourth of July, you may be a little America’d out – or maybe you are the type of person that never gets sick of the old red, white, and blue. Either way, we opted for a list that isn’t straight up American patriotic songs (that list will come another time), but still captures the American spirit. We opted to do the best songs about freedom and independence, which is what is really at the core of the Fourth of July – going way beyond any mushy nationalism. We figured this works for everyone, including our international readers as well. Plus, Todd hates America, so staying away from a straight up American list was in the blog’s best interest to keep him from quitting. So here are the ten songs we thought best instill the spirit and message of freedom.
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So I thought about giving a full on album review for the new Springsteen album Wrecking Ball, but I had two issues with that idea; one, the album isn’t overly interesting to write about and two, I was a bit short on time. Instead I’ve decided to review what I would consider a real oddball of track on Wrecking Ball in “Rocky Ground”.
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