by Robert Wilkinson
I composed this yesterday, but due to a lack of connectivity I couldn't get it posted. Anyway, I wouldn't want this time to pass by without offering a very Happy Big One to Bruce Springsteen, since he's truly one of the best. Libra all the way, he's another icon in the pantheon of Libra musician archetypes that include John Lennon, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, and many more. I've Been hip to this guy and his music since the early 70s. For your consideration, a happy birthday assemblage of a few pieces.
Thanks for being the workingman's voice all these years. I was once told that very few good things come from New Jersey, and that you were definitely one of them. You've proved that true over the years. Thanks for everything, and on with the video party! Some of these take forever to load, and you may have to put some on pause so that there aren't numerous interruptions.
THE song that woke a lot of the world up! A great performance of Born To Run
From my recent post, Chimes of Freedom. The link to the video is at the bottom of the article. Please take a moment to reread the post, since the Chimes of Freedom are flashing for all of us.
The ever incredible Thunder Road from the 1979 No Nukes concert.
Another magnificent performance of Thunder Road from 1976 (when he made the covers of Time AND Newsweek on the same week!)
Here's Youngstown done live in Youngstown.
The song he says Patti Smith "stole" from him, in that she definitely made it a major hit on her own before Bruce's version, the awesome Because the Night from a 2007 European performance.
Here's his rocking version of the Gary U.S. Bonds mega-hit A Quarter To Three
A 1975 version of Rosalita one of the first of his many tunes that let me know he was a force majure.
Here's Prove It All Night, another great turn from his early days.
We close this brief Happy Birthday celebration with him doing one of my favorite tunes of all time, All Along The Watchtower. Dylan wrote it, Hendrix did the definitive version, and Springsteen keeps it alive!
Copyright © 2008 Robert Wilkinson