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Quote of the Day: 08.22.17

Happy Bruce Springsteen Born to Run album release week!!!!

What? That's not a real, nationally recognized holiday? Uh, that does not seem right and I hope we, as a planet, fix that ASAP.

In case you didn't know, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run album came out on August 25th, 1975. In case you also didn't know, this blog is aggressively pro-Bruce Springsteen. I just think he's a really great guy who makes really beautiful music. As a celebration, I will go through the album and pick out one of my favorite quotes from each song. What's that? Doing this will alienate my already very minimal reader base? See if I care!

Before we talk about today's song, I want to share Bruce's thoughts when writing this album.

I wanted to craft a record that sounded like the last record on Earth, like the last record you might hear… the last one you’d ever NEED to hear. One glorious noise … then the apocalypse. From Elvis came the record’s physical thrust; Dylan, of course, threaded through the imagery of not just writing about SOMETHING but writing about EVERYTHING.

What I really like about his book is that he uses all caps wildly. Like that is such a dad move when it comes to technology.

Anyway, the album starts with Thunder Road. I'm very indecisive when it comes to choosing end all be all favorites, but I'm willing to bet that this is my favorite song of all time. It's a song about running away and leaving a town in the dust for a life of possibilities.

The song starts with a soft, twinkling piano and harmonica and ends with a roaring wall of sound. "It's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win." Those are the last lyrics of the song and their youthful, blind determination set the tone for the entire rest of the album. Thunder Road is urgent and so very earnest and I don't think I'll be able to fully articulate just how much I love this song. It's the perfect example of reckless, unbreakable, stupidly youthful optimism. But it's also sad and melancholy. And whose life isn't a mixture of hope and melancholy? To quote one of my favorite movies, Sing Street, "Your problem is that you're not happy being sad, but that's what love is, Cosmo: happy-sad."

See ya tomorrow.✌️