Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

Quote of the Day: 08.23.17 Springsteen & Fifty Shades of Grey

Song numero two in our eight-day long celebration of Springsteen's Born to Run is called Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out. My high school band director once randomly came out of his office and sang a few bars from this song. I'll never know why. I'm also pretty sure I was the only one who recognized it, but I wanted to seem cool so I pretended not to. Remember high school and how everyone pretended to be something they weren't to seem cooler? What a good time.

If I'm being totally honest, this was never one of my favorite songs on the album. It doesn't hit me like Night or Born to Run. I don't know why, but it never really jumped out at me. I'll always listen to it when it comes around and I'm listening to the whole album. However, one of my favorite tidbits about the song is that no one knows what Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out actually means. There is an ice cream place in Jersey named after the song and I would like to go to there.

The song itself is written about the formation of the E Street Band and it is really fun even though the name is a mystery. It's one of the few songs that I just like and have never really looked into lyrically. That's not to say I don't like the song, but it has never been a favorite of mine on the album. Is it still a great song to sing along to in the car? You betcha.

I will say, like always, the horns are beautiful. The thing I like about Springsteen, and most classic rock music, is that their songs sound fuller because they use real instruments. When I think of Springsteen, I think of big, loud noise. None of this electronic garbage. Even hair bands who used synth made a fuller sound than the dance music of today. Maybe this is why I've never gotten into electronic music. It just sounds hollow in comparison. A song like Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out has so many layers and it just makes you wanna get up and dance a little.

As a side note, I'm asking the readers of this blog to please help me. I just found out that one of my favorite Springsteen songs is used in the second Fifty Shades of Grey movie. (Or it's at least featured on the soundtrack.) I know. I'm just as shocked as you are. Since I would like to go my entire life without ever seeing a Fifty Shades of Grey movie, I am asking anyone with information as to how the song is used in the movie to please use the Contact Me page. I'm just really, genuinely confused about where the song, I'm on Fire, could possibly fit into this movie.

(My mom emailed yesterday to say that my post about Thunder Road sounded professional. I'm sure she'll feel the same about my Fifty Shades of Grey music hunt.)