Tina Kakadelis
YA Author


Burn Before Reading: A Carly Allen Story

Quote of the Day: 08.29.17 WWBSD? aka What Would Bruce Springsteen Do?

Guys, we made it to the end of the album. I'm very sad about this. It's been so nice talking endlessly about Bruce Springsteen without someone asking me who that is.

Jungleland is easily one of my favorite Springsteen songs. It's a nine and half minute long roller coaster of a song. Springsteen himself called it a "spiritual battlefield."

As much as this album is built on hope, Springsteen ends the album on this sad note with the death of Jungleland's "hero," Rat. Not only does he die, but his dreams die right along with him. And no one cares. No one watches the ambulance pull away or sees Barefoot Girl turning off her light. There was some quote from a book I read when I was younger. The basic gist of it was that no one's crying should go unnoticed. Someone should notice, someone should care, and the world should stop. I think it's fair to say the same goes for Rat and Barefoot Girl's endings. The world should've stopped, but it just kept turning on. Didn't even pause for them. That's a tragedy if I've ever heard one.

I know I talk a lot about music and how I think it'll save the world, but I'll always stand by that. Especially, I think Clarence Clemons' saxophone solo on this song can save the whole entire world. It's not actually one take. The solo was cut together by Springsteen after a sixteen-hour recording session. After that crazy ordeal, Clemons said that the solo "sounds a lot like love." And it really, truly, honestly does.

Clemons sadly isn't around anymore and for a long while, Jungleland was removed from the set list because it truly felt like Clemons' song. In 2012, Springsteen played it again for the first time since Clemons' passing with Clemons' nephew on the saxophone. It's such a magical performance.

Since this is the end of talking about Born to Run, I want to share one last quote Springsteen said about the album itself.

I wanted to make the greatest rock record that I'd ever heard. I wanted it to sound enormous, to grab you by your throat and insist that you take that ride, insist that you pay attention – not just to the music, but to life, to being alive.

If you've never listened to any Springsteen songs, this is the album to start with. It's honest, urgent, alive, terrified, and hopeful. Every single emotion in the human condition is contained in this album. I don't know the person that I'd be without Born to Run.

Thank you, Springsteen.

(See you tomorrow for our regularly scheduled programming. With significantly less Springsteen much to my chagrin.)