Bruce Springsteen Part Six
I’m happy to type this blog, Bruce Springsteen Part Six, which I like better than the one I did yesterday, and I hope you will continue reading and listening.
Springsteen( second from right )was among the five recipients of the 2009
Kennedy Center Honors Springsteen draws on many musical influences from the reservoir of traditional American popular music, folk, blues and country. From the beginning, rock and roll has been a dominant influence and Springsteen‘s musical and lyrical evocations, as well as public tributes, of artists such as Dylan, Presley, The Animals, Roy Orbison, Gary“ U.S.“ Bonds, and many others helped to rekindle interest in their music. Springsteen‘s other preferred musical style is American folk, evident on his debut album, Greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey, and more strongly on Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad. Springsteen songs such as “This Hard Land“ demonstrate the lyrical and musical influence of Woody Guthrie.
Elements of Latin American music, jazz, soul, and funk influences can be heard on Springsteen‘s second album, The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle; the song “New York City Serenade“ is even reminiscent of the music of George Gershwin. Prominent in these two records is the pianist David Sancious, who left the band shortly into the recording of Springsteen‘s third album, Born To Run (which also emphasized the piano, played by Roy Bittan).
Subsequently, Springsteen focused more on the rock elements of his music. He initially compressed the sound and developed Darkness on the Edge of Town just as straightforward as concise musical idiom, for the simple riffs, rock guitar solos and clearly recognizable song structures are dominant. His music has been categorized as heartland rock, a style typified by Springsteen, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Bob Seger, and John Mellencamp. This music has a lyrical reference to the U.S. everyday and the music is kept rather simple and straightforward. This development culminated with Springsteen‘s hit album Born in the U.S.A., the title song of which has a constantly repeating, fanfare-like keyboard riff and a pounding drum beat. These sounds fit with Springsteen‘s voice: it cries to the listener the unsentimental story of a disenchanted angry figure. Even songs that can be argued to be album tracks proved to be singles that enjoyed some chart success, such as “My Hometown“ and “I‘m on Fire“, in which the drum line is formed from subtle hi-hat and rim-clicks-shock (shock at the edge of the snare drum) accompanied by synthesizer and Springsteen‘s soft guitar line. The album, along with some previous records such as “Cadillac Ranch“ showed clear rockabilly influences as is evident from his guitar solos, in-fills and vocal styles on these. Another clear influence of early rock n roll on Springsteen‘s music is evident on the song “Light of Day“.
In recent years, Springsteen has changed his music further. There are more folkelements up to the gospel to be heard. His 2005 solo album, Devils and Dust, drew rave reviews not only for Springsteen‘s complex songwriting, but also for his expressive and sensitive singing.
On the album We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions Springsteen performed folkclassics with a folk band, rather than his usual E Street Band. On his ensuing tour he also interpreted some of his own rock songs in a folk style.
On his 2012 album, Wrecking Ball, Springsteen incorporated a variety of styles, including folk, gospel, and even hip-hop, with a rap in the song “Rocky Ground“.His studio work with producer Ron Aniello, Wrecking Ball and High Hopes, has also become more experimental, featuring loops and computerized sounds.
I spent most of my life as a musician measuring the distance between the American Dream and American reality.
— Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen has been called a “rock ‘n’ roll poet“ who “radiated working-class authenticity“. Often described as cinematic in their scope, Springsteen‘s lyrics frequently explore highly personal themes such as individual commitment, dissatisfaction and dismay with life in a context of everyday situations. Springsteen‘s themes include social and political commentary and are rooted in the struggles faced by his own family of origin.
It has been recognized by whom that there was a shift in Springsteen‘s lyrical approach starting with the album Darkness on the Edge of Town, in which he focused on the emotional struggles of working class life.
Springsteen was out riding his motorcycle on November 11, 2016 when it brokedown and he was stranded alongside the road. A group of men from the Freehold American Legion in New Jersey were returning from a Veterans Day event on their motorcycles when they spotted Springsteen and stopped to help. Springsteen hitched a ride on the back of one of the men‘s motorcycles to a nearby restaurant where the group grabbed a round of drinks, for which Springsteen picked up the tab, while waiting for his ride.
Springsteen has spoken about struggles with depression.
While rejecting religion in his earlier years, Springsteen stated in his autobiography Born To Run that he has “a personal relationship with Jesus. I believe in his power to save, love … but not to damn“. In terms of Catholic faith, he has stated that he “came to ruefully and bemusedly understand that once you‘re a Catholic you‘re always a Catholic“ and “I don’t participate in my religion but I know somewhere … deep inside … I‘m still on the team.“
In an interview in 2017 with Tom Hanks, Springsteen admitted to having been a tax evader early in his career.
Springsteen playing at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, UK, in2012