To be honest, the only thing I knew about him was that he was the guy who sang "Born in the USA". You know I listen to rock music a lot and I really liked this song, so I agree, said, yes, why not?!
It was one of those beautiful summer evenings, the 9th of July 2012.
I sat there, in this huge Swiss stadium, scared of this huge amount of people, not sure what I should expect.
And then, the show begun, nearly silently, I just realized it because everybody start screaming when the band came onstage. He greeted the audience in Swiss german with this awesome American accent.
He had me at the very first song. I was so surprised how much I actually liked it. After a while, I could not sit on my seat any longer. I run down to the standing audience and start dancing around, in the middle of these people I don't even know, sang songs I heard the first time then. And I never felt so free, I felt like I could fly. It was perfect, this summer night, standing in the middle of people I don't know, dance like I never danced before.
To understand, why this moment means so much to me, I have to go back a little. This is kind of personal, but hey, this blog is personal, that's the idea behind it.
I suffered from a type of depression for about 2 1/2 years, over a half year I barley left the house. So this concert was the first step back to normality. But I never expected it to be such a huge influence on my life. I never felt the same on a concert before and never the same after.
So, the 9th of July was this huge turning point in life. Thanks to Bruce Springsteen.
Now, I can say his easily my favorite musician. Most of the time I listen to his music and I still discover new songs I love.
Well, I probably should explain, what I exactly like about Bruce Springsteen, what makes him stand out from the crowd.
First thing is of course, his music, this huge variety of songs, slow once, fast once, sad once, happy once.. well, you get it right?
And please do me a favor, if you listen to his songs, listen carefully listen to the lyrics. Because the lyrics make Bruce Springsteen so outstanding for me. Of course he's this famous musician BUT he's still a working class man. And that's what his songs are about, the working class, the "normal" people and their worries about their lives, loves, politic, economy, everything! It's pure and authentic rock music. I mean this now 65 year old Bruce Springsteen sings out his soul and makes every concert his very best, is incredible and unique. If you get the chance, watch one of his concerts on youtube, or even better go to a concert!
What I find extremely impressing and inspiring is Bruce character. As I said he's still a working class man, despite his success so down to earth and, that's the point a really good friend, a perfect "Boss".
His band, "the heart-stopping, pants-dropping, hard-rocking, booty-shaking, love-making, earth-quaking, Viagra-taking, justifying, death-defying, legendary" E Street Band is a strong group of musician but more important of friends.
As he lost one of his best friends, and for me the best saxophonist ever, Clarence "Big Man" Clemons he made this wonderful speech to honor him, I really want to share some parts of it here, because for me, they reflect so truly how deep their relationship was:
"(....)Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.
(...)his love and his story, the story that he gave me, that he whispered in my ear, that he allowed me to tell… and that he gave to you… is gonna carry on.
(...) Big Man, thank you for your kindness, your strength, your dedication, your work, your story. Thanks for the miracle… and for letting a little white boy slip through the side door of the Temple of Soul. (...) "
(Here's the whole speech if you would like to read it: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/bruce-springsteens-eulogy-for-clarence-clemons-20110629)
And the way he honored his band with is induction speech as they FINALLY joined "The Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame" this year.
(Here's the link to that: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XO53Rmp8gDs)
But the thing which shows me the most this strong bond between the E Street Band and Bruce Springsteen is the song "If I should fall behind" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmUG1ffgKFw
So, you see, Bruce Springsteen is not just a legendary musician but also a legendary friend. That's what makes him one of my biggest idols. I know, I wasn't there from the very beginning but that doesn't matter when you're a part of this huge family...
I will definitely post a list of my current favorite songs very soon (there are a loooot!) but for now:
Happy Birthday, Bruce! And thank you for everything! I couldn't ask for a better "Boss"!