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Tuesday, August 21, 2007


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I couldn't agree more, Sloop. In fact, I show the segment where he explains "The Rising" to my ugrad and grad classes in critical analysis. I never tire of seeing it, or fail to feel inspired, and my students are also transfixed. He doesn't just talk about what he was thinking with a song; he recounts his creative process as true craft -- the rhyming dictionary, the haunting of images he himself struggles to understand, the years of experience that guide him through. And then there's the music itself. Gives me chills.


my fave Bruce song is Downbound Train, a gem from "Born in the USA" that never got radio play, which partly makes it a gem.

"now I work down at the car wash where all it ever does is rain"

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