September 23, 2009

Happy Birthday to a Legend

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite guys.

Today Bruce Springsteen turns 60.
Mary's dress has been waving since 1975. (although originally called Wings for Wheels and doesn't even mention Thunder Road once)
I wasn't even born yet.
My older brother wasn't even born yet.
Thunder Road is my favorite song of all time.
It's epic.
I still remember trying to learn all the words to this song while I was in college for the silliest reason. But I'm glad I did.
I remember the fall of 2004- I was working for World Cafe Live when XPN was conducting the 885 countdown. The countdown was ending on a Friday at happy hour right before David Dye's Funky Friday. I was miserable. I felt like my relationship with my boyfriend of the time was coming to an end. He had clocked out months earlier...but we hadn't offically pulled the trigger.

David Dye mentions "we have an upset at number one"--- I had no idea what to expect, but I hadn't heard Thunder Road at all during the times I had tuned in. Could it be? I mean-=-
it's my number one- but would Philadelphia agree?
I heard the first note...and if I remember correctly- I cried.

That same boyfriend taught me the difference between happy tears and sad tears.
My sadness over him and us abruptly vanished and was replaced by something that was solid in my life. Someone that still made me smile. Someone that stood that test of time and was there for me in my childhood just as much as the gals I shared best friend charms with.

Once again, his guitar talked to me on I-76 sitting in traffic that afternoon, and I finally noticed that the sun was actually shining the entire day
God- I would love to have a beer with him.
Happy Birthday Bruce.
There are so many versions on youtube. This one is from 1975.

1 comment:

  1. Can't count the amount of times I've been in traffic after a horrible day at work and this song has come on, completely changing everything I was feeling. It's nostalgic in the best way. Great post.

    oh and the 1975 Hammersmith Odeon version is EPIC.