Bruce Springsteen

I missed the big news from this morning, until a bit later than I usually would have read it. I generally start my day by scanning Twitter and/or Facebook and/or the NY Times, but I started the day today reading this interview with Bruce Springsteen in Rolling Stone. I have no regrets. It was a good article and much more pleasant to read than the news.

I spent a good bit of the day today listening to Springsteen while I was working. I never really liked Bruce when I was younger. I’m not entirely sure why. I liked a lot of what is now called “classic rock”, but I didn’t like Bruce. I started to appreciate him a bit after college, when I got a chance to hear some of his quieter songs, and other stuff outside of his big hits. I still didn’t like him enough then to actually buy any of his albums, but I had a bit of respect for him. And that respect has grown, as he’s done some pretty interesting stuff over the years. Still, not enough to go out and buy any albums though.

But now, for some reason, I’m getting interested in both his new album and his back catalog. I’m even unironically enjoying some of his old hits (though some still strike me as a bit corny). So I listened to some random stuff today, via Amazon Music, and Spotify, and YouTube.

I still haven’t talked myself into getting a paid subscription to Spotify or Apple Music or anything, so there are limits to what I can listen to that way, and I’m still the kind of guy that wants to buy CDs or MP3s. I went around in circles today, thinking about buying some stuff, and eventually settled on buying a used copy of Essential Bruce Springsteen from a seller on Discogs for $6. (It should be the full 3 CD version.) I also found that there’s a good bit of live Springsteen stuff available via That might be worth digging into, though I don’t want to wind up with a live Springsteen obsession that looks anything with my live Phish obsession from several years back. (It didn’t really cost me a lot of money, but it’s taking up a lot of disk space.)

Bruce is also on the cover of the AARP Magazine that I just got in the mail today. I haven’t read the article yet, but I’m looking forward to it. And I just remembered that Springsteen on Broadway is on Netflix, so I can add that to my watch list.

Today is also Bandcamp Friday, again. Today, I bought Good Music to Avert the Collapse of American Democracy, Volume 2, along with a live Jason Isbell album, and the new Drive-By Truckers album. So, not as much as last month (only about $40 vs $75 last month).

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