Saturday, June 24, 2006

Big Boss Man

Let me just say that I am a huge Springsteen fan. I am also a big fan of a lot of the things he does with his bully pulpit. I loved Rock The Boat, and the way he backed the Dixie Chicks when the NASS(HOLE)CAR beer swilling thugs were after them for merely having the gall to speak their minds in America. Friday morning Springsteen, who is promoting a new, brilliant album, We Shall Overcome, The Seeger Sessions, goes on CNN to be interviewed. Soledad O'Brian starts capping on him about being politically active instead of being nice and playing requests for Massa in da big house.

  • Crooks & Liars


  • for the clip. BRUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCE. (cue "Growin' Up)

    9 Comments:

    Anonymous Father Tyme said...

    While I agree with most of your assessment of Bruce, I have a great deal of trouble with his voice, or rather his singing. He almost reminds me of Sly Stallone trying to sing. Don't get me wrong, I like his politics and outspokeness(Sp?) but I'm a little bit snobbish on music. I can hear quarter tones too well!
    It was like Paul Shaeffer(Sp?) of the Letterman show doing an imitation of Cher singing "Ave Maria"! That was a howl.
    Sorry. Hope I didn't offend.

    4:24 PM  
    Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

    nah, no offense. i agree with his pitch problems. i just allow him to more than make up for it with phrasing and passion. one of the things that has me excited about this tour and album, along with the possibility of a small or larger scale revival of folk traditions is that his shows had become stilted, overproduced, and far too stagey. when he does stuff like "Nebraska" though I really admire him. I also lilke the way that he follows his own muse, having decided long ago that he had made enough money and it was time to go back to making music. money may well be a welcome by-product, but it's music that is being made first.

    8:08 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I watched the documentary (?)of the recording session for that cd. That was fun.deb

    10:26 AM  
    Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

    Yes it was. I love sessions like that. One of the best experiences I have had in music was with the Clancy Brothers. We were at S.I.R. on Sunset, stage 6, they hung 3 big ass RCA mikes from the ceiling, we formed a circle and made music. The record happened, but we were making the music first.

    11:18 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    minstrel boy, how cool! (the music making)deb

    5:30 AM  
    Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

    yes it was. it is a shame that it is so rare in the industry. it used to be "let's go into the studio and record a song." now, it's "let's make a record." or even more crass "let's make a hit."
    one of the things i would love to see with a resurgence of folk music is people actually out there playing. not being concerned about how good they are but how much fun they are having

    9:20 AM  
    Blogger Deb said...

    Did you check out the site? My sister introduced me to it. eFolkMusic is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to keep folk music alive. It's a cool site. I'm a believer!

    And, I agree with you about playing music. I've always had trouble finding where my music 'fits'. I'm not a good enough picker to be able to play along with others, and usually others don't know the songs I'm singing either. But when people play for fun, it doesn't really matter. deb

    12:20 PM  
    Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

    I have indeed checked out the site. It's good and now on the link list. Welcome to my little corner of webland...come in and check it out any time...

    3:04 PM  
    Blogger Deb said...

    Thank you! This looks like a good place to be. :) deb

    3:33 PM  

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