#darkness on the edge of town
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band-“Something in the Night”
Whoever decided that it was inherently uncool to love Bruce Springsteen needs to be strapped behind the wheel of a fast American car (though a Nissan also works according to the independent study I’m conducting) at 1 in the morning with Darkness on the Edge of Town being the only music option and 128 decibels being the only acceptable volume.
What I’m trying to say here is that I fucking love Bruce Springsteen.
Did you hear somebody say that it is inherently uncool to love Bruce Springsteen? I didn’t hear anybody say that it is inherently uncool to love Bruce Springsteen.
In fact, I heard that it is inherently cool to fucking love Bruce Springsteen.
"And, as you know, as you can see, the song “The Promise” is not on Darkness. The band played it, and they knew it was great, knew that it might be the best song that Bruce Springsteen ever wrote. And it fit on the album, it was in many ways everything that Springsteen was trying to say. Only Springsteen could not let go of it. The song was too close to him. He has never been able to explain it any better than that. Some think The Promise is really about his fight with Appel for control of his own music. Some think it is about his fear of losing himself in success, his fear of losing what he thought was the best part of himself. Some think it is about his friends who got left behind.
In the end, of course, it doesn’t matter what The Promise means to Bruce Springsteen — doesn’t matter beyond trivia. Like all great songs, all great art, it only matters what it means to the person who accepts it. Springsteen did not put The Promise on Darkness, though for a while he played it at clubs. Then he stopped doing that too. By the time he released it in 1999 on 18 Tracks — the first version I first heard — it was a different song, more wistful, less bitter, more sad, less rebellious, all piano. And now, more than 30 years later, Bruce Springsteen releases an album of those songs that he recorded and left by the side of the road while making Darkness. There is the bar song “Rendezvous” and his raw version of “Because The Night” and the upbeat (if disturbing) “Fire” and a remarkable rock version of “Racing In The Streets” that sounds like it belongs on Born To Run (In this version, the car is a Ford, with a 383 — probably a Mercury Marauder Engine from the late 1950s). Springsteen is 61 now and he writes now that these songs are like old friends."
#Darkness on the Edge of Town
Joe Blogs: The Promise
Joe Posnanski, “America’s best baseball writer”, has written a fabulous piece on his blog about what The Promise and Darkness on the Edge of Town mean to him. It’s a really moving and heartwarming personal post, and it’s one of the best things I have ever read about Bruce’s music and the way it touches so many different people’s lives. Don’t miss it.
Tonight I’ll be on that hill `cause I can’t stop
#Darkness on the Edge of Town
I became a Bruce Springsteen fan in 1978. One of my all time life regrets/wishes was to see A Darkness show. Even though going then wasn’t a real possibility because I wasn’t aware of the concerts until it was too late. Come Tuesday when the box set The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story is released a little of that wish may come true.
My college roommates and I were a bit fanatical way back when. Kind of like those movies where the stalkers keep the closet full of pictures:
I promise we were harmless though.
Our room decor wasn’t much better:
(and no I don’t know what happened to the L.A. Sports Arena poster. Evidently it is a little valuable)
Here we are thinking we were quite savvy to put up those Rolling Stone covers like that. (I’m on the left)
(I think that is Bruce Kool-Aid that we’re drinking.)
So, yes I’m a little excited about the box set release. No one wails like Bruce.
I’ll be on that hill with everything I got
Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
I’ll be there on time and I’ll pay the cost
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town
Thanks for sharing kathy7!