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song du jour: bruce springsteen.mrs. mcgrath

for your taste o’ ireland tonight, let’s go with bruce springsteen’s (why not, eh?) take on the traditional irish tune, ‘mrs. mcgrath’. it’s a not-so-upbeat number about a mother’s son returning home from war, but a fantastic song nonetheless and a classic example of irish storytelling through song.

from a song of war to an actual war (always one to make a good segue-way when possible). it’s a war in central africa that is reaching it’s twenty-fifth year, but in all likelihood, a war you may not be familiar with. it is also a war that my sister has been actively involved in attempting to help reach an end for the past five years.

she started her work with invisible children in high school after their documentary was shown in one of her classes (i highly recommend checking it out if you have an hour to spare). the following year, she spearheaded the fundraising efforts at her school and they ended up raising the third highest amount of money out of all the schools in the country. this, in turn, earned her a trip to uganda to help put those funds to work (the trip was documented in the invisible children film, go look for the sis in there!). she continued in college, taking her sophomore year fall semester off to travel around to schools in the pacific northwest to help spread the word. after that experience, she ended up taking the spring semester off as well to help out at the invisible children headquarters.

so, why do i bring this up in the middle of irish week? (still did manage to get the irish tune in there, thank you very much.) invisible children is holding their next big event on april twenty-fifth and my sister is currently in fundraising mode again. if you have a minute, check out her page, watch the video to see what it’s all about and if the generosity bug has really bitten you, it would be awesome if you could make a donation. any amount, of course, helps. tanks much! (irish accent there.)

— 3 years ago with 7 notes
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My music was a tool for detective work. At some point I think that’s why the records took a long time. I identified with music so deeply…

And I’m still so deeply connected to my work that the questions that I tried to answer at 27: who am I? Where do I belong? What’s it mean to be working? What’s possible to address as a musician? What does it mean to be an American? What does it mean to be a son? A friend, you know? Later on, a father?

…These are all things that I felt driven to search through the mysteries of in my music. I don’t know if it was a choice. I think in the end very often your stories choose you, rather than you choosing your stories.

And I think as a young man I had so much confusion that this was my way to try and resolve and repair. All artists are repairers: make some movies, paint a picture, write a book, write a song – it’s repairing work. And that was how I thought of my craft.

Bruce Springsteen, introducing the Italian screening of The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town at the Rome Film Festival, 1 November 2010. 


— 3 years ago with 12 notes
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