The River by Bruce Springsteen

As I get older, I appreciate Bruce Springsteen more and more. He speaks for every man-straightforward and sincere.

The Boss makes some busker’s day on a street in Copenhagen, singing one of my favorites, “The River.”

I used to spend summers with my aunt in a small town called, Parker, Arizona just below the Parker Dam, along the Colorado River. Every afternoon, during the hottest part of the day, we’d sit in underneath the swamp cooler and listen to Bruce. And his words still ring true as ever:

“Is a dream a lie if it don’t come true
Or is it something worse that sends me
Down to the river though I know the river is dry”

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Springsteen’s Vision of America

Today on his website, Bruce Springsteen posted a letter endorsing Barack Obama.  The endorsement itself is not as striking to me as the Boss’ vision of America:

He speaks to the America I’ve envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that’s interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where “…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone.”

Amen.