Am I procrastinating? Yes. But this is important…
Bruce Springsteen, an iconic American rock artist, is more than a man whose music I listen to in order to feel patriotic or to seem like I appreciate the classics. Bruce Springsteen represents so much more in my life. The sound of Bruce represents the start of summer, the smell of chicken on the barbeque and my dad smoking a cigar, and the sight of flowers beginning to grow out of the ground. This is what Bruce Springsteen’s music means to me. “Born in the U.S.A.” is the first song played on my backyard stereo system every year when we open the porch and patio in anticipation for the warm months ahead. “Glory Days”, “Thunder Road”, “Born to Run”, and “Dancing in the Dark” are played as my daddy asks me to dance our traditional swing dance. Every now and then he’ll serenade me with a phrase or two. Finally, songs like “The River” and “Streets of Philadelphia” represent nights falling asleep on the porch as the Memorial Day party winds down. I remember as a child not being able to stay up late and falling asleep on the porch as these songs played on and on. This is what Bruce Springsteen means to me.