2019 Media Overload

As 2019 is coming to an end in this entry I’m going to reflect on the passed year and the media I’ve consumed, starting with a glance at my own blog. It has been almost two years since I published the very first post “Stray Bullet” (January 23, 2018). Since then I’ve written 117 blogposts... Continue Reading →

Western Stars [film] (auf Deutsch)

Der Konzertfilm Western Stars wurde bereits im Oktober uraufgeführt. Gestern (4 Dezember) war's endlich so weit für mich den Film anzusehen. Wie die meisten von ihnen schon wissen, ist der Film eine filmische Fassung von Bruce Springsteens neuestem Album mit demselben Namen. Es ist eine künstleriche Erweiterung Springsteens Auftritts, der im April in seinem riesiegen... Continue Reading →

One Step Up

One Step Up off the album Tunnel of Love (1987) is a melancholy song that illustrates a troubled relationship/marriage. The song begins by describing a house with a broken furnace and a car that doesn't start, both of which can be seen as metaphors for the relationship that isn't working properly. Already in the first... Continue Reading →

Sherry Darling

At this time of year as the rain is pouring down, the days grow shorter and darker and my mind grows weary, I need music to lift my spirits. One of the songs I turn to is Sherry Darling. Sherry Darling is a summer song in its character. There's a "hot sun beating on the... Continue Reading →

This Hard Land

Springsteen began performing the song This Hard Land live in 1993. It was originally written and recorded for the album Born In The USA (1984), but was left off. Later it was re-recorded and became one of five previously unreleased songs on the 1995 Greatest Hits album. In 1998 the official 1982 studio version was released on... Continue Reading →

Western Stars [album]

One thought haunts me when I hear Bruce Springsteen's latest album, Western Stars: The young protagonist who, in the beginning of the breakthrough album Born to Run, takes his car and leaves his hometown (a city of losers) has not yet reached the end of the (Thunder) Road. He has been looking for a home... Continue Reading →

Western Stars [album] (auf Deutsch)

Ein Gedanke verfolgt mich, wenn ich Bruce Springsteens neuestes Album Western Stars höre: Der junge Protagonist, der am Anfang des Durchbruch-Albums Born to run das Auto nimmt und seine Heimatstadt (eine Stadt der Verlierer) verlässt, hat noch nicht die Endstation der Straße "Thunder Road" gefunden. Sein ganzes Leben hat er ein Zuhause gesucht und er wandert... Continue Reading →

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