Springsteen goes Đole

Moj prvi največji idol med glasbeniki, Bruce Springsteen, se je odločil, da bo šel po isti poti kot moj drugi največji glasbeni idol, Đorđe Balašević. Springsteen se je odločil, da gre na Broadway predstavljat svojo življenjsko pot, začinjeno z najbolj ganljivimi pesmimi iz svojega repertoarja. Podobno kot je naredil Đole pred dvema letoma.

Na žalost bom ostal samo pri tem, da sem lahko užival Đoletovo življenjsko pot in zgodbe o njegovem dedu, Sprinsteenovega nastopa na Broadwayu pač očitno ne bom videl (šmrc). Mi je pa zelo všeč, ko Bruce (poet delavskega razreda) uvodoma pove, da v življenju ni imel spodobne službe, službe od 9 do 5, kljub temu pa so vse njegove pesmi prav o tem… Težko bolje začneš slačenje pred gledalci.

The man known as “The Boss” certainly knows how to work a room. Standing alone on stage in the Walter Kerr Theatre (capacity 939), dressed in a black T-shirt and dark jeans, Bruce Springsteen goes off-microphone early in his new Broadway show to confess something. “I’ve never held an honest job in my entire life,” he declares. “I’ve never done an honest day’s work. I’ve never worked 9 to 5.” Then he pauses a beat: “And yet that is all I have ever written about.” (Laughter.) “I have become absurdly successful writing about something of which I have absolutely no practical experience.” (More laughter.)

It is a nicely prepared line, well timed and well delivered. It would do fine in any of the stadium shows the rock star has played for decades. But Mr Springsteen’s showmanship here lies in the act of speaking directly to the room. He knows the fact that he can be heard, unamplified, is part of the magic. He is inviting his audience to lean in and listen as he tells and sings the story of his life.

He does a similar trick with “Born in the USA”, which he pointedly reminds the audience was meant as a protest song. He sings it after talking about friends he lost in the Vietnam war, and after telling how he and two of his friends managed not to get drafted, although their numbers were called. “I sometimes wonder who went in my place, because somebody did.” The rendition that follows, played on acoustic guitar, and sung without any enthusiasm for the song’s famous title chorus, is true to its crushingly downbeat verses. It feels nothing like the rock anthem that he and the E Street Band released in 1984. This is a 68-year-old man considering his mortality, and shaping his legacy.

Vir: The Economist

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