Thursday, December 3, 2009

First post.

Hey everyone,

This the inaugural post. Firstly, I'd like to thank the academy. No seriously. Hi guys. I'm writing this blog because I like music and other stuff and I like introducing people to good music and talking to people about music. There you have it. Let's get this thing started.

Tonight like most nights, I went out to get a coffee. I usually go around 12:30, every night, right after I feed my dogs their dinner. I love my little ritual. I walk to my favorite coffee shop in the West Village, and listen to music on my iPod. New York is a great city for just roaming around and listening to music, taking in the sights and smells. For tonight and the past few nights, I've listened to Bruce Springsteen's phenomenal 1978 album, "Darkness On The Edge of Town" during my nightly excursions. The whole record is brilliant, but I am really into the last three songs, "Streets of Fire," "Prove It All Night" and "Darkness On The Edge of Town."
I don't know what it is about his music that resonates with me, but there's something. A lot of people who I know, one friend in particular, believe his music is just for jocks and assholes, but that is a narrow minded view. His songs are the musical embodiment of youthful rebellion and swagger. It's got such a melodramatic attitude. It's got bursts of lust, rage, happiness sadness and raw energy. It sounds corny as fuck, I know, but when I listen to music like that, something changes in me. I like to think it's a change for the better.

Here's a little taste of his music.


  1. Also pride. And that whole validation of the blue collar 'little guy' thing.
    My iPod is a Lifesaver--this native couldn't continue to walk (more like hobble, though some might say stalk) the streets of NY, ride its subways and buses, without it.
    Nice start. Always dig hearing/reading about music from an earnest and passionate fan, as opposed to Jim Farber.

  2. hey man,
    thanks. glad you like it!

  3. From one musician (and journalist) to another, I have to concur. On Darkness, he stuck with the blue collar theme and left off "Because the Night," "Fire' and others deemed unrelated to the theme. It's also the first album where his songs are direct, structured and concise, not going into several movements and changes like some film score. But I preferred that side of Springsteen, namely on his second album The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle from '73. What an epic album and only 7 cuts at that. Check out my blog if you get time-