The History of America’s Music
Professor Randy Andropolis
October 30, 2012
Listening Assignment: “Born To Run” Bruce Springsteen If you talk many people who listen to classic rock and ask them if they know who “the boss” is and most would respond with one name, Bruce Springsteen. Springsteen has been an American rock n’ roll icon for almost three decades. For my listening assignment I chose to listen to Bruce’s breakout album “Born to Run”. Springsteen has been using the same band for years, The E Street band. Without this collection of hand picked musicians, now all good friends from their many years of touring and recording together it can be seen that the E Street band was essential to the success of Bruce Springsteen. After two albums that were not as successful as anticipated he came out with his third album “Born to Run”. The album “Born to Run” was one where he laid out all of his emotions and passion through his lyrics and melodies and it was a album that made him the legend that he is today.
“Born to Run” starts the album out with the deep song called “thunder road”. Many believe it to be his best song. Bruce himself says this about the song "So this was my... it was my big, my big invitation to my audience, to myself, [chuckles] to uh... anybody who was interested. Uh... my invitation to a long and earthly, very earthly journey. Hopefully in the company of uh, someone you love, people you love, and in search of a home you can feel a part of. Good luck and good evening." -Bruce Springsteen. The song starts off with a slow piano melody and then comes in strong at the end. The next song on the album is called “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out”, which many do not know the meaning of the title but it was believed to be about the formation of the E-Street band. This shows how “born to run” just the two opening tracks set the story of
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