December 2, 2009

Bruce Springsteen - excellent interview in Billboard


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Here it is, the Billboard  interview with Bruce.  Blogness on the Edge of Town has some excerpts from the article, so if your not huge fan and don't intend to read the entire article, you can check out his blog.

Here is one thing that stood out to me, and its so TRUE, I actually feel sorry for the people born into today's world of music where you buy a CD and play a few good songs off it and ignore the rest:

We had done so many shows and were going to come back around one more time, so we were like, “OK, what can we do that we haven’t done? Let’s try to play some of the albums.” There were some people who were starting to do it, it sounded like a good idea, and my audience fundamentally experienced all my music in album form. People took “Born To Run” home and played it start to finish 100 times; they didn’t slip on a cut in the middle. And we made albums — we took a long time, and we built them to last. The idea is, “There’s no stinkers on this thing.”
The last questions of the interview with an answer that sums up what sets Bruce apart from so many other artists:

What haven't you done that you'd still like to do?

Well, I'm about to do it in about an hour from now. I'm looking forward to that. It's all in the doing right now. What I want to do is what I'm doing, except I want to do it a little better tonight than I did last night. I want to write some better songs to mine and my audience's life today. We've made records over the past 10 years that have found as integral a place in my fans' lives as any the records from my past days. They talk about who you are, who I am, where we are, where we live, and what we're about. I'm just looking forward to going out there in an hour and looking into those faces like I've done over the past 35 years.



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9 comments:

Bond said...

I have complained about the lost art of album sequencing in the past...ah the time when you did put the album on ad listened in sequence --and the way the artists made a 'storyline

does not happen much anymore and that sucks

Barbara aka Layla said...

Bond, agreed!

Sean Coleman said...

Attention spans have dwindled.

There is very little engagement required to flip through itunes. Artists who don't have passion for what they put across to listeners get back what they give.

At one point in time, you had a vinyl record that you had to attend to. Clean it, carefully apply the needle, and prepare to embark on a journey.

Then you had to flip it over. Sometimes it was tough to get up and do it, but you were compelled by the mystery and allure of the mind-blowing side opener that would be your reward if you did.

Engagement with technology is easier than flipping a light switch now. No one has to work to listen and music becomes disposable. Skip, skip, skip, skip, because you can.

I choose to stay the course, whether it's with my ipod or turntable. Note to artists: As long as you don't bore the hell out of me, I'm listening. Just make it count.

Barbara aka Layla said...

Sean, that was excellent. Its sad but true of the way we live today in many areas. Some things have become "too easy" and we don't appreciate things as much if we don't put any effort into them at all.

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rakeback said...

Bruce is one of my all time favorites!

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