Bruce Springsteen is a masterful performer. He throws himself into his music and as always, his Super Bowl performance was powerful and riveting. To see video of Springsteen at the Super Bowl (and a review of his performance) click on the first Source link below — Entertainment Weekly.
Bruce Springsteen started off his self proclaimed “party” at the Super Bowl with the song “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.” This has long been one of Springsteen’s most powerful songs. Some of the lyrics to this song seem quite appropriate to the Super Bowl battle. Springsteen’s lyric “And you can’t find the room to move, well everybody better move over, that’s all I’m running on the bad side, and I got my back to the wall” is certainly an interesting image that easily relates to the idea of a football player trying to make a run down the field.
The next song, “Born to Run” continues with this theme of running to a goal, or some new experience. This theme runs throughout so many of Bruce Springsteen’s songs. “Born to Run” may be most well known song of Springsteen. It was fun to imagine the billions of people around the world probably singing along to this song, or simply mouthing the words as he sang.
Entertainment Weekly states that these songs were recorded 35 years ago. Time flies. Springsteen still has the juice to blast those songs with a raw power that is incredibly emotionally moving. Bruce is like fine wine; he is just improving with age.
His next song at the Super Bowl “Working on a Dream” is a lighter song that speaks of love and dreams. Everyone at the Super Bowl probably felt like they were living a dream too, with all the magical musical performances there.
Bruce Springsteen feels like a piece of living Americana. His music is part of our social fabric. This past summer I pulled up to the boardwalk with the song “Adam Raised a Cain” blasting and two women walking on the boardwalk turned to the sound of the music and started singing along.
That made me laugh. Bruce Springsteen lives in the same county I do. Most people here have all of his songs memorized from listening to them so much in recent decades. When I was just out of college I had an apartment in the same town he lived in. It was fun to hear about Springsteen spottings. He was often seen at the gym and around town.
Springsteen is an American musical hero. His songs tell tales about America that so many people relate to. His songs are a form of American poetry.
http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/02/springsteen-hal.html (Entertainment Weekly)