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Sunday, September 09, 2012

Springsteen Rocks Wrigley

I just saw Bruce Springsteen last night in the second of two sold-out Chicago shows at Wrigley Field. Midway through the show it started to pour. Did that stop Springsteen and the E Street Band? Not at all. In fact, Springsteen continued out onto the catwalks into the audience in the rain, with his guitar, at one point lying down on the stage and spinning around. Already soaked in sweat, he mixed in Chicago's unpredicted precipitation. An incredible performance - no, not a performance - an interactive religious experience where he annouced that we were all "in the house," along with his large, incredible band. No divas here, no one phoning it in. Everyone giving their all for us and for each other. Call it what you will - top notch entertainment, a religious experience, a political convention. Maybe even a great class.


Some of us talk here about music and how it moves and influences our lives, our work, our teaching. Some of us use music as collolaries, for analogies - music reaches us and we can reach our students though music. From Springsteen we can all take away dedication to craft and communication with an interactive audience community. Good people skills equate with good lawyering skills.

Posted by DBorman on September 9, 2012 at 04:17 PM | Permalink


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Well, Springsteen said that the rain was a benediction.

Posted by: DBorman | Sep 10, 2012 12:43:57 PM

Great performer, yes.

Religious experience? A bit much, I think. Who's the deity?

Posted by: Anon | Sep 10, 2012 11:57:52 AM

I was there both nights, and both times was struck by some of the same things you mentionned--his rare ability to communicate with the audience, to share his energy, to lift spirits. That's exactly what should happen in a good classroom. I've always said that the classroom is a sacred place, and that's what was going on in the friendly confines this weekend.

Posted by: Helen | Sep 9, 2012 9:16:06 PM

When I was a high school kid in New Jersey, we used to sneak into fraternity parties at Rutgers, where the E Street Band often played. When Greetings from Asbury Park came out, nobody but us locals cared. We liked it mostly for the cover. Nobody cared about Jersey back then.

Posted by: shg | Sep 9, 2012 5:50:15 PM

Funny. My last concert in the rain was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RHSCJLp6AA. To my knowledge, it's the only Pink Floyd show ever to be rained out. I was a senior in high school, and went with my girlfriend. We lived in Dallas but took advantage of the $40 each way SWA commuter tickets and stayed with a friend who was a freshman at Rice. Hard to believe that was the better part of twenty years ago.

(Tying it back to Professor Borman's post, both the (long since ex-)girlfriend and I live a few miles from Wrigley Field -- her west, and me south.)

Posted by: Josh | Sep 9, 2012 5:13:22 PM

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