Music for the times we live in – Springsteen

Our uplifting music selection for difficult times last week was "Surrender" by Cheap Trick.

That drew a response from David Atkinson, procurement thinker and music fanatic (the only man I know in procurement whose music collection makes mine look pathetically insignificant). He suggested this Bruce Springsteen montage. As he said, "How’s this for a sequence that sums up these troubled times?

The REALITY….Youngstown
"Well my daddy come on the Ohio works when he come home from World War Two
Now the yard's just scrap and rubble, he said "Them big boys did what Hitler couldn't do."
Yeah these mills they built the tanks and bombs that won this country's wars
We sent our sons to Korea and Vietnam, now we're wondering what they were dyin' for"

Note the super-human guitar solo from Nils Logfren just after 4 minutes into this. Quite astonishing.

The DEFIANCE….Badlands
"Poor man wanna be rich,rich man wanna be king
And a king ain't satisfied, till he rules everything
I wanna go out tonight, I wanna find out what I got
I believe in the love that you gave me..."

The HOPE….Land of Hope and Dreams
"I will provide for you and I'll stand by your side
You'll need a good companion for this part of the ride
Leave behind your sorrows, let this day be the last
Tomorrow there'll be sunshine, and all this darkness past

Note the greatest scream in rock music at 8 mins 15 secs

For more music, look out tomorrow when we'll have our Christmas present recommendations - CDs for those difficult to please friends and relatives!

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  1. The Guitar Man:

    Rob, Went to see Bryan Adams at the O2 on Thursday night (not trendy enough for Mr Smith I suspect!). He was absolutely terrific! I’ve lucky enough to see many of the great over the years but this gig stands the test with most. Fabulous musicians (with the marvellous Keith Scott on guitar) and Adam’s faultless gruff rock voice. A sell out O2 doubtless agreed that was great rock and roll!

    1. Rob:

      I’m extremely jealous!

      I think it was 1991 when I last saw him live.

      Summer of 69? He never sang a single word – not when the audience was willing to sing every one.

  2. Rob:

    One for the Guitar Man….

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