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Bruce Springsteen Music Mix

Updated on August 22, 2017

Bruce Springsteen At The Stone Pony - 1986

Bruce Springsteen performs at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  I was there
Bruce Springsteen performs at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey. I was there | Source

Background

While I did attend the unannounced concert of Bruce Springsteen at the Stone Pony (pictured above), I had never been to one of his concerts until 2012. We attended a Bruce Springsteen concert in 2012 (Wrecking Ball tour) and once again in the Summer of 2016 (The River tour) in Philadelphia (Citizen's Bank). The 2016 show happened to be the longest USA concert ever given by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. The longest concert clocked in over four hours and we were there for the entire show. Since we have always been Bruce fans we enjoy listening to many of his songs including, but not limited to, "Girls In Their Summer Clothes". This article focuses on some of my favorite Springsteen songs (noted in quotes).

Overjoyed and still thrilled about being able to attend the Bruce concerts, we play his songs in the Man Cave almost every weekend. While we eagerly await the next album, book, concert, MP3 or tour, I wanted to pay tribute to Bruce by combining songs from all my favorite studio albums into this fictional story including some of his album titles (noted in bold).

Enjoy!

Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Girls In Their Summer Clothes

Girls In Their Summer Clothes (1973 - 1978)

I sit here on the beach sending you "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J." while I enjoy a typical beach day by the boardwalk. The day is warm and it happens to be the 4th of July. With the ocean tide rolling in, I think about going into the arcade to play pinball to kill some time. Because I am feeling so relaxed I almost forgot that I told Sandy I would meet her somewhere between Convention Hall and the Casino. Sandy "The Angel", has a sister known as "Mary Queen of Arkansas", they both live on E Street near the beach. Sandy, who has natural blonde hair and an hour glass shape, is a long time friend (and ex-girlfriend) wants to show me her new summer yellow polka dot bikini. Who am I to argue?

Sandy and her sister Mary moved from Arkansas and are now both considered a "Jersey Girl". Sandy, while sitting on her blanket, awaits the return from college of her long time friend (Kitty) who agreed to meet Sandy at the beach. Suddenly, as I approach Sandy, she spots a woman walking on the boardwalk and immediately shouts "Kitty's Back"!. Kitty, a stunning brunette, is wearing cut off jean shorts with a floral tank top and reminds me of Kate Beckinsale (sexiest woman alive). Sandy and Kitty hug and then spend some time talking since they hadn't seen each other since high school when they won first prize in the "E Street Shuffle" contest. The girls get chatty in the sand and eventually get comfortable on their beach towels for a bit while I watched "Girls In Their Summer Clothes". It was not long before the girls gathered their beach bags and walked towards the showers. I wasn't sure if there was room for a threesome but Sandy waved for me to come with them - so I did. We sat on a boardwalk bench discussing the night plans when Kitty said we should all head to Rosalita's place (hoping that she can come out tonight). "Rosalita" was a good friend to all of us but she drifted apart when she went away to college. Upon her return from college we all connected again a few years later and remain good friends to this day.

After picking up Rosalita, because "She's The One", the four of us realized that we were "Born To Run" as we ran down "Thunder Road" observing that the bedroom light was on in "Candy's Room". Candy, also a close friend with green eyes and gorgeous red hair, was a very popular "Redhead Woman" in high school but has since settled down to a simple life she now enjoys immensely. While we stood on the "Back Streets" looking into Candy's bedroom window, we saw Adam standing in front of Candy's window looking out at the street. Adam was an old boy friend to Candy and it looked like they were getting very comfortable with each other again. Suddenly "Adam Raised A Cain" and we knew Candy was heading for the "Promised Land". The room suddenly went dark and there we were "Out In The Street" singing "The Ties That Bind".

The Wrecking Ball Tour - 2012

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Girls In Their Summer Clothes (1980 - 1984)

Realizing that Candy had a "Hungry Heart" we decided to head to "The River" where "Sherry Darling" now lives. Sherry once told me "I Want To Marry You" but the timing never worked out for us. Sherry, who celebrates June 22nd on a daily basis, and I once took a car ride to "Atlantic City" and wound up at "My Fathers House" located on the "Mansion On The Hill" in "My Hometown".

Those great summer days are now gone and it feels like "Working On The Highway" all day and all night always willing to relive the "Glory Days" of relationships, summer parties and years past. For the rest of our lives we will always have the "I'm On Fire" and "No Surrender" attitude because it is better than "Dancing In The Dark" riding on a "Downbound Train" waiting for "Bobby Jean" to return. By the way - Bobby and I used to always enjoy a cup of coffee on National Coffee Day (always in September) but she now lives in "Darlington County" and leaves me an annual voice mail message singing the full length version of "Cover Me".

I cannot tell you anything more about Sandy, Mary, Kitty, Candy, Rosalita, Sherry and Bobby Jean except we keep in touch, all visit on the "Streets Of Philadelphia" regularly and we were all "Born In The USA".

The River Tour - 2016

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Bruce Springsteen Album Titles


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Bruce Springsteen Album Titles (1987 - 2016)

title
release year
own
Tunnel Of Love
1987
yes
Human Touch
1992
yes
Lucky Town
1992
yes
The Ghost Of Tom Joad
1995
yes
The Rising
2002
yes
Devils and Dust
2005
yes
We Shall Overcome
2006
yes
Magic
2007
yes
Working On A Dream
2009
yes
*Wrecking Ball
2012
yes
High Hopes
2014
yes
*The River (Ties That Bind)
2016
not yet
* - Attended concert show in Philadelphia, other album titles listed in bold through out the article

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Chapter And Verse

This music compilation called "Chapter and Verse" is a cd that encompasses some early music by Bruce dating back to the early 1970's and was released September 23rd (in 2016) quickly followed by a book called "Born To Run" released September 27th (in 2016). If my internet research is correct (I know if it is on the internet it must be true), the new cd includes previously unreleased songs and will chronologically parallel the book hence "Chapter and Verse" name. Compact disk or book, I am looking forward to both. Click the link below for all details surrounding the chapters and verses of Bruce Springsteen's career.

Cheers and OPA!

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      mts1098 13 months ago from InsideTheManCave

      Thanks Larry Rankin...I appreciate the support and am looking forward to his next cd (due out 9/23) and upcoming book (due out 9/27)...

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      Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful analysis of The Boss!