I’ve had a lot of anticipation for a couple events this coming week.
One is the release on Tuesday of “Wrecking Ball,” the latest album from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. There is nothing in the world of sports or entertainment that I am as fanatical about as the music of Bruce Springsteen.
I heard the premiere of the song “Wrecking Ball” at the opening of his concert on Friday, October 9, 2009 – the final show at Giant Stadium.
“I was raised outta steel here in the swamps of Jersey some misty years ago/Through the mud and the beer and the blood and cheers, I’ve seen champions come and go.”
Another great lyric, given the recent Superbowl outcome is
“Now my home’s here in the Meadowlands … and Giants played the game.”
The need to anticipate has been reduced by some of the tracks being played on CKUA and “Springsteen Week” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon that featured (in addition to the title track) on Monday night, “We Take Care of Our Own” and Friday night “Death To My Hometown” and “Jack of All Trades” (followed by an awesome rendition of “E Street Shuffle” with The Roots).
Back to the idea of anticipation – I do get caught up in the details of Springsteen; he is the embodiment of exhilaration – Oliver Goldsmith said, “A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.” Generally that may be true, but there can be joy in looking forward to a positive event, whether the reality meets the anticipation or not. Gloria Swanson quoted her father as saying “Life is 95% anticipation.” If that’s true, then when it is this positive, why not enjoy it?
I’m definitely anticipating seeing The Boss in Albany on April 16. That’s 9 years and 2 days since his concert here where he said about Edmonton: “This is about as far north as they let me go before they revoke my New Jersey citizenship.
Oh yeah, the other thing I’ve been anticipating this week: you’ll just have to wait for an upcoming blog.