A classic worth revisiting

By Peter Caram.

Bruce Springsteen was born in Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, New Jersey, on September 23, 1949.  Bruce Springsteen’s third album, Born to Run, was his breakthrough album in 1975. You may have heard the songs “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road,” “She’s The One” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.” Not only is Bruce a solo artist, he has a band called the E Street Band. Members include Patti Sciafla, who is also Springsteen’s wife, and Steven Van Zandt, who plays the guitar and is Springsteen’s best friend since high school.

Although many kids today might not listen to Bruce Springsteen, his music is still relevant because he sings about not letting the obstacles you face in life stop you from keeping your eyes on the prize and reaching your goals.  Springsteen has struggled with depression, loneliness and identity issues – which are some things many students can still relate to – and his lyrics such as, “I feel so weak that I just want to explode and tear this whole town apart, take a knife and cut this pain from my heart” speak directly to the struggles of many.

In fact, Springsteen’s music is more important than the music of our generation by singers like Ariana Grande and Drake. I’m not saying I hate the music of our generation, but it just does not speak to me and my reality the way that Springsteen’s music does in helping me through tough times. I wish more people in my generation could hear his voice and listen to what he is saying. Springsteen inspires, let’s us feel better about ourselves, and lets us be us – “‘cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run!”


Peter Caram