Tag Archive: Bruce Springsteen

What’s Happening Today Mon. 08/19/2013

Gay Conversion therapy: Governor Christie signs A3371, the conversion therapy ban, and New Jersey becomes the second state in the union to stop this abusive practice. He signed the bill, according to Garden State Equality, at the last possible moment, just hours before it would have become law with or without his signature. GSE “commends both houses of the legislature for passing this ban.” For more information on this good deed by Christie, see Rosi Efthim’s diary below.

Employment Data First the State gets an advance preview from the U. S. Bureau of Labor regarding regional and state employment and unemployment data. The State puts its spin on the matter. Shortly thereafter BLS posts more complete data for all states. We have already heard from the Christie administration on the July data. Today at 10:00am we will hear from BLS here, and here, and be able to compare our standing against other states.

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Task Force Report: 10:00am, release of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Strategy Report. New Jersey Future will have a statement on the report at about 11:00AM here.    

Environmental and conservation groups: 11:00am, press conference and lobby day to urge legislators to vote against a gruesome beaver-trapping bill (S2665). also urging legislators  to vote against Deer Baiting (S1848) and Bear poaching (S2369), Statehouse, Room 109, Trenton.

Red light Camera Program: 11:00am, Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13), who wants the program shut down, holds a news conference, the Doubletree Hotel, Tinton Falls.

Bruce Springsteen: NJ Spotlight presents today an excerpt from “BRUCE,” a comprehensive new biography by Peter Ames Carlin of the man known to rock fans worldwide simply by his first name — or by the honorific, “The Boss.”

Public Schedules:

Governor Christie: 10:00am, a re-election campaign announcement, Sweets & Cortaditos, Belleville.

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: 9:00am, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono: 2013 UAW Region 9 Leadership Conference, The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Ave., Cape May. 

U. S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan: 7:15am, interview on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends.

State Senate: 11:00am, Judiciary Committee, Statehouse Annex, to consider nominees, including three Superior court judges, and two bills; 2:00pm, Senate in session, Senate Chamber, 23 bills for consideration, including a shared-services bill and a plan to revamp the state’s economic development incentives.

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Chris Christie is Finally in Bruce Springsteen’s Glory

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We take care of our own

Wherever this flag’s flown

We take care of our own


                        – “We Take Care of Our Own”

The boarded up windows

The hustlers and thieves

While my brother’s down on his knees

My city of ruins, My city of ruins

Come on rise up! Come on rise up!


                        – “My City of Ruins”

Last night, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played their first Halloween night concert in 20 years, in Rochester, NY. Both these songs above were in the set list, as the band had New Jersey, and its shore towns on their minds. Springsteen:

“We wish you a happy Halloween, but we are a rock ‘n’ roll band form the Jersey Shore, and tonight we carry a lot of sadness in our hearts. This was originally a song about my adopted hometown struggling to get on its feet – it struggled for 25 years, a quarter century, while we watched for Asbury to come back. And we are very proud to say over the past decade, it has risen up and flourished in a way I wasn’t ever sure I’d see in my lifetime. And it will do so again!”

“We’re a band that you can’t separate from the Jersey shore – still basically a glorified bar band… at your service! So we’re gonna do this tonight from our hometown to your hometown. We’ll send this out to all the people working down there: the police officers, the firemen, and also to the Governor, who has done such a hard job this past week.”

Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert: Springsteen headlines a televised benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Joining Springsteen will be Jon Bon Jovi (of Monmouth County), Sting (who lives in NYC), Christina Aguilera (of PA) and Billy Joel (Long Island). The show will be seen 8pm EST on multiple networks and on line. Many of us in New Jersey won’t be able to watch that, with power, cable, or internet still out for many of us. But we’re who the show is for; proceeds go to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy effort.  

Bruce Springsteen Campaigning for Obama — In Ohio

It seems I have something in common with Bruce Springsteen – Obama wants our money, and wants us to campaign in other states.

I’ve been constantly getting entreaties from the Obama campaign for $25 here, $25 there, $25 everywhere.  Sprinkled in these e-mails are requests for me to volunteer, but in Pennsylvania.  This kind of made sense four years ago when the Keystone State was in play, but this year the state is locked up so much — despite voter suppression efforts by the GOP — that neither campaign is spending much there.

Yet they want me to leave also-locked-up NJ to go to PA? Why not Florida, where it’s warm, dammit.

Anyway, apparently Obama also asked Springsteen for the same thing, only Bruce is heading out to Ohio for a campaign event with the Big Dog himself.

It is not clear whether Springsteen will perform in Parma, but in 2004 and 2008, his campaign performances differed greatly from his normal concerts with the E Street Band. On the trail, he plays an acoustic, aspirational setlist of songs such as “The Promised Land” and “The Rising.” …

Almost exactly four years ago, then-Sen. Obama famously declared, “The reason I am running for president is because I can’t be Bruce Springsteen.”

That’s kinda like why I’m posting on Blue Jersey, because I can’t be Josh Marshall.

ICYMI: Christie on Nightline

If you were at the State House for the un-special “special session” Gov. Christie called the legislature to Monday, you saw an ABC News crew shooting b-roll of Christie striding into the chamber for his speech. That was for a segment on ABC’s Nightline. just before the Independence Day holiday. Blue Jersey took yesterday off, to grill, beach, hang out and love on America and her founders, so I just wanted to cycle back and post this for those who missed seeing it run on ABC. Christie likes to be known for his nasty talk (as though it’s a good thing), and ABC reveals that the montage of rude remarks was actually submitted to the network by Christie’s office, as if to brag about his behavior. But what most news stories focused on after this interview was what Christie said about his weight.

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Springsteen Poll: So Many Songs, So Many Memories

“My life flows on in endless song

Above earth’s lamentation

I hear the real, thought far off hymn

That hails the new creation

Above the tumult and the strife,

I hear the music ringing.”

How Can I Keep From Singing (The Seeger Sessions album) – sung by Bruce Springsteen

And keep singing Bruce does. With 24 selections to choose from, the winner of this weekend’s poll is “Another song” with seven votes. After 17 studio albums, this giant of an artist has brought us so many great musical numbers. There is no consensus as to which song our readers favor the most. Your choices run from anthems, to quieter songs, political ones and some that are less well known. And that is as it should be. Your comments are rightly personal: where/when you heard the song and why you like it.  

Out of 22 votes cast in the poll so far, Thunder Road and Rosalita came in first with four votes each. Others received one vote each: Badlands, Glory Days, Streets of Philadelphia, Born to Run, Born in the U.S.A., Jungleland, and The Rising.

Other songs you mentioned in your comments: Ghost of Tom Joad, Because the Night, Blinded by the Light, Kitty’s Back from the Wild, Fever, The Innocent, E Street Shuffle, Brothers Under the Bridge, 4th of July, Jersey Girl, Hungry Heart, Atlantic City, I’ll Work for Your Love, New York City Serenade, Santa Claus, and No Surrender.

My most recent memory is of last summer going to the Stone Pony’s memorial for Clarence Clemons, his tenor sax playing in the background. God bless Clarence.

Poll: Your Favorite Springsteen Song

With Bruce as our hero, “The Wrecking Ball Tour” in progress, always “The Boss” and in our dreams our future governor:  

                  Let us know which is your favorite Springsteen song.

In the poll below the fold 24 choices are listed, but you can also select “Another song.”

Let us know what you selected and why.  

The Boss and New Jersey Trivia Quiz

 Which of his songs is about:

(1) The former Giants Stadium?

(2) “stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey”?

(3) “goin’ out where the sand’s turnin’ to gold”?

(4) “Frankie’s Diner’s over on the edge of town, Neon sign spinnin’ round”?

(5) “Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house”?

(6) Bonus question: Gov. Christie reputedly fell asleep last week at MSG as this song (about sleeping) started?


The answer to each appears in the poll with the question number next to the song.

 

Poll: Your Favorite Springsteen Song

With Bruce as our hero, “The Wrecking Ball Tour” in progress, always “The Boss” and in our dreams our future governor:  

                  Let us know which is your favorite Springsteen song.

In the poll below the fold some 22 choices are listed, but you can also select “Another song.”

Let us know what you selected and why.  

The Boss and New Jersey Trivia Quiz

 Which of his songs is about:

(1) The former Giants Stadium?

(2) “stuck in the mud somewhere in the swamps of Jersey”?

(3) “goin’ out where the sand’s turnin’ to gold”?

(4) “Frankie’s Diner’s over on the edge of town, Neon sign spinnin’ round”?

(5) “Sleeping in that old abandoned beach house”?


The answer to each appears in the poll with the question number next to the song.

 

Springsteen agreement to Christie AC proposal is revel-olting

Of all the people that I thought might betray their values to get in on the national Chris Christie love-fest, Bruce Springsteen was always on the bottom of the list. After all, he did write a letter to the Asbury Park Press on how Christie’s budget cuts were eating at New Jersey’s middle class.

So when Christie asked Springsteen to play at the new Revel casino at its opening on Labor Day weekend last week, most people dismissed it as unlikely given that Springsteen has shown no love for the Governor. As I wrote last week, the Revel in particular, with its bad labor policies, seemed an unlikely place for Springsteen to play given his values.

Well, we were all wrong. I’m not only outraged, as a huge Springsteen fan, but also deflated. Bruce has always been one of my musical and political heroes, who says what is on his mind no matter what is popular. This announcement makes me want to burn all of my Springsteen albums and go listen to some Tom Morello instead.

The full press release is pasted below the fold…