Bruce Springsteen Live – Von seinem Zuhause in dein Zuhause / Volume 12

Bruce Springsteen begann die zwölfte Ausgabe seiner beliebten Radioshow auf Sirius XM E Street Radio mit dem Beach Boys Song “Caroline, No”. Die Komposition stammt aus Brian Wilson und Tony Ashers Feder und wurde im März 1966 als Single veröffentlicht.

Break my heart
I want to go and cry
It’s so sad to watch a sweet thing die
Oh, Caroline why

Could I ever find in you again
The things that made me love you so much then
Could we ever bring ’em back once they have gone
Oh, Caroline no

Die aktuelle Ausgabe des Radioformats “From My Home to Yours” stand unter dem Motto “Summer’s End” und Bruce Springsteen gab zu Protokoll, dass er den Sommer über alles liebt und ihn der Abschied von der heissen Jahreszeit schmerzt.

“E Street Nation, fans, friends, back-to-schoolers, and listeners from coast to coast: welcome to our end-of-summer spectacular! It is always a bittersweet time of year, but it is my favorite season: September and October, locals’ summer. Our Shore summer guests have headed home, and the beaches, boardwalks, and sea are ours. A blissful six weeks of summer weather. Dry air, west winds, good waves, and warm fires await”.

Während der sechzigminütigen Sendung rezitierte Bruce Springsteen aus dem Stanley Kunitz Gedicht “End Of Summer” und stellte klar, dass das Sommerende widersprüchliche Gefühle weckt: “Es ist das Ende von etwas Wunderbarem und der Beginn von etwas Neuem”.

“The end of summer stirs so many conflicting feelings. It’s the season whose end is most pronounced. It is truly the end of something wonderful and the beginning of something new. Fall, with its fair days, dry winds, and unknown-ness.”

Bruce Springsteen legte mit “Summer’s Almost Gone” einen seiner Doors Lieblingslieder auf, spielte “Summer’s Love” der Chantels sowie “Green Fields of Summer” von Peter Wolf und erzählte, wie es ist, nach einem langen Tag in der Küstenstadt Manasquan, NJ nach Hause zu kommen.

“Man, all I remember was coming home from the beach to my folks’ with sand everywhere. Sand in my pants, sand all over the car, sand in all your toys, sand in your ears, sand in your hair! This is the Drifters with “I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes,” which was an answer record by the way, to “Under the Boardwalk,” which was an answer record to “Up on the Roof” — a perfect summer triplicate”.

Darüber hinaus erinnerte er sich an eine Motorradtour im Jahre 1990 zurück und berichtete, wie man sich in der Mojave Wüste fühlt.

“In 1990, just after my 40th birthday, at the end of summer, my friends and I would motorcycle across the Mojave. I always found something endlessly reassuring and comforting in all the nothingness of the desert. My mind at ease, we’d ride for days on state roads, with nothing but Four Corner desert towns at 100-mile intervals to break our hejira — our travels”.

“With eternity laid out before you, you ride under a sun so blistering you had to cover every inch of exposed skin. With long-sleeve blue-jean shirts, full jeans, gloves, wet bandanas covering our faces, we’d ride til dark and then bunk in roadside motels. Sitting outside of our rooms, nursing beers, rehashing the day’s ride, listening to some music. Just there, in the company of smoldering heat and a few other travelers, with their own reasons for being on these deserted back roads”.

“The next morning, you’d watch Air Force jets heading for desert test ranges, leaving six-string vapor trails across the September Mojave sky. We’d bungee our backpacks to our bikes, soak our bandanas in the sink, tie one around your neck, the other around your nose and mouth, fire up some thunder, and ready to go ride straight into the featureless sky”.

Immer wieder griff Bruce Springsteen das Thema Sommerende auf und verwies auf die Schüler, die nun wieder in die Bildungsanstalten zurück kehren müssen.

“The end of summer always felt like a small death. Back to school, locked behind a desk, as the streets were still warm and basking in the freedom of the September summer sun. But come Labor Day, it was as if folks just flipped a switch and seemed determined to deny the late-summer paradise of empty beaches and perfect days, thriving at their most beautifully seductive outside the windows of their offices, factories, and schools”.

“That was something I was never able to do. And these were the days when that loss ached at me: unfinished summer business, lost love affairs, unrequited summer crushes, girls still waiting on quiet corners for summer boyfriends. All this hovered over me like the pungent scent of suntan oil on the tanned, unfamiliar skin of all of those out-of-state girls — who’ve now returned to school, and Mom and Pop, and chilly days and nights, and who have put you away with all the other townies, in a box labeled, SUMMER”

Zum Abschluss der Show kam Bruce Springsteen auf den am 7. April 2020 verstorbenen Countrysänger und Liedermacher John Prine zu sprechen und zitierte eine Textzeile aus einem seiner letzten Songs:

Summer’s end’s around the bend just flying
The swimming suits are on the line just drying…
Just like that ol’ house we thought was haunted
Summer’s end came faster than we wanted
(John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness)

Bruce Springsteen bezeichnete John Prine als “nationalen Schatz” und nannte Van Morrison “Maestro”. “… but it’s Brian Wilson who’s really the patron saint of this episode” fuhr Springsteen fort und beendete die Sendung mit den beiden Beach Boys Songs “Think About the Days” und “Summers Gone”.

“By four on the beach, the weekend after Labor Day, there is a thin, drifting coolness in the air. The sun will soon be marking its late-summer season descent over the peaked beach cottages at Manasquan. My sister Ginny and I are wrapped, fully burka-like, in beach towels, changing from our bathing suits into our pajamas for one last feature at the drive-in before the beginning of school and the end of all that is good. My mother is nearby, standing guard as we reach out and hand her sand-filled swimsuits that, as we are growing now, we may never see again”.

“We grab hot dogs and ice cream for dinner at Carlson’s Corner. We watch burly men pull in striped bass and fluke off the Manasquan jetty. And we chase each other around the pavilion where today the ghost of my beautiful grandmother sits, enjoying the late-summer ocean breeze. And then, we’re all packed in the car heading off to the Shore drive-in”.

“By dusk, Ginny and I are ‘neath the arc of the huge screen and the playground below with a dozen or more other kids, holding on to the roundabout until we come uncorked, spinning off in a dizzy trance”.

“Then dusk, and here come the cartoons — classic Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny — and it’s a run back to the car as we hear my dad leaning on the car horn, egging on the main feature. The screen clock starts ticking down, ten minutes for snacks and bathrooms before the show starts, and it’s on”.

“Tonight, we’ll see just one film — something my parents wanted to see called Blonde in a White Convertible — that has my mother telling us, “Don’t look! Don’t look!” for certain adult scenes. And then it’s an early ride home”.

“About halfway back, on a pitch-black Route 33 — slightly past the recently defunct Cowboy City theme park, where at one time you could see a cheeseball shoot-out on Main Street, any weekend afternoon — a young buck comes bolting out of the wooded Earle Naval Ammunition depot on the right side of the highway and leaps over the hood of the car, its body filling the entire windshield, its left eye shining with blood, animal spirits, and fear. And we are only measurable inches away from eternity. Before he miraculously disappears into the woods, a late-summer spirit on the far side of the highway”.

“The car is in an uproar. We have crossed paths with wild, feral magic. Summer is over. So until we meet again, stay strong, stay smart, stay healthy, stay safe, stay summer… and I’ll see you on the beach”.

Tracklist:

The Beach Boys – “Caroline No”
The Doors – “Summer’s Almost Gone”
The Chantels – “Summer’s Love”
Stanley Kunitz’s “End of Summer” (Gedicht)
Peter Wolf und Neko Case – “The Green Fields of Summer”
Afghan Whigs – “Summer’s Kiss”
The Motels – “Suddenly Last Summer”
The Drifters – “I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes”
Beck – “Phase + Turn Away”
Iain Archer – “Summer Jets”
R.E.M. – “Summer Turns to High”
Beck – “Morning”
John Prine – “Summer’s End”
Michael Andrews – “A Long Summer Since Passed”
Van Morrison – “These Are the Days”
The Beach Boys – “Think About the Days”
The Beach Boys – “Summer’s Gone”
Frank Sinatra – “Summer Wind”

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