How Springsteen got my groove back for 2017

One of the best things I read in December was Bruce Springsteen’s book Born to Run.

I’m only the occasional Bruce fan* so I didn’t get a lot out of the detail surrounding his musical journey. But I do have complicated relationships with my family, friends, faith and country and his exploration of these themes gave me a lot to grab and hold tight. I was especially riveted by the following:

We honor our parents by carrying their best forward and laying the rest down

Which I plan to apply to painful remnants of my relationship with my late dad, (as well as painful remnants of my relationship with 2016, my evangelical upbringing, messy friendships, and Madonna…she’s practically all that’s still standing from my beloved 80’s childhood**, so I need to come to terms…right?)

I guess what I’m saying is, I’m gonna hold “Borderline” tight and let go of “Bitch, I’m Madonna”

– Jen

*Born to Run, Jesus was an Only Son, Dancing in the Dark, The Rising, My City’s in Ruins are particular favorites.

**obviously Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, Benatar, Bryan Adams and so many others who had space on my record player are still bringing it 30 nights a year (in stadiums or casinos)…but the recent loss of Carrie Fisher and George Michael feel so painful as to take up most of the space in my heart.



One Response to “How Springsteen got my groove back for 2017”

  • Adam Says:

    Sounds better than a book actually intending to focus on advice for complicated relationships. Perhaps we all should visit with poets instead of therapists… Either way, now I plan to read this book. Thanks, Jen!