This week, CNN premiered a short digital film of Bruce Springsteen discussing his life and his music, Wrecking Ball: A Conversation with Bruce Springsteen. He discusses how his upbringing affects his music and explains that his work has been about judging the distance between “American reality” and the “American dream.” He refers to current events like the recession and Occupy Wall Street, and he explains the critical and “often angry” patriotism that resides in his songs. He also revleals why he had to include the spiritual element of “Land of Hope and Dreams” on his latest album, Wrecking Ball, and he talks about his “elemental” relationship with the late Clarence Clemons (at around the 16:00 mark). Check out the film below:
“You have to be constantly listening and interested in listening to what’s going on every day,” Springsteen explains near the end. “You have to remain interested in life.” I am glad that the man has kept up his interest for so long.
What do you think of the new film? Leave your two cents in the comments.
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