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Me, My Wife and Bruce Springsteen: Dancing in the Dark:

Our May anniversary came early as Michelle and I danced the night away with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (and a few thousand of our co-celebrants). We bumped into many Or Ami friends including Marcy and Clark Cameron, Greg Wiviott and his son, Bruce Drooks, and others, as we celebrated Glory Days.

Admittedly, my brother was the big Boss fan when we were younger (he even looked like Bruce, sideburns and all). In our later years, Michelle and I have tried to see the Boss whenever he’s in town. Something about his honest lyrics. Something about the truth he speaks. Bruce reminded us about the power of music to inspire and uplift. (I once wrote that Redemption comes through singing here.) Last night, Bruce Springsteen once again taught me:

  • Glory Days: While you can’t go back to your youth, the music from our younger years has the power to propel us out of responsibility and stress to a more innocent existence. Such a blessing. Even for just 2 plus hours.
  • Red Headed Woman: Early in the concert, dancing next to my wife of (almost) 19 years, I leaned over, gave her a kiss, and told her that it was fun to feel 20 years younger. (Admittedly, I’m pleased that this current phase of my life is the best yet.) Still, if you get to feel the abandon of youthfulness every now and then, it is great to do with a gorgeous girl on your arm, and an inspiring song in your heart (ears).
  • Human Touch: Bruce nails it when he sings …in a world without pity, Do you think what I’m askin’s too much. I just want something to hold on to, And a little of that Human Touch, Just a little of that Human Touch. Isn’t that what we all seek, a way out of the impersonalization of life, a way of connecting? That’s what we try to do in our lives. That’s what we seek to do with and through Congregation Or Ami.
  • Dancing in the Dark: In the midst of stressful times, I can always count on my mother to remind me that exercise is a great release of pressure. Dancing last night with thousands of others, jumping around, pumping my arms in the air, offered blissful release and unbounded joy. The early Chassidim made unfettered movement part of their worship of the Holy One. Are we missing something as we sit in our chairs at services?
  • Born to Run: It’s good not to have to be a “tramp … born to run”. It’s fun, every so often, to think about the alternatives, even if only in someone else’s song. But mostly, it’s good to have friends, family and a community with which to celebrate life.

Ears still ringing, we finally in bed after 1 am. Looking over at my Red Headed Woman, I thanked our Maker that for this slice of Paradise. Ain’t got no Pink Cadillac, but what I gots me is way better.

One comment

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Paul,
    I just happened to catch your blog title in the last HUCALUM posting and had to read it. As a fellow Springsteen follower (I just saw my 20th show in Austin earlier this month) I love to connect with others who can see his lyrics as an expression of universal spirituality. You may be interested to know that this past year a book was written by a Unitarian Universalist Minister about called “The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock to Redemption, from Asbury Park to Magic.” While he of course sees redemption through a Christian lens, I still found it to be a nice read. In the meantime, mazal tov on your anniversary and a great set list! Many thanks for your post on the Boss. It brought a smile to my face.
    L’shalom,
    Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz
    Dayton, OH

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