I’ll have an article in the upcoming edition of Backstreets, a magazine “that focuses on Bruce Springsteen and related Jersey Shore artists.” MTV has called the magazine “the standard to which all others are compared.”
The article won’t appear online (so you’ll have to buy a copy if you want to read it), but here’s a tease:
I’ve often driven from my home in Washington, DC, to my younger brother’s place in Virginia Beach. This time I stopped 10 miles short. It was Veterans Day and, whether by design or not, Bruce Springsteen was playing in Norfolk, VA, home of the world’s largest naval station. Normally my brother, the first person in my house growing up to own a Springsteen recording, would have sat next to me at the concert. Only he’s an F-14 pilot deployed in the Persian Gulf.
For me and the many other members of Navy families in the Constant Convocation Center, Springsteen’s setlist meant a lot of the show was spent thinking about the person who should have been there with us.
And yeah, I feel pretentious quoting myself.
Photo: Courtesy Backstreets