With just his guitar and harmonica, backed by a small group of singers behind him, Springsteen delivered his “prayer for our fallen brothers and sisters.” There was no bombast that night, just reverence and respect for the fallen.
Last year I began to reevaluate my life (that happens when you turn 40) and the pursuit of the dream I had as a boy. What was it about those movies that captured my heart? Was it the movies themselves? Was it the people I was with? Was it some thematic element that I associated with? More importantly, could I ever go back to that place again?
As I did a quick dance to get around a woman standing idle on the steps at the train station, my iPod shuffled on to “I’ll Stand by You” and I knew that I had to write a few words. I can’t think of a more appropriate message at this time of the year, especially in these hard times.
For the final two miles of my half marathon, I’ll have Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring play in its entirety to help push me through to the end. I figure that if I need something to distract me for the final half hour of the run there’s no better way than Copland’s 25 minute masterpiece.
A strong, effective piece of songwriting that blended hard rock with some new wave leanings, you hear an unexpected poignancy in “Little Guitars.” That’s right, a Van Halen song that actually has feeling.
How does a comic book come together? By chance and friendship. Read today’s Basement Songs to find out about the latest (co) creation by Scott Malchus. Don’t worry, there are still a couple songs, too.