I am certain no one here needs an introduction to Bruce Springsteen.
I am pleased, however, to refer all of you to Western Stars,
his newest album and amazing concert film, a gorgeous and lush
piece of music from start to finish.
It’s all fantastic, but this song completely knocks my socks off (audio only): STONESI woke up this morningJust glad my boots are on
This is the movie version, Bruce singing in duet with his wife Patti Scialfa.
I wish I had written it. Amazing, beautiful, poetic, inspiring.
I woke up this morning with stones in my mouthDuring this busy time of year, I really encourage you all to take a break
You said those are only the lies that you’ve told meOnly the lies you've told me
and listen to this whole record. Trust me.
I couldn’t post my last music prompt without honoring the late Ric Ocasek,
who passed away in September. Anyone who knows me in real life
knows that my favorite band is and always has been The Cars,
and Ric Ocasek my favorite poet.
This is a very happy me in 2012 with his book, Lyrics and Prose.
I adore Ric Ocasek’s songwriting and poetry style which has definitely inspired my own.
Here is one of my poems directly inspired by Ocasek, probably my favorite:
“I read a lot of poetry, and that gives me a wide range of permission
to say anything in a song — they’re more twisted than I’ll ever be.”
-- Ric Ocasek
Okay, friends, thanks for indulging me. The point of all of this is to inspire poetry!
So please go forth and write poems inspired by Bruce Springsteen, string sections,
being glad your boots are on, aging cowboys, stones and lies, New Jersey,
The Cars, 80s new-wave, lyrics and poetry, trying to hide your disgrace, Boston
or anything else that comes up as the result of this lengthy and love-filled prompt.
It’s been real.