I’m a Jersey Girl in case you didn’t know. At one point in my life, Bruce Springsteen and his family were actually living in my hometown. I’ve met him and talked with him over the years. I’ve seen him play locally numerous times and I was even at a spontaneous birthday party he had at a local restaurant where he gave an impromptu mini concert with his band and danced with his Mom on the dance floor. That was such a memorable night!
What I find special about Bruce is how he weaves his stories through his music in a way that touches so many of us. Around town, he didn’t display his celebrity status. He was just Bruce, without pretensions which is such a lovely way to be.
So when he played at the Tony Awards, the man playing the piano was so real to me. While I didn’t grow up in his hometown, the nostalgia in which he paints it was real to me as I know his town too.
If you care to take a listen, maybe this clip will remind you of the beauty of your hometown as you take a walk down your memory lane along the streets of your childhood.