Im Zuge des Corona Lockdowns entschloss sich Bruce Springsteen, auf dem Sendeplatz von Sirius XM als Radio DJ tätig zu werden.
SiriusXM ist ein seit 2008 bestehender Zusammenschluss der privaten Radioanbieter “Sirius Satellite Radio” und “XM Satellite Radio”. SiriusXM stellt über seinen Dienst fast 1.000 Audio Kanäle für seine mittlerweile 30 Millionen Abonnenten bereit. Das Internetangebot von SIRIUS XM wird nicht über die Grenzen der Vereinigten Staaten hinaus angeboten. Die Betreiber von Sirius XM Radio verfügen lediglich über die nationalen Rechte zur Ausstrahlung und haben eine sogenannte GEO-Blockade für Hörer aus dem Ausland eingebaut. Deswegen ist das E STREET RADIO in Deutschland leider nicht empfangbar.

8. April 2020

Der “Boss” moderierte am 8. April 2020 erstmals eine einstündige Sendung von seinem Zuhause in Colts Neck, NJ und präsentierte Songs, die er während des Corona Lockdowns gehört hat. Während der Show spielte er unter anderem Kompositionen von Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke, Don Henley, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Patti Scialfa und Wyclef Jean.
"Hello E Street Nation! This is Bruce Springsteen coming from my house to yours, with music for these troubled times." I think the hardest thing about what we're going through right now is not being able to see, hug, kiss your loved ones." Saying that he and Patti are "together and we're doing great," he also added, "it's lonely down here on the farm!" Not everyone's there. "Mom — I miss you."
"And if you're not with any of your loved ones? If you're by yourself? That ain't so bad! I spent 35 years by myself in a room! And I liked it!"

Nach dem Ende des Corona Lockdowns möchte Bruce Springsteen mit Ehefrau Patti Scialfa ein Baseball Spiel besuchen.

"All I know is, when this is all over, I'm gonna take Patti to a baseball game." 
Lynn Taitt and Baba Brooks Band – “Forty Miles of Bad Road”
Cracker – “Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me”
Wyclef Jean – “Gone Till November”
Don Henley – “End of the Innocence”
Roy Orbison – “Only the Lonely”
R.L. Burnside – “It’s Bad You Know”
Bob Dylan – “Beyond Here Lies Nothin'”
Bruce Springsteen – “Cover Me”
Bon Jovi – “Livin’ on a Prayer”
Morrissey – “Every Day is Like Sunday”
Marion Williams – “Trouble So Hard”
Common – “Letter to the Free”
Sarah Jarosz – “Ring Them Bells”
Patti Scialfa – “Talk to Me Like the Rain”
Huey “Piano” Smith – “Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu”
Kate and Anna McGarrigle – “Better Times Are Coming”
Bruce Springsteen – “We Shall Overcome”
Lucinda Williams – “Are You Alright?”
Ry Cooder – “3rd Base, Dodger Stadium”
John Prine – “Angel From Montgomery”
Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers – “The Last Mile of the Way”

24. April 2020

“Good Morning E Street Nation.
This is Bruce Springsteen, coming from my house to yours with music for troubled times. For the next hour or so, I will be your DJ for your dancing and listening pleasure.”

“I’ve lived in the United States for 70 years now, and I have to admit I’ve often been disappointed in our failure to live up to our ideals. But I also have to say, I’ve never really been able to deny that there’s a promise that constantly resides in the American people, that could make us the great democratic nation that we carry in our hearts and in our dreams. And if we put our hearts and our lives together and fought for the very ideals, those of equality, of liberty, of social justice, of compassion for our neighbors, we would find that this is where our strength resides. And we have it within in our power to create the kind of humane society we’ve always dreamt of. Now, all of this sounds corny when you say it. But it ain’t corny when you do it.”

“I guess one of the hardest things about recent times is the distance you have to place between you and your loved ones. The inability to hug them and to kiss them and to comfort them … it is painful to live without. You know, my mom has had Alzheimer’s for 10 years, and she lives in the present. This moment and this moment only is hers. And so touching her, and hugging, and kissing her are very, very, very important for her life experience right now. And one of the things we’ve had to suffer with is, we can’t do that right now, for her safety and for her health. So I want to send this one out to my mom, and to your mom, too.”

“I got a couple of songs here I’m gonna play next, for New York. New York has struggled so tremendously with this disease. My son lives up there, Downtown, and of course we’ve been worried him, and about everybody else, too. I’m gonna send these next two songs out to all the health care workers, all the doctors and the nurses who’ve put their lives on the line, for the critically ill, and the citizens of New York. This is my good friend, Billy Joel, and New York State of Mind.”

“I think one of the most frustrating things about this virus is not knowing how long we’re going to have to live like this. I have a blackboard that I mark the days on, as if I was in prison. I think I reached a month and a half a few days ago. So looking at the months ahead, it’s going to be quite a while before we’re able to open up our society, before people are going to be able to trust one another to congregate in large or small groups, before there is music, before there is sports, before there is family gatherings. It’s a very disheartening view. I think it may take a vaccine until we’re all really comfortable with one another. So we’ve got to stay strong, and stay at home, and stay together, and settle on the fact that it’s probably going to be a pretty long walk home.”

“There was an oped a while back in the New York Times that I would advise every American who cares about his country to read. It is called ‘The America We Need.’ Now let me paraphrase from just a small, small piece of it. Frank Delano Roosevelt said liberty requires opportunity to make a living, a living decent according to the standard of the time. A living which gives a man or a woman not only enough to live by, but something to live for. Now the … pandemic has laid bare the inequalities in wealth and in health that plague our nation. In Michigan, hard-hit by the coronavirus, African-Americans make up 14 percent of the population but 40 percent of the deaths from this disease. So many disenfranchised Americans lack the essential liberty to protect their own lives, and the lives of their families. This pandemic has shown the great divide between our American Dream and American reality, between current America versus the ideals enshrined in our founding documents. Now that’s just a small piece of the editorial, and I hope I didn’t do it a disservice. But all I know is, here in the beginning of the 21st century, in Paterson and other New Jersey cities, in Michigan, in rural America, and all across the United States, this reality is so frustrating that, as the great Marvin Gaye said, then we should want to holler.”
Frank Bey and the Anthony Paule Band – “Town Without Pity”
The Temptations – “Ball of Confusion”
Future Islands – “Seasons (Waiting on You)”
Jimmy Cliff – “Sufferin’ in the Land”
Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive”
Social Distortion – “Bad Luck”
Blacklist Royals – “The Promised Land”
2Pac – “Dear Mama”
Marvin Gaye – “Sexual Healing”
Sam Cooke – “Good Times”
Johnny Nash – “Guava Jelly”
Billy Joel – “New York State of Mind”
Bruce Springsteen – “New York City Serenade”
Bruce Springsteen – “Long Walk Home”
George Jones – “A Picture of Me Without You”
Bob Dylan – “Not Dark Yet”
Marvin Gaye – “Inner City Blues (Makes Me Want to Holler)”
Slim Dunlap – “Times Like This”
The Consolers – “Over Yonder”
Jimmy Cliff – “Many Rivers to Cross"

6. Mai 2020

“As hard is it is to believe right now, your children will go back to school. Churches will be open and full. You will once again hug and kiss family members at your gatherings. You will shout over the noise of a crowded bar to order a drink and to speak to your friends. You will buy a hot dog at Yankee Stadium. You will walk through the streets of your hometown, free and easy. You may hold a complete stranger on a crowded dance floor. And 50,000 people will once again scream their heads off — somewhere in New Jersey.”
Bruce Springsteen spielte nicht nur eine Liveversion seines Songs “Wrecking Ball”, den aktuellen Track der Rolling Stones “Living In A Ghost Town” sowie etliche Lieder von befreundeten Künstlern, sondern erzählte auch aus seinem eigenen Leben:
“The weather — it’s funny how the weather this past two and a half months, since the lockdown, the weather has taken on a whole new level of importance in my life. I check the forecast three or four times a day. I pray for sun. I suffer through gray clouds and rain. I got a dog that wakes me up like clockwork every morning at sunrise, so around 6:30 every day I am standing in our front field, waiting for the sun to come up. And on those days when it rises and washes a golden light across the field into the trees I take a deep sigh of gratitude, and I am momentarily deceived into believing that things are almost normal again. Or at least that they will be. I never thought that the emotional beginning of my day could so depend on a change in the weather.”
Ausserdem kündigte Bruce Springsteen während der Radiosendung an, nach dem Ende der Corona Krise eine grosse Party schmeissen zu wollen:
“I was out last night about 9:30, running an errand, and let me tell you who else was out there: nobody. Nobody at all. The streets were barren. The highway was not alive. It was like, while we were waiting for the apocalypse, it had already happened. All I can tell you is: when this experience is over, I am gonna throw the wildest party you have ever seen — and you, my friends, are all invited.”
“Wir wurden von einer Pest heimgesucht” erklärte Springsteen und fügte an, dass “unsere Stärke im Glauben und der Hoffnung liegt”. Zu guter Letzt zitierte er aus der Bibel und beendete die Sendung mit den Worten “Und er gebe euch erleuchtete Augen des Herzens, damit ihr erkennt, zu welcher Hoffnung ihr von ihm berufen seid” (Epheser 1:18) und dem Chris Whitley Klassiker “Big Sky Country” aus dem Jahre 1991.
Roy Acuff – “Turn Your Radio On”
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – “Wrecking Ball” (Live)
Little Milton – “We’re Gonna Make It”
The Impressions – “Keep on Pushing”
John Fogerty – “Change in the Weather”
Pokey LaFarge – “Fuck Me Up”
Bob Dylan – “Everything is Broken”
The Rolling Stones – “Living in a Ghost Town”
Koko Taylor – “Wang Dang Doodle”
Lightnin’ Hopkins – “I Hate I Got Married”
Tammy Wynette – “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”
Rank and File – “Rank and File”
The Miamis – “We Deliver”
Public Enemy – “Harder Than You Think”
Pet Shop Boys – “The Last to Die”
Graham Parker – “Don’t Ask Me Questions”
Jackson Browne – “Before the Deluge”
Chris Whitley – “Big Sky Country”
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – “Ramshackle Day Parade”
Ralph Stanley – “O Death”
Bob Dylan – “Every Grain of Sand”
The X Seamen’s Institute – “Shenandoah"

20. Mai 2020

“Let’s start the day by allowing me to introduce to you Little Richard Penniman.
The purest rock ‘n’ roll voice of all time. And it belongs to the Georgia Peach, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Little Richard, who we lost in early May. He was one of the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll and its preeminent vocal genius. And there he profoundly explained, in my opinion, why and how he does what he does. Now Richard came out of Macon, GA, to take the nation, the world, and your body and soul by storm. His art was filled with absurdity, dead seriousness, great humor, and sex, sex, sex. He is one of a handful of men who changed the face of world culture: he crossed racial boundaries, he challenged gender norms, and he had the time of his life … the High Priest of rock ‘n’ roll. A wop bop a loo bop, a wop bam boom. Rest in peace, Richard.”
Während der Sendung präsentierte Bruce Springsteen die drei Little Richard Songs “Born On The Bayou” (1971), “Tutti Frutti” (1957) sowie “Do the Jerk (Get Down With It)” aus dem Jahre 1966. Nach der Little Steven Komposition “Out Of The Darkness”, Glen Campbells “Times Like These” und dem Future Bible Heroes Lied “Kiss Me Only With Your Eyes” kam Springsteen auf die Corona-Krise zu sprechen und mutmasste, dass es derzeit viele virtuelle Dates geben müsse.
“How’s that going for all you singles out there? How is Love in the Time of Corona? I am old, and I simply can’t imagine it. I mean, it’s got to be happening… but… but how? I mean, is testing going on? I guess there’s virtual dating, why wouldn’t there be? I don’t know how satisfying that can be — no physical contact, yikes! No sex, I would imagine. I guess there’s always sexting, naked selfies… they say naked selfies are ‘the new seduction.’ I read an article that said this is the golden age of naked selfies! Hell, I may take a few myself when this show is over. Why not? Desperate times call for desperate measures.”
Natürlich erzählte Bruce Springsteen auch aus seinem eigenen Leben und bezeichnete die Covid-19-Pandemie als “harte Zeit”. “Ich fahre täglich durch meine alten Städte. Ich sehe Läden geschlossen, sehe Menschen mit Masken auf den Strassen. Ich besuche den Manasquan Inlet, doch die Strandpromenade ist geschlossen…”
“I take a daily drive, because driving has always relaxed me, and it gets me out of Patti’s hair for a while. I drive all my old routes, through all my old towns, day after day. I see all the shops shuttered, what folks there are on the street in masks, my favorite hangouts closed — takeout only, god bless ’em. I drive out to Manasquan Inlet, my old man’s stomping grounds, to sit and watch the boats for a while. But they closed all the parking places, and the boardwalk’s closed. So I find a side street, and I sit, roll down the window, feel the ocean breeze and read the newspaper for a while.

Thirty million workers joining the jobless ranks over the last two months. That is… frightening, and heartbreaking. A day doesn’t go by when I don’t count my lucky stars, when I don’t know how profoundly fortunate I am.

So after an hour, I fold my newspaper, I start the car, and I head home. And on my way, on 79, I pass the ShopRite that I opened with the Castiles! During its midnight madness opening in 1965! We played out in front of the supermarket! And it was the only time during this day that I saw a parking lot filled with cars, and it almost brought me to tears.”
Bruce Springsteen blickt trotz aller Probleme optimistisch in die Zukunft und kann es kaum erwarten, ein Eis im “Jersey Freeze” zu geniessen oder eine Pizza bei “Federici” zu essen. “Ich möchte die Promenade von Point Pleasant besuchen und am Strand abhängen, bis die Abendkühle um halb Sechs oder Sechs einsetzt …”
“When this is over — and I do have faith that it’s gonna be over — I want to do the simple things again. That’s what I’ve been missing. I want to get an ice cream cone at the Jersey Freeze! To be able to walk inside, step up to the counter, and say, “Soft vanilla dipped in chocolate, please.” I want to get a pizza with my pal, the ex-mayor of Freehold, and all my old friends down at Federici’s. I want to take in the boardwalk on a quiet weekday night in Point Pleasant. Lose some of my money at all those wheels of chance. Hang at the beach until about five-thirty or six, when the evening cool just begins to drift in and that sun is low and warm on your skin. That is my favorite time of day. Then I may head in to Red Bank and stop at Jack’s record store — stay strong, Jack! We’re lucky to have a record store in Red Bank! That’s for sure. Then maybe find a place to sit outside and have a drink, just surrounded by folks without a worry, just going about their business. Never has the mundane seemed so longingly attractive.”
Zum Abschluss der Show warnte Bruce Springsteen vor übereilten Lockerungen in der Corona Krise: “Ich weiss, dass die Leute wieder arbeiten müssen, um ihre Rechnungen zu bezahlen. Aber das Land sollte vorsichtig und verantwortungsbewusst handeln … ”
“I know folks need to get back to work, need to get their bills paid, they need to feed their families… but the country should be reopened in a cautious, safe, and responsible manner. Not carelessly, in a gesture that will cost tens of thousands of lives — prodded on by a president going against his own government mandate in advising citizens to “liberate Michigan” and “liberate Virginia.” Frankly, that is the wrong language right now. And it pissed me off. It’s just weak and irresponsbile. It’s the gesture of a man willing to roll the dice and put the lives of those who put him into office — and their children, and their elderly friends and families — at risk. For perhaps nothing more than an election year ploy. It’s cowardly.

The toughest thing about the lockdown is the feeling of not knowing what the future holds. The feeling of your whole life being placed on hold. Time seeming to move quickly but slowly. Empty and unused time, I don’t care for — especially at 70. I’m counting my days.

And my friends, I’ve got things to do that involve me and you.
My son is 25, and he’s worried about the time that’s ticking out of his life. I feel like Muhammed Ali, who was at is prime — well, I’m in my late prime — but who was at his prime, and the years he could have spent boxing were taken away from him.

So I try to heed my deceased Aunt Ida’s advice: she always said, “Just live every day as if you’re gonna live forever.” I like that. “Live every day as if you’re gonna live forever.” I think she meant, greet each day on its own terms. As an opportunity for life’s possibilities. Breathe it in. Let the world open up before you, and prepare yourself to accept it in its entirety, on its own terms, with a vengeance. Well, I’m ready and I hope you are too. But right now, the waiting… is the hardest part.”
Roy Acuff – “Turn Your Radio On”
Little Richard – “Born on the Bayou”
Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti”
Little Richard – “Do the Jerk (Get Down With It)”
Little Steven – “Out of the Darkness”
Glen Campbell – “Times Like These”
Future Bible Heroes – “Kiss Me Only With Your Eyes”
Magnetic Fields – “Andrew in Drag”
Courtney Barnett – “Nobody Really Cares if You Go to the Party”
Tom Waits – “Lie to Me”
The Aqua Velvets – “Return to Paia”
Marlene Dietrich – “Das Lied Ist Aus (Don’t Ask Me Why)”
Bob Dylan – “Some Enchanted Evening”
Craig Finn – “Tangletown”
Joe Ely – “Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown”
The Pogues – “A Rainy Night in Soho”
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – “The Waiting”
The Hold Steady – “Stuck Between Stations”
Dion (feat. Patti Scialfa und Bruce Springsteen) – “Hymn to Him”
Big Bill Broonzy – “This Train”
Rank and File – “The Conductor Wore Black”
Bruce Springsteen – “Land of Hope and Dreams”
Warren Zevon – “Don’t Let Us Get Sick”
Pforzheim Motet Choir – Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618”
Antony and the Johnsons – “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”

3. Juni 2020

Der 46jährige Afroamerikaner George Floyd kam am 25. Mai 2020 in Minneapolis, MN bei einem Polizeieinsatz ums Leben. Videoaufnahmen lösten seitdem in über 140 Städten der USA gewalttätige Proteste aus. Die Unruhen forderten sogar Todesopfer und zahlreiche Gemeinden sahen sich gezwungen, nächtliche Ausgangssperren zu verhängen.

Bruce Springsteen war am 3. Juni 2020 “Live On Air” und begann seine Sendung mit der Eigenkomposition "American Skin (41 Shots)".

Bruce Springsteens Komposition “American Skin (41 Shots)” aus dem Jahre 2000 wurde durch die Ermordung des aus Liberia stammenden Amadou Diallo inspiriert.

Am Morgen des 4. Februar 1999 stand Diallo vor seinem Haus in der Wheeler Avenue, Bronx, NYC und machte sich auf, in die Innenstadt zu fahren, um Videokassetten an Passanten zu verkaufen. Die vier Zivilfahnder Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss verwechselten ihn mit einem Serienvergewaltiger und wollten ihn verhaften. Als Diallo in seine Jacke fasste, eröffneten die Polizisten ohne Vorwarnung das Feuer und streckten den 24jährigen mit 41 Schüssen nieder.

Der Vorfall löste in den Vereinigten Staaten eine heftige Diskussion über das grobe Vorgehen der Polizei aus und gipfelte in gewalttätigen Demonstrationen. Letztendlich wurden die Polizeibeamten in einer Neuverhandlung vor einem Gericht in Albany, NY freigesprochen.
“Eight minutes. That song is almost eight minutes long. And that’s how long it took George Floyd to die, with a Minneapolis officer’s knee buried into his neck. That’s a long time. That’s how long he begged for help and said he couldn’t breathe; the arresting officer’s response was nothing but silence and weight. Then, he had no pulse. And still it went on.

That goes out to Seattle, to New York, to Miami, to Atlanta, to Chicago, to Dallas, to Philadelphia, to Washington, to Los Angeles, to Asbury Park, to Minneapolis, and to the memory of George Floyd. May he rest in peace.

As we speak, 40 million people are unemployed. 100,000-plus citzens have died from COVID-19, with only the most tepid and unfeeling response from our White House. As of today, our black citizens continue to be killed unnecessarily by our police on the streets of America. And as of this broadcast, the country was on fire and in chaos.”

One of the darkest songs in the American canon.
The video of the death of George Floyd is a 21st cnetury visual lynching. And “Strange Fruit” was written on the lynchings of black Americans that took place after the Reconstruction and into the 20th century. It was recorded in 1939 by Ms. Holiday, and written by Abel Meeropol in 1937. It’s just an incredible work. We remain haunted, generation after generation, by our original sin of slavery. It remains the great unresolved issue of American society. The weight of its baggage gets heavier with each passing generation, and as of this violent, chaotic week on the streets of America, there is no end in sight.

We need systemic changes in our law enforcement departments, and in the political will of our national citizenry, to once again move forward the kind of changes that will bring the ideals of the Civil Rights movement once again to life and into this moment.

We have a choice, between chaos or community. A spiritual, moral, and democratic awakening, or becoming a nation fallen to history, with critical issues we refuse to or couldn’t address. Is our American system flexible enough to make — without violence — the humane, fundamental changes necessary for a just society? The American story, our story, is in our hands. And may God bless us all.

Stay safe. Stay well, stay strong, until we meet again, stay involved. And… go in peace.

Bruce Springsteen – “American Skin (41 Shots)”
Bruce Springsteen – “Murder Incorporated”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Joe Grushecky & Bruce Springsteen – “That’s What Makes Us Great”
Joe Grushecky & Bruce Springsteen – “Idiot’s Delight”
Bob Dylan – “Political World”
Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Burnin’ and Lootin'”
Martin Luther King Jr. – “Keep Moving,”
Kanye West – “Who Will Survive in America”
Kanye West & Jay-Z (with Frank Ocean) – “Made in America”
Paul Robeson – “Go Down Moses”
Bruce Springsteen – “Heaven’s Wall”
Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – “Get Down Moses”
Thea Gilmore – “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?”
Bob Dylan – “Blind Willie McTell”
Billie Holiday – “Strange Fruit”
Nappy Roots – “Work in Progress”
Paul Robeson – “The House I Live In”
Patti Smith – “People Have the Power”
Bob Dylan – “Murder Most Foul”
United States Army Field Band Soldier’s Chorus – “America, My Country Tis of Thee”
Gram Parsons – “In My Hour of Darkness"

17. Juni 2020

In der sechsten Ausgabe seiner Radiosendung wendete sich Bruce Springsteen direkt an Präsident Donald Trump und forderte den Politiker angesichts der Corona Pandemie auf, Rücksicht zu nehmen und einen Mundschutz zu tragen.
“I’m going to start out by sending one to the man behind the Resolute desk. With all respect, sir: show some consideration and care for your countrymen and your country. Put on a fucking mask.”
Ausserdem sagte Bruce Springsteen folgendes:
“It is the responsibility of those who lead us to inhabit the nexus where our national, political, and spiritual lives meet.

The United States of America is ultimately a nation of souls. In times of historic calamity, and tragedy, it is necessary for our leaders to administer not only to our social needs, but to the union of souls that is our common citizenry. To tend to our wounds, both physical and psychic, and speak to the strength and fears of our national family.

May you lay your personal burdens down for a moment and join us in the next hour for some music that I hope will lighten those burdens as well as administer, ever so slightly, to your good soul.

Now, I had another show prepared for broadcast this week, on this strange and eventful summer. But with 100,000-plus Americans dying over the last few months, and the empty, shamed response from our leaders, I’ve been simply pissed off. Those lives deserve better than just being inconvenient statistics for our president’s reelection efforts. It’s a national disgrace.

So instead of celebrating the joys of summer, we will be contemplating our current circumstances with the coronavirus, and the cost that it has drawn from our nation. We will be calculating what we’ve lost, sending prayers for the deceased and the families they’ve left behind.”
Darüber hinaus trauerte er um Berühmtheiten, die aufgrund des Cornavirus gestorben sind. Bruce Springsteen rezitierte Namen und erinnerte unter anderem an den Folkmusiker John Prine (73) sowie den amerikanischen Songwriter Adam Schlesinger, der mit 52 Jahren an den Folgen einer SARS-CoV-2-Infektion gestorben ist.
“One of the most heart-rending aspects of these deaths is that the virus has stolen from us our rituals. Our funerals, our wakes, our house meetings with family after the burial. Our ability to stand by our loved ones, to touch them, to kiss them as they pass, to look into their eyes and let them physically know how we loved them — this is the cruelty of this disease. To say our last goodbyes to our loved ones by phone, and then to return home, alone, to an empty house.

It is a heartbreaking and lonely death, for those afflicted and for those left behind to pick up the pieces.

Now, when my father died, my close friends and my brother-in-law, we stood in the graveyard, in the midst of our large family, and we took shovels and we buried my father ourselves. It meant a great, great, great deal to me. And it’s a memory I’ll cherish as long as I live. The importance of that ritual. And to stand with my loved ones on the burying ground.”
Zum Abschluss der Sendung spielte Springsteen eine Rede von Ex-Präsident Barack Obama aus dem Jahre 2014 und gab zu Protokoll, dass Obama die Bevölkerung schon vor 6 Jahren vor einer Pandemie warnte und eine Ausweitung des öffentlichen Gesundheitswesens anregte.
“He is warning us that Judgement Day is coming. The election is only months away. VOTE! God help us all — vote, before it’s too late … American citizens, unite. Your country needs you, your countrymen need your care and compassion. And this is our moment. Until we meet again, stay safe, stay strong, mask up! And go in peace.”
John Paul Jones – “Down to the River to Pray”
Bob Dylan – “Disease of Conceit”
Neil Young – “When God Made Me”
The Sensational Nightingales – “Burying Ground”
The Brazz Brothers – “Woyaya” (live)
Bruce Springsteen – “Dream Baby Dream”
Fugazi – “Give Me the Cure”
Barack Obama addresses the NIH, 12/2/14
Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”
2Pac – “Changes”
Paul Robeson – “Deep River”
Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Who’ll Stop the Rain”
Blind Willie McTell – “Lay Some Flowers on My Grave”
Johnny Cash – “The Man Comes Around”
The Consolers – “Too Late”
York College Concert Choir – “Down to the River to Pray"


1. Juli 2020

Bruce Springsteen war am 1. Juli 2020 abermals “Live On Air” und führte wie schon am 8. April 2020, am 24. April 2020, am 6. Mai 2020, am 20. Mai 2020, am 3. Juni 2020 sowie am 17. Juni 2020 durch eine 90minütige Sendung auf SIRIUS XM E STREET RADIO. Die Sendung stand unter dem Motto “The Jersey Summit!” und der “Boss” begrüsste seine langjährigen Weggefährten Little Steven Van Zandt und Southside Johnny Lyon.

Bruce Springsteen begrüsste die Zuschauer mit folgenden Worten:

“Hello, hello, fellow Americans and summer revellers! I’m glad to be here with you on this Fourth of July weekend to help you celebrate our Independence Day. We have a three-DJ spectacular for you today — I will be spinning the discs with Southside Johnny and Little Steven Van Zandt! And we will be concentrating on the soul stylings of Asbury Park, circa 1977 to ’88, when Southside and Steve and I had all gotten together down at the Stone Pony. Steve and South had their fantastic house band there, and I spent many nights there high as a fuckin’ kite.”

Johnny Lyon erblickte am 4. Dezember 1948 in Neptune, NJ das Licht der Welt. In jungen Jahren interessierte er sich für die Rock’n Roll Musik und beschloss, in Elvis Presleys Fussstapfen zu treten und weltberühmt zu werden. Wie Bruce Springsteen verdiente er sich seine ersten Lorbeeren in der Küstenstadt Asbury Park, NJ, wo er unter anderem in den 1970er Jahren als Mundharmonikaspieler in Bruce Springsteens Band “Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom” im Erscheinung trat.

Nach unzähligen Auftritten in den angesagtesten Kneipen der Stadt, gelang ihm Mitte der 1970er Jahren der nationale Durchbruch. Sein Debütalbum “I Don’t Want To Go Home” aus dem Jahre 1976 war stark geprägt von Rhythm & Blues und wurde ein Achtungserfolg. Das von Steven Van Zandt produzierte Werk landete auf Platz 125 der “Billboard Abum Charts”.

Da die Asbury Jukes ständig in Springsteens Schatten standen, blieb der erhoffte kommerzielle Erfolg weitgehend aus. Die Jukes arbeiteten trotzdem unverdrossen weiter und machten sich als “Jerseys Greatest Showband” einen Namen. Im Jahre 1982 wählte das “Rolling Stone Magazin” den Longplayer “Hearts of Stone” aus dem Jahre 1978 unter die Top-100-Alben der 1970er und 1980er Jahre.

Während der knapp zweistündigen Sendung wurden 20 Songs von Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny, Little Steven, Clarence Clemons und Gary U.S. Bonds gespielt. Unter anderem auch die Little Steven Live-Version der Bruce Springsteen Komposition “Tucson Train”.

Der Song ist auf Bruce Springsteens aktuellem Longplayer “Western Stars” zu finden. Am 15. September 2019 lies es sich Little Steven nicht nehmen, besagtes Lied im “Rialto Theatre” in Tucson, AZ erstmals Live vor Publikum zu performen.

Little Steven kündigte damals “Tucson Train” mit folgenden Worten an:

“We got something special for you tonight. We’re gonna try something out, first time. A buddy of mine has a new album out called ‘Western Stars’. And the movie’s gonna come out, I believe it’s Oct. 25. Ya gotta see this movie. It’s one of the most incredible things I’ve ever seen in my life. We’re gonna give you a little recycled version of the trailer to the movie. Audio trailer, anyway. This is something called ‘Tucson Train'”


Bruce Springsteen – "What Love Can Do"
Bruce Springsteen – "I’m Going Down"
Southside Johnny – "Some Things Just Don’t Change"
Bruce Springsteen – "Gotta Get That Feeling"
Little Steven – "Love Again"
Southside Johnny – "Love On The Wrong Side Of Town"
Bruce Springsteen – "So Young And In Love"
Gary U.S. Bonds – "Soul Deep"
Southside Johnny – "Coming Back"
Little Steven – "Until The Good Is Gone"
Bruce Springsteen – "Lion’s Den"
Little Steven – "Soul Power Twist"
Southside Johnny – "The Fever"
Clarence Clemons – "Savin’ Up"
Gary U.S. Bonds – "This Little Girl"
Little Steven – "Tucson Train (Live)"
Southside Johnny – "First Night"
Southside Johnny – "I Don’t Want To Go Home"
Bruce Springsteen – "10th Avenue Freeze Out"
Southside Johnny – "It’s Been A Long Time"
Bruce Springsteen – "Jersey Girl"


15. Juli 2020

Die 8. Show stand unter dem Motto “Summertime, Summertime” und Bruce Springsteen lies es sich nicht nehmen, Geschichten rund um die heisse Jahreszeit zu erzählen. Obwohl die Corona Krise die Vereinigten Staaten immer noch in Atem hält, erinnerte sich Bruce Springsteen an die Sommer seiner Jugend zurück.

I loved and love summer. As a child I became summer. I melted into the hot tarmac, I rolled myself into a sand ball at the beach. I slid beneath the murky water, ducking summer dragonflies at the Freehold pond. I sat in the tops of trees, feeling the summer breeze prickle over my freshly cut Saturday-afternoon flat-top.

I’d stand with my bike ‘neath the August sun by the roadside, watching the locals on the road crew lay down the steaming blacktop, that beneath their rakes and shovels and heavy equipment curled and flattened like hot licorice. And when the big men and the machinery moved away, I waited, and I wanted my wheels to be the first to touch that steaming, virgin roadway.

In the evening twilight, I sat glued to the curb with a Pinky rubber ball in my hand, waiting for my best friend Bobby Duncan to finish his dinner so we could engage in epic gutterball tournaments into the night. And then later with scissors we’d poke holes into the lids of glass mason jars and invade the vacant lot across from my grandmother’s front porch to capture our nightly quota of the evening’s fireflies, just to leave them twinkling til dawn on our night tables. May they rest in peace.

We’d play Home Free, running from pool of light to pool of light from our neighborhood street lamps, until we were called in, as the neighborhood’s porch lights went dark, by my grandmother’s voice. And there, my sister and I would sleep on opposite sides of the bed, wrapped between hot, sticky sheets, on pre-air-conditioning, humid, Jersey summer nights.

There were evenings that, if it got hot enough, my Dad showed mercy on us, and he’d pack us into the Olds and set off in the darkness on Route 33 for the 20-mile ride to Manasquan, where on those nights the heat and the humidity of inland Freehold became too much to bear. We’d sleep in our pajamas, our bed blankets stretched out on the cool sand, enjoying the ocean air of the Manasquan Inlet.

Then at early light, like magic, we’d be carried back into the house, into our bedrooms, sandy-haired from our beach sleep, and I’d watch the sun splash its morning gold over the western wall of my room. And soon I’d smell my mother’s coffee drifting up through the floor grate that opened to my room. I’d lie awake and listen to my parents leave for work.

As a teenager, I would stay up all night — as a crucible to pass for three or four nights of the summer, as the house sank into a midsummer-evening silence. I’d be camping out in my room. I’d have my flashlight, I’d have my Japanese transistor AM radio that I was listening to. I would take 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. walks around the town of Freehold, when the streets were mine!

At night and only at night was I king of the streets of Freehold, New Jersey, unhassled by the day’s rednecks. Any time they’d see some longhair pass the barbershop they’d come running out, shaving cream half on their face: “Hey! Are you a girl?”

That was bullshit I didn’t need in those days.

So in the middle of the evening, I’d return home — 3:30 a.m., I’d arrive into the kitchen, I would build myself an almighty peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich, pouring it on. I would then retire to my room to wait for my favorite song to be broadcast by the WMCA Good Guys. One summer, my favorite song was Lonnie Donegan’s “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (on the Bedpost Overnight?)”!

In my bed, in the summer I’d be reading all my old copies of Surfer magazine. Did I surf? No. But the magazine held two very essential elements, surf or not. I was deeply interested in the perfectly tanned surfer girls in bikinis, and in the advertisements for Fender guitars.

There they were, in the fresh ads, the true objects of my desire: three white Fenders — a bass, a Stratocaster, and a Jaguar, each as white as the Hawaiian sand, lined up next to one another, each more desirable than the next… but taken as a group? My god. The perfect trifecta.

Now, I spent relatively short quality time with the pictures of the surfer girls. But I spent hours in my bunk, in my room, salivating over those guitars. I’d drift off to sleep with the magazine open on my chest, and then riding the summer breeze from the west came slipping through my open bedroom window, a sound I swear that was coming from some perfect beach thousands of miles away …

Neben Geschichten gab es auch viele Songs. Unter anderem spielte Bruce Springsteens mit “Sherry Darling”, “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy), “County Fair” und “Backstreets” vier eigene Kompositionen. Darüber hinaus legte er auch die Erfolgssingle “Night Swimming” der aus Athens, GA stammenden Rockband R.E.M. auf.

Bruce Springsteen sagte:

There is nothing like the sea at night. When the water is slightly warmer than the air, even though the air is humid after a 95-degree day. God, I love swimming at night. It is all darkness and mystery. It is the void.

And it must be done naked. Clothes at the waterline, please. Do this, and my pilgrim, you will become cleansed. Never will the evening air, or a kiss on the beach, or a dry towel ever feel so good again. The walk to the car will be filled with starlit grace, and you will never forget it.

And once you hit the water, you will be covered in the blossoming beauty of your youth, no matter how old you are. And whoever you’re with, you will always remember them.


Noveller – “Canyons” / “Pre-fabled”
The Jamies – “Summertime Summertime”
War on Drugs – “Up All Night”
Lonnie Donegan – “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (on the Bedpost Overnight?)”
Bruce Springsteen – “Sherry Darling”
Beach Boys – “California Girls”
Ren Harvieu – “Summer Romance”
Lana Del Rey – “Video Games”
H.E.R. – “I Can’t Breathe”
James Brown – “The Boss”
Sly & The Family Stone – “Hot Fun in the Summertime”
The Rolling Stones – “Under the Boardwalk”
Bruce Springsteen – “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”
Bruce Springsteen – “County Fair”
Instrumental interlude: Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks – “Lullaby”
Bruce Springsteen – “Backstreets”
Kendrick Lamar (ft. Zacari) – “LOVE.”
Victoria Williams – “Summer of Drugs”
Instrumental interlude: Noble Oak – “Hypersleep”
REM – “Nightswimming”
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul – “Summer of Sorcery”
Bobby Darin – “Beyond the Sea"


30. Juli 2020

Patti Scialfa feierte am 29. Juli 2020 ihren 67. Geburtstag.
Tags darauf – am 30. Juli 2020 – war Bruce Springsteen auf Sirius XM E Street Radio “On Air” und präsentierte eine 113minütige Radioshow, die unter dem Titel “Rumble Doll” stand. Der “Boss” begrüsste als Special-Guest seine Frau Patti Scialfa und lies es sich nicht nehmen, aus der Karriere seiner “First Lady Of Love” zu berichten.

Die Sendung begann mit dem Song “Tell Him” der im Jahre 1962 in Queens gegründeten Band “The Exciters”. Bruce Springsteen erzählte, dass diese Komposition für beide sehr bedeutsam ist. Ausserdem begrüsste er die Zuhörer mit folgenden Worten:

Bruce Springsteen:
“Today we will be featuring the music of my red-headed Jersey girl, and her great albums – ‘Rumble Doll’, ’23rd Street Lullaby’, ‘Play It As It Lays’, and whaddya say we get started?”

Nachdem das titelgebende Lied des Patti Scialfa Debütalbums gespielt wurde, erinnerte sich Patti Scialfa an das Jahr 1993 zurück und gab zu Protokoll, dass “Rumble Doll” analog in der Garage des Produzenten Mike Campbell aufgenommen und abgemischt wurde.

Patti Scialfa:
“We recorded on analog in his garage, and I felt we had a really organic approach to the record — which I think was really fitting for the material. Mike Campbell was very sensitive to how I wrote the songs — I would always play him the song on the instrument I wrote it on, and he basically copied that muted triplet on the guitar”

Im weiteren Verlauf dieser Aufnahmesession teilte Patti Scialfa dem Produzenten mit, dass sie mit ihrem ersten Sohn schwanger sei. Bruce Springsteen meldete sich zu Wort und fuhr fort, dass Patti nicht nur ein Album gemacht, sondern auch Essen für einen Arschlochmusiker zubereiten musste.

Bruce Springsteen:
“So Patti made this album while pregnant, while rushing home to cook some asshole musician dinner”

Patti Scialfa:
“I will never do that again!. while he sat his fat ass on the couch and watched television all night"

Bruce Springsteen und Patti Scialfa unterhielten sich auch über Musiker, die das Songwriting der Patti Scialfa Platten geprägt hatten. Bruce erinnert unter anderem an an die im Jahre 1997 verstorbene Sängerin und Komponistin Laura Nyro, die grossen Einfluss auf die Popmusik der späten 1960er und der 1970er Jahre hatte.

Bruce Springsteen:
“I can hear her voice in your beautiful song, ‘Young in the City’. That is just some incredible lyric-writing and a beautiful classic New York City urban arrangement. Those city songs of yours remind me of who you were when we first met. You were a stone cold city girl, nineteen years living in the city!”

Patti Scialfa:
“I loved New York City, I had a massive love affair with the city”

Bruce Springsteen:
“I used to steal up there and sit on a park bench, waiting for my gal to meet me with a six-pack of beer”

Patti Scialfa:
“This is true. We got engaged on that park bench”

Bruce Springsteen spielte im Anschluss den Song “Talk To Me Like The Rain” aus dem “Rumble Doll” Album und beteuerte, dass dieses Lied zu seinen Favoriten zählt. Patti Scialfa fällt ihrem Ehemann prompt ins Wort und erinnert, dass er sämtliche Instrumente zu diesem Song beigesteuert hat.

Bruce Springsteen:
“We’ve been concentrating mostly on Rumble Doll; for your next two records you took a bit of a turn. You embraced more southern soul and R&B influences, even some blues. You had a new producer”.

Patti Scialfa:
“23rd St. Lullaby was Steve Jordan”.

Als nächstes rezensierte Bruce Springsteen die im Jahr 2004 bzw. 2007 erschienenen Alben “23rd. Street Lullaby” sowie “Play It As It Lays” und informiert, dass Patti Scalfa einen Wandel vollzogen und mehr Soul, Blues und RnB in das Songwriting hat einfliessen lassen.

Die Sendung endete überraschend intim und persönlich. Bruce und Patti tauschten sich über den Song “Valerie” aus:

Bruce Springsteen:
“Let’s move to ‘Valerie’. This is a very heavy song in our history, because my recollection was, I was visiting you in your apartment in New York, probably when I shouldn’t have been visiting you in your apartment in New York”

Patti Scialfa:
“We were actually rehearsing…”

Bruce Springsteen:
“Under the guise of rehearsing for Tunnel of Love, and teaching you the guitar parts. But anyway, somehow you got around to playing me this next song, and I remember thinking, this woman can write, and it totally made me twice as scared as I was anyway.”

Patti Scialfa:
“That’s so sweet!”

Bruce Springsteen:
“It was like, Whoa. I think I saw your talent for the first time outside of your voice”

Patti Scialfa:
“I remember that very … explicitly”

Als letzte Songs wurden “Spanish Dancer” und “Rose” gespielt.

Bruce Springsteen:
“And these were all written for you at the time when love feels very dangerous. Yes it did. Yes, it did. So — let’s play it. When I pass away, just take these [‘Spanish Dancer’] lyrics and slap ’em up on my headstone! That’s all they need to know about me”

Mit den Worten “That’s it for this week. Stay smart, stay safe, stay healthy, stay strong — and stay in love!” beendet Bruce Springsteen die mittlerweile neunte Ausgabe seiner Radioshow.


The Exciters – “Tell Him”
Patti Scialfa – “Rumble Doll”
Patti Scialfa – “Lucky Girl
Laura Nyro – “I Met Him on a Sunday”
Laura Nyro – “The Bells
Patti Scialfa – “Young In The City”
Wanda Jackson – “Fujiyama Mama”
Patti Scialfa – “City Boys”
Patti Scialfa – “As Long as I Can Be With You”
The Ronettes – “Walking in the Rain”
Patti Scialfa – “Talk to Me Like the Rain”
Irma Thomas – “Ruler of My Heart”
Patti Scialfa – “You’re a Big Girl Now” (previously unreleased)
Patti Scialfa – “Like Any Woman Would”
Al Green – “So Tired of Being Alone”
Ike & Tina Turner – “River Deep Mountain High”
Patti Scialfa – “Town Called Heartbreak”
Patti Scialfa – “Valerie”
Patti Scialfa – “Looking for Elvis”
Marianne Faithfull – “Trouble in Mind (The Return)”
Patti Scialfa – “Spanish Dancer”
Patti Scialfa – “Rose”

12. August 2020

Die Sendung startete gegen Mitternacht und Bruce Springsteen erzählte, dass er die meiste Zeit in seinem Leben keine grosse Vorliebe für den Tag hatte. “Als Kind war ich ein Nachtkrieger und der Sonnenaufgang brachte nur Hindernisse”.

“For most of my life, I had no great fondness for the day. A born night crawler, up till 3 a.m. as a young child. Waking too early, schoolwork, and somebody else running my life. But at night I found my mind came to life. I felt a stimulation, and a creative excitement, a freedom, that eluded me in the day. At night, I felt most like myself.”

Als ersten Song präsentierte Bruce Springsteen das Instrumental “Man With a Harmonica” des kürzlich verstorbenen italienischen Komponisten Ennio Morricone.

Bruce Springsteen sagte:

“Man With a Harmonica helped dim the lights and strike a cinematic vibe”.

“Man With a Harmonica” wurde für den Sergio Leone Western “Spiel mir das Lied vom Tod” im Jahre 1968 verwendet und machte Ennio Morricone zu einer Legende.

Bruce Springsteen fuhr fort:

“All that night was just something that came naturally to me. There was just something I loved about being awake as the straight world slept. It excited me. It sparked my creativity. And it gave me the uninterrupted peace and quiet I needed to work.

Occasionally, I’d break curfew, just to get out of the house. I’d take a 2 or 3 a.m. night drive in my ’60 ‘Vette, over the local roads of Monmouth County; the darkness and shadows of the highway at night was where I lived. I was a wandering spirit, barely there, looking briefly into the dimly lit homes where I could be living any one of a thousand other lives, filled with family and friends. But I wasn’t. For now, the life I chose was here: the life of words, the life of song, the life of these roads, of these evenings. This life — and all it gave, and all it withheld — was my life”.

Nach der Eigenkompositon “Stolen Car” und dem The War On Drugs Lied “Strangest Thing” erzählte Bruce Springsteen aus seiner Jugend und gab zu Protokoll, dass er eine Persona non grate im Zuhause seiner ersten Freundin war. Ich wurde von der Mutter meiner Freundin als unerwünscht eingestuft.

“I was persona non grata at my first real girlfriend’s house. It was 1965. Maybe it was the hair, my cultivated look of dishevelment, but whatever it was, I was marked as an undesirable by my perfect girlfriend’s mother.

Now, I was 15, and my gal was a year younger than me, 14. But though a year younger, she had a surprising, burgeoning sexuality that showed me up for being as inexperienced as I was at that age. But, I had one thing going for me: I was forbidden. I was not to be had. I was not to be touched. And she had a bit of a closeted rebellious streak of her own. So when mom was away, we ventured to mom’s bedroom, where she introduced me, for the first time, to what I think was full-on sex — though due to the fog of war, 55 years later, I can’t be completely sure. All I remember was she was beautiful, with a softness and a kindness cut by a streak of cruelty I should have took more notice of.

Now, in the shadows always lurked a major problem to our paradise. You see, she was solidly middle class: perfect plaid skirt, blouse with the Peter Pan collar, white socks, long blond tresses. I was a denizen from the far side of nowhere, where blacks intermingled with whites, where a man never left his house in a suit unless he was going to church or in trouble. Where the firemen, and the truck drivers, and the auto workers gathered around each other’s porches on summer nights and passed beers and stories of the week around.

Well, her mother could not help but be disappointed in and disapprove of who she thought I was. So the word came down, and she theatrically threatened to get a restraining order that would forbid me from seeing her perfect daughter.

Now, her perfect daughter had plenty of “Fuck you, Mom” in her, so we began to meet at night, at the Broad Street schoolyard. And there, amongst the empty monkey bars and sliding boards and swings and seesaws, stood an oak tree that became our rendezvous and redemption point. We worked and leaned hard against that oak’s trunk on many a summer and fall night, trying to find whatever pleasure and satisfaction we could there. She stole time from Mama, girlfriends, and homework to meet me there. It was always too short, and a little painful. But at least she’d come, and we were there together.

Then one night she didn’t come. Or the next night, either. So I sat on the swings with the rest of the ghosts, dragging my feet through stones and dirt, until 2 a.m. Then I went home. The revolution was over. Whatever use I had been, I was needed no longer. I had engaged the enemy on the field of the battle of love, and I had been defeated. Or maybe she just got tired of it all — became too much of a hassle.

Well, I finally caught her at her locker in school, one morning, and she tried to be kind, but I wouldn’t let her. I wanted to hear her say it was all over. So she said it. I went home, and I decided to rid myself of her, to relieve my heart of her, to release my mind of the burden of thinking of her. It didn’t work. I’d see her in my dreams”.

Im weiteren Verlauf der knapp zweistündigen Sendung rezitiert Springsteen unter anderem aus dem Robert Louis Stevenson Gedicht “The Land of Nod” und zeichnet Barszenen nach, die an den Song “Tougher Than The Rest” erinnern.

Bruce Springsteen beendete die Sendung mit folgenden Worten:

“How do we live beneath the beauty of God’s hand? How do we become worthy of the love that he’s made possible for us on Earth? And how do we light and carry our own lamp through the darkness? How do we be brave in His name and in our love?”


Ennio Morricone – “Man With a Harmonica”
Lee Hazelwood und Nancy Sinatra – “Some Velvet Morning”
Ludovico Einaudi – “Night”
Lana Del Rey – “American”
Moby – “Fireworks”
Bruce Springsteen – “Stolen Car”
The War on Drugs: “Strangest Thing”
Brian Eno – “Always Returning”
Leonard Cohen – “In My Secret Life”
Bruce Springsteen – “Breakaway”
Bruce Springsteen – “Meeting Across the River”
Ry Cooder – “Cancion Mixteca”
Bruce Springsteen – “Sad Eyes”
Ola Gjeilo – “Before Dawn”
Bruce Springsteen – “Something in the Night”
Sigur Rós – “Ágaetis byrjun”
Roy Orbison – “In Dreams”
Mark Isham und Marianne Faithfull – “The Hawk (El Gavilan)”
Robert Shaw – “Beautiful Dreamer”
Reverend Horton Heat – “In Your Wildest Dreams”

1. September 2020

Am ersten Montag im September wird in den Vereinigten Staaten der “Labor Day” begangen. Der “Tag der Arbeit” erinnert an den Gewerkschaftsvertreter Terence Vincent Powderly, der im Jahre 1869 die “Knights of Labor” (Ritter der Arbeit) gründete und sich als Wortführer der Arbeitnehmer für einen Achtstundentag einsetzte. Darüber hinaus vertrat der Visionär die Meinung, dass alle Menschen, unabhängig von Rasse und Geschlecht, für die gleiche Arbeit auch den gleichen Lohn erhalten sollten.
Das “Labor Day” Wochenende läutet gleichzeitig das Ende der Summer Holidays (Sommerferien) ein. Besonders Familien nutzen diesen staatlichen Feiertag, um noch einmal die Strände zu besuchen und Sonne zu tanken. Tags drauf sind alle schulpflichtigen Jugendlichen aufgerufen, in die High Schools, Colleges und Elementary Schools zurückzukehren.
Bruce Springsteen präsentierte am 1. September 2020 die elfte Ausgabe seiner Radioshow “From My Home to Yours” auf Sirius XM E Street Radio und ging der Frage nach, ob er als Rock Star über die Sorgen der Arbeiterklasse sprechen und urteilen darf. Bruce Springsteen sagte, dass die Arbeiter arbeiten und die Autoren schreiben. Trotzdem spiegeln sich in Bruce Springsteens Lieder immer wieder die Anliegen der Arbeiter wieder.

“Greetings E Street Nation, friends, fans and listeners from coast to coast! Welcome to our Labor Day extravaganza. Today we are celebrating the American working man and woman — all the folks that keep our world spinning ’round and ’round”.

Bruce Springsteen spielte während der zweistündigen Show viele Songs und nutzte die Gelegenheit, um einige Gedichte und Texte zu rezitieren. Unter anderem erinnerte Springsteen an den im Jahre 1879 in Schweden geborenen Emmanuel Häggling, der anno 1902 mit seiner Familie nach New York emigrierte. Dort angekommen gab er sich den Namen Joe Hill und zog nach Westen, um in Kalifornien heimisch zu werden und sich der radikalen Gewerkschaft “Industrial Workers of the World” anzuschliessen. Joe Hill organisierte in der Folgezeit Streiks und arbeitete an einer neuen Lohnskala, die den Arbeitern kürzere Arbeitszeiten und bessere Lebensumstände versprach.
Am 10. Januar 1914 wurde Joe Hill der Prozess gemacht. Er wurde trotz mangelnder Beweise angeklagt, einen Lebensmittelhändler ermordet und ausgeraubt zu haben. Obwohl der schwedische Generalkonsul als auch US Präsident Woodrow Wilson Einspruch einlegten, wurde er vom obersten Gerichtshof des Staates Utah zum Tode verurteilt und am 19. November 1915 hingerichtet.

Am Tag vor seiner Hinrichtung schrieb Joe Hill in seinem Testament folgendes:

My will is easy to decide
For there is nothing to divide
My kin don’t need to fuss and moan
“Moss does not cling to rolling stone”

My body? Oh, if I could choose
I would to ashes it reduce
And let the merry breezes blow
My dust to where some flowers grow
Perhaps some fading flower then
Would come to life and bloom again.

This is my Last and final Will.
Good Luck to All of you
– Joe Hill

Nachdem Bruce Springsteen Joe Hills Testament verlesen und seine Liveversion der Pete Seeger Komposition “Joe Hill”, den Public Enemy Klassiker “Fight the Power” sowie andere Protestlieder gespielt hat, wendete er sich Donna Summer zu und erzählte, dass er Mitte der 1980er Jahre “Cover Me” für sie geschrieben hat:

“She works hard for the money! I had the pleasure of writing a song and doing a session with Donna and Quincy Jones in the mid-’80s. She was absolutely lovely. I originally wrote “Cover Me” for her, and then Mr. Landau heard it and, doing his duty as my manager, advised me to keep it. So I wrote a song “Protection” for her and recorded it with her. Good… but no “Cover Me”.

Bruce Springsteen verbindete in seiner elften Radioshow traditionelle Arbeiterlieder mit kommerziellen Heartland Rock und lies sich sich nicht nehmen, Songs von John Mellencamp und Bob Seger zu spielen.
Die Sendung endete mit folgenden Worten:

“That’s our show for today, folks. Until we meet again, stay strong, stay healthy, stay safe… and have a wonderful Labor Day”.


Aaron Copland – “Fanfare for the Common Man”
Roy Orbison – “Workin’ for the Man”
Joe Ely – “Working on the Highway”
Mick Flavin – “Working Woman”
Jimmy Tingle – “Labor Day”
Langston Hughes’s “Steel Mills” (Gedicht)
Bruce Springsteen – “Youngstown”
Woody Guthrie – “Union Maid”
Hazel Dickens – “Rebel Girl”
Joe Hill’s “My Last Will” (Gedicht)
Bruce Springsteen – “Joe Hill” (Live in Tampa, FL, 2014)
Public Enemy – “Fight the Power”
Bruce Springsteen – “Clampdown” (Live in Sunrise, FL 2014)
Bruce Springsteen – “Badlands” (Live in Tempe, AZ, 1980)
Philip Levine’s “What Work Is” (Gedicht)
Rage Against the Machine – “The Ghost of Tom Joad”
Donna Summer – “She Works Hard for the Money”
Valerie June – “Workin’ Woman Blues”
Patti Smith – “Piss Factory”
John Mellencamp – “Pink Houses”
Peter Gabriel – “Don’t Give Up”
Bob Seger – “Like a Rock”
Instrumental: Ola Gjello – “Crystal Sky”
Walt Whitman “I Hear America Singing” (Gedicht)


16. September 2020

Bruce Springsteen begann die zwölfte Ausgabe seiner beliebten Radioshow auf Sirius XM E Street Radio mit dem Beach Boys Song “Caroline, No”. Die Komposition stammt aus Brian Wilson und Tony Ashers Feder und wurde im März 1966 als Single veröffentlicht.

Break my heart
I want to go and cry
It’s so sad to watch a sweet thing die
Oh, Caroline why

Could I ever find in you again
The things that made me love you so much then
Could we ever bring ’em back once they have gone
Oh, Caroline no

Die aktuelle Ausgabe des Radioformats “From My Home to Yours” stand unter dem Motto “Summer’s End” und Bruce Springsteen gab zu Protokoll, dass er den Sommer über alles liebt und ihn der Abschied von der heissen Jahreszeit schmerzt.

“E Street Nation, fans, friends, back-to-schoolers, and listeners from coast to coast: welcome to our end-of-summer spectacular! It is always a bittersweet time of year, but it is my favorite season: September and October, locals’ summer. Our Shore summer guests have headed home, and the beaches, boardwalks, and sea are ours. A blissful six weeks of summer weather. Dry air, west winds, good waves, and warm fires await”.

Während der sechzigminütigen Sendung rezitierte Bruce Springsteen aus dem Stanley Kunitz Gedicht “End Of Summer” und stellte klar, dass das Sommerende widersprüchliche Gefühle weckt: “Es ist das Ende von etwas Wunderbarem und der Beginn von etwas Neuem”.

“The end of summer stirs so many conflicting feelings. It’s the season whose end is most pronounced. It is truly the end of something wonderful and the beginning of something new. Fall, with its fair days, dry winds, and unknown-ness.”

Bruce Springsteen legte mit “Summer’s Almost Gone” einen seiner Doors Lieblingslieder auf, spielte “Summer’s Love” der Chantels sowie “Green Fields of Summer” von Peter Wolf und erzählte, wie es ist, nach einem langen Tag in der Küstenstadt Manasquan, NJ nach Hause zu kommen.

“Man, all I remember was coming home from the beach to my folks’ with sand everywhere. Sand in my pants, sand all over the car, sand in all your toys, sand in your ears, sand in your hair! This is the Drifters with “I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes,” which was an answer record by the way, to “Under the Boardwalk,” which was an answer record to “Up on the Roof” — a perfect summer triplicate”.

Darüber hinaus erinnerte er sich an eine Motorradtour im Jahre 1990 zurück und berichtete, wie man sich in der Mojave Wüste fühlt.

“In 1990, just after my 40th birthday, at the end of summer, my friends and I would motorcycle across the Mojave. I always found something endlessly reassuring and comforting in all the nothingness of the desert. My mind at ease, we’d ride for days on state roads, with nothing but Four Corner desert towns at 100-mile intervals to break our hejira — our travels”.

“With eternity laid out before you, you ride under a sun so blistering you had to cover every inch of exposed skin. With long-sleeve blue-jean shirts, full jeans, gloves, wet bandanas covering our faces, we’d ride til dark and then bunk in roadside motels. Sitting outside of our rooms, nursing beers, rehashing the day’s ride, listening to some music. Just there, in the company of smoldering heat and a few other travelers, with their own reasons for being on these deserted back roads”.

“The next morning, you’d watch Air Force jets heading for desert test ranges, leaving six-string vapor trails across the September Mojave sky. We’d bungee our backpacks to our bikes, soak our bandanas in the sink, tie one around your neck, the other around your nose and mouth, fire up some thunder, and ready to go ride straight into the featureless sky”.

Immer wieder griff Bruce Springsteen das Thema Sommerende auf und verwies auf die Schüler, die nun wieder in die Bildungsanstalten zurück kehren müssen.

“The end of summer always felt like a small death. Back to school, locked behind a desk, as the streets were still warm and basking in the freedom of the September summer sun. But come Labor Day, it was as if folks just flipped a switch and seemed determined to deny the late-summer paradise of empty beaches and perfect days, thriving at their most beautifully seductive outside the windows of their offices, factories, and schools”.

“That was something I was never able to do. And these were the days when that loss ached at me: unfinished summer business, lost love affairs, unrequited summer crushes, girls still waiting on quiet corners for summer boyfriends. All this hovered over me like the pungent scent of suntan oil on the tanned, unfamiliar skin of all of those out-of-state girls — who’ve now returned to school, and Mom and Pop, and chilly days and nights, and who have put you away with all the other townies, in a box labeled, SUMMER”

Zum Abschluss der Show kam Bruce Springsteen auf den am 7. April 2020 verstorbenen Countrysänger und Liedermacher John Prine zu sprechen und zitierte eine Textzeile aus einem seiner letzten Songs:

Summer’s end’s around the bend just flying
The swimming suits are on the line just drying…
Just like that ol’ house we thought was haunted
Summer’s end came faster than we wanted
(John Prine – The Tree of Forgiveness)

Bruce Springsteen bezeichnete John Prine als “nationalen Schatz” und nannte Van Morrison “Maestro”. “… but it’s Brian Wilson who’s really the patron saint of this episode” fuhr Springsteen fort und beendete die Sendung mit den beiden Beach Boys Songs “Think About the Days” und “Summers Gone”.

“By four on the beach, the weekend after Labor Day, there is a thin, drifting coolness in the air. The sun will soon be marking its late-summer season descent over the peaked beach cottages at Manasquan. My sister Ginny and I are wrapped, fully burka-like, in beach towels, changing from our bathing suits into our pajamas for one last feature at the drive-in before the beginning of school and the end of all that is good. My mother is nearby, standing guard as we reach out and hand her sand-filled swimsuits that, as we are growing now, we may never see again”.

“We grab hot dogs and ice cream for dinner at Carlson’s Corner. We watch burly men pull in striped bass and fluke off the Manasquan jetty. And we chase each other around the pavilion where today the ghost of my beautiful grandmother sits, enjoying the late-summer ocean breeze. And then, we’re all packed in the car heading off to the Shore drive-in”.

“By dusk, Ginny and I are ‘neath the arc of the huge screen and the playground below with a dozen or more other kids, holding on to the roundabout until we come uncorked, spinning off in a dizzy trance”.

“Then dusk, and here come the cartoons — classic Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny — and it’s a run back to the car as we hear my dad leaning on the car horn, egging on the main feature. The screen clock starts ticking down, ten minutes for snacks and bathrooms before the show starts, and it’s on”.

“Tonight, we’ll see just one film — something my parents wanted to see called Blonde in a White Convertible — that has my mother telling us, “Don’t look! Don’t look!” for certain adult scenes. And then it’s an early ride home”.

“About halfway back, on a pitch-black Route 33 — slightly past the recently defunct Cowboy City theme park, where at one time you could see a cheeseball shoot-out on Main Street, any weekend afternoon — a young buck comes bolting out of the wooded Earle Naval Ammunition depot on the right side of the highway and leaps over the hood of the car, its body filling the entire windshield, its left eye shining with blood, animal spirits, and fear. And we are only measurable inches away from eternity. Before he miraculously disappears into the woods, a late-summer spirit on the far side of the highway”.

“The car is in an uproar. We have crossed paths with wild, feral magic. Summer is over. So until we meet again, stay strong, stay smart, stay healthy, stay safe, stay summer… and I’ll see you on the beach”.


The Beach Boys – “Caroline No”
The Doors – “Summer’s Almost Gone”
The Chantels – “Summer’s Love”
Stanley Kunitz’s “End of Summer” (Gedicht)
Peter Wolf und Neko Case – “The Green Fields of Summer”
Afghan Whigs – “Summer’s Kiss”
The Motels – “Suddenly Last Summer”
The Drifters – “I’ve Got Sand in My Shoes”
Beck – “Phase + Turn Away”
Iain Archer – “Summer Jets”
R.E.M. – “Summer Turns to High”
Beck – “Morning”
John Prine – “Summer’s End”
Michael Andrews – “A Long Summer Since Passed”
Van Morrison – “These Are the Days”
The Beach Boys – “Think About the Days”
The Beach Boys – “Summer’s Gone”
Frank Sinatra – “Summer Wind”