Schooled by Springsteen: 3 Things You Can Learn About Life from The Boss

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First things first: I was never a fan of Bruce Springsteen Until recently. It took me some 30 years — totally aging myself (gracefully) right now — since his Born in the U.S.A. first took the country by storm and I first saw his “Dancing in the Dark” video on MTV that just seemed to play over and over again to my dismay, before I finally got him, The Boss. Through my teen years into my twenties and on, I was too wrapped up in New Wave, then Industrial, anything and everything 4AD then Indie Rock and so forth, to get into the American rock that Springsteen produced. It wasn’t until I lived in Montreal and found his songs on so many of my friends’ playlists there (Springsteen along with Montreal-based Arcade Fire, who are very much influenced by Springsteen’s music) that slowly but surely he got under my skin. I was missing out. (And he’s quite the hunk, too, isn’t he?) And beyond his music, there’s much to appreciate and learn from. So here’s my list in honor of this great musician and inspiring individual:

SCHOOLED BY SPRINGSTEEN 3 Things You Can Learn About Life from The Boss

1. “Wear pants that fit.” Seriously, I don’t know of any other male public figure’s butt that was as popular then or now than his. Can you? But what I mean by this lesson is don’t put yourself in situations that make you uncomfortable or don’t try to do things that compromise who you are. Springsteen, from what I’ve read, has always remained true to who he is, and what he believes in. I dig that.


2. You can rock at any age. Now let me take this a step further. Whether you’re a teenager or in your sixties, whether a musician or mother, I think Springsteen would say that you can rock at whatever you do. P.S. I’m officially obsessed with “Girls in Their Summer Clothes,” and I appreciate that his video features girls and women of all ages on the beach without being sleazy about it.
3. Be persistent. It wasn’t until The Boss’s third album that his popularity soared. Don’t give up on your dreams or what you believe in.


What did  Bruce Springsteen teach you about life?

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  • “don t waste your time waiting” from “Badlands”

    Taisuke Ebinuma on
  • Be passionate for others and express what you feel

    carolyn on
  • Accept Saints & sinners.

    Dan Michel on
  • In 1993, I was just 15, my father had died just one year ago. I had no interest about anything, the school was just the place you had to go to leave the time slip away. One day one of my 8 brothers asked me if I wanted to go to a concert. That day changed my life, I learnt what was passion, I had a reason to learn to speak in English,I needed to understand the lyrics that that man sang. 20 years after that milestone in my life, I’ve had more luck in my life and now it’s me who takes my old brother to Bruce’s concerts. I’m willing to do the same with my 5 year old boy.

    Brais Pazo on
  • “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive” Which I have always taken to mean enjoy your life to the fullest. Life is way too short so you need to make the most of it.

    Tracy Yeoman on

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