I don’t like Bruce Springsteen‘s music but… I keep reading about him. Why?
There’s a lack of strange chords in this music, and I feel like in front of Bob Dylan : I’m interested in the person, the choices, the doubts, the lyrics. But the music bores me!
Therefore it’s like tango, and I keep coming back to reading biographies and interviews, documentaries, making of, about both musicians, etc.
- In the last Scorcese documentary, I saw Bob Dylan jamming with Joni Mitchell, who was showing him the… strange chords she was using in her new songs. He was watching her hands, smiling like “heyyyy”…
- In the making of Darkness, I heard musicians talking, I saw Springsteen working, and I realized he COULD be a much more “sophisticated” musician, but that he declines it, he turns down it.
Their books are really great. I see clever humans trying to live. I see what they… found, and that the core is, for them, lyrics. The way they just want to tell a story, or to impersonate someone for a song.
I keep being fascinated by this : their music is only a vehicle for their words.
So I keep exploring, watching concerts (with subtitled lyrics!), buying books with “each song explained”. I want to understand something. And I learn a lot about the USA, too.
This shows that I need to explore territories that I “feel” interesting and that I dislike in the first place. Much more pleasure could go with Pink Floyd or Genesis or King Crimson!
I could go the the beach to find shells, but today I prefer to go to the sand dunes to find what I don’t know at all. A wind, a snake, a deer, a butterfly?
Thanks for reading!