Saturday night 10/19, we went to see Western Stars. No only did Mrs. Set Lusting bruce (Linda) join me but her sister Mary & my brother in law Clayton. I was on the only Bruce fanatic in the group, the other 3 were going just to enjoy a night together. We went to Maggiano’s before hand and we lost track of time. We realized that we were going to make the movie but barely. In fact, we walked into the theater and Bruce was already singing Hitch Hiker.
The film is amazing. I love the Western Stars CD and to hear the songs done live with a full orchestra was a treat. The musicians were amazing, hearing a full string section on top of the horns and the rest of the instruments raised the bar on the songs. It was good to see some familiar faces as part of the group as well as all the new musicians. IF this had been straight concert film, it would have been great but I love that Bruce and Thom took it to another level. The segments between songs were insightful, informative, inspiring and touching. As I listened, I wished I had the script to read after the film. Bruce shares so much of himself as well as his thoughts on life. I had read that this is the 3rd part of a Springsteen triology. The book, the broadway show and now the film. I agree. Linda had listened to the CD on our way back from Atlanta and she liked it. But she shared with me during the film in a whisper how much she liked the songs more watching him perform them. By seeing Bruce and somewhat reading his lips she was able to understand much more about the stories of the songs not just the emotions. Clay and Mary both were impressed and loved watching him perform. Clayton is a big fan of Glen Campbell so having Bruce end the show with Rhinestone Cowboy gave him a thrill. He mentioned it was the perfect way to end the film and the set. Another comment Clay shared is that he agreed with Bruce that strings do increase the sound and makes it bigger. I don’t know if the movie converted them totally, but it at least moved them a little closer to the Springsteen camp.
I loved hearing all the songs. The footage between songs be it old home movies or fresh scenes of the dessert were beautiful. Clay, Mary and Linda love Big Bend TX and the film made them want to get in the car and head to south Texas. I ove the home movies of Patti and Bruce, the story of the bench and of course them singing together. The more we learn about their relationship, the more we know that she has been his good companion on this part of the ride. She had been his strength when needed and his soft place to fall.
The making of bonus segment was also enjoyable. It was good to see parts of the Q&A on the big screen. I enjoyed hearing the different creative people behind the scenes talking about the filming. The barn was amazing. I did tell Linda that it seems a little unfair that not only did the select few get to hear this live, but they also got their name in the credits. She asked if I wished I was in the crowd knowing what my answer would be, YES.
This is an amazing new chapter in Bruce’s journey and I’m so glad he shared this with us. But enough about my thoughts, what do you think? Send me your thoughts to Setlustingbruce@gmail.com or leave a voice mail at (469) 249-2442
In closing remember
“You walk on through the dark because that is where the next morning is “ Bruce Springsteen