SLB Stephen Maiullo

In today’s episode Jesse is joined by Stephen Maiullo.  They discuss Steve’s Springsteen journey, growing up in Boston, they break down several of Bruce’s songs and discuss our thoughts on what was going on with Bruce’s thoughts when writing Brilliant Disguise, Independence Day and other songs.

Steve can be reached via email at

Jesse’s Twitter – @JesseJacksonDFW

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What is the turnaround time on a podcast?

Even though the podcast may not sound like it always, there is a lot of work put into scheduling, recording, editing and publishing an episode. The first step is working with my guest on a convenient time for both of us to record. I try to only record one night a week to make sure that Linda (Mrs. Set Lusting Bruce) doesn’t worry about me getting overwhelmed. Currently I try to record on Monday nights but that can change depending on a guest’s schedule. If the guest is overseas, we almost always record on a weekend either my morning/their afternoon or vice versa.

When we have a recording time scheduled. We have a conversation normally over Skype. I have a Skype number that allows anyone in the USA to call me from any phone and I can make outbound calls to any phone. Overseas, we use our Skype accounts.

A normal conversation is about an hour. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. I try to use all the recording even if we go off topic, I think the conversation is normally interesting and so far no one has complained.

Once the recording is finished. It stays on my computer hard drive till the week or so before it is going to be published. I used to only have one or at the most two episode in the can waiting to be published. I’ve been lucky enough lately to have 4 or 5 episodes recorded waiting to be released. That is why it can be up to a month delay from when we record till it is published. I always worry that I will run out of people who want to talk to me and I’ll have a week where I have no new episode to release.

I do very little editing (as you can probably tell with all the “uhs” and “so” as well as “you knows.” To go through an hour podcast and clean up all the vocal tics could take 2 or more hours. I made the decision early in the life of the podcast that I would be “live to tape” as much as possible and rely on the kindness of my listeners. My guest and I usually talk before I count down to the start and often after we say good-bye, we continue talking. One of the levels of the Patreon page gets you an unedited episode at least once a month where you can hear the pre and post show conversation.

I then add the intro and outro music. I think pick one of my promo blurbs that different people have recorded for me to finish up the editing.

I save it as an mp3 and then upload it to the web service we use to distribute the podcast.

The current turnaround from recording to release is about 4 to 6 weeks.

Hope you enjoyed reading a little bit of the behind the scenes process of building the podcast.

SLB Bob Zimmerman

In today’s episode of the Podcast, Bob Zimmerman joins Jesse to share his Springsteen journey.  He shares his love of Nebraska and how it shaped his political thoughts. He also shares the story of attending the rehearsal for the reunion tour and how hearing Land of Hope and Dreams made the show for him. 

Bob’s Twitter @club_cadillac 

Jesse’s Twitter @jessejacksonDFW

70 for 70 Springsteen Birthday Project

The Set Lusting Bruce’s Birthday Project is coming along.  I have 16 voice mails.  I have another 5 emails that either I will read or find someone else to record for me.  That is 21 out of my goal of 70 different fans sharing their thoughts on Bruce and wishing him a Happy Birthday.  I have a few people who have said they still plan to reach out.  If you are wanting to do this, please call 469-249-2442 and leave a message.  Most people’s message is less than a minute.  They are just saying their name, where they are from a sentence or two about their love of Bruce’s music and the wish him a Happy Birthday.  I would like to have everything in by 9/6/19 to give me a couple of weeks to work on it.   IF you are interested in recording your own message, send it to me as a wav, mp3 or mp4 file and I can add it to the project.  My email address is   I would like this to be in your voice but if you are too shy to share, email me and I will either read it myself or find some other fans to read it for you.   Thank you in advance for your help.   Remember have a little faith, there is magic in the night.

Dan Cooper Part One

Jesse is joined by Dan Cooper and  they discuss passing along sports team loyalty to your children, finding Bruce and how Western Stars reminds him of Nebraska.  Please go check out the show’s new Web Site and our Patreon Page – 

Dan’s twitter – @DJGCoops

Jesse’s Twitter – @JesseJacksonDFW

It’s all about Fathers and Sons – Blinded by the Light

Tim, Rob, Jeff, Nancy, me, Ron, Scott at AMC Grapevine 30

Tonight I and several other local Springsteen fans met up at the AMC Grapevine Theater to watch the new Springsteen themed movie – Blinded by the Light. the move was based on the book, Greeting from Bury Park: A Memoir by Sarfraz Manzoor. The writer Sarfraz has been very active on social media working hard to promote the movie. If you are a Springsteen fan, I’m sure you have heard of the movie and you’ve been looking forward to seeing it. Here is a few quick thoughts.

I loved the movie. I don’t know if I wasn’t a Springsteen fan if I would love it as much as I do. The main character Javed played by Viveik Kalra becomes obsessed/passionate about Bruce’s music. He would be a perfect guest for Set Lusting Bruce. Springsteen’s music helps him to discover his own creative voice, find the courage to talk to his long time crush and to stand up for himself.

The relationship between Javed and his father, played by Kulvinder Ghir is at the core of the film (and in many ways at the core of Manzoor’s book). There are echos of Adam Raised a Cain (not in the film), My Father’s House (not in the film) and of course Independence Day (in the film). The lyrics of The Promised Land are used very effectively and help to move the story along. In fact the film uses Springsteen words often and they appear on screen to make a point.

I’m curious what a non-fan will think of the film. I think they will enjoy it. We all have something we are passionate about and something that helped us cope with the pain of family and growing up (at least I hope so). As a fan, I found the film moving and I was brought to tears multiple times. My son, Chris was sitting next to me and often he reached over and grabbed my hand. I will be going to see it again.

There is a scene (which is in the trailer) where Javed’s friends Roop gives him two Springsteen cassettes, one Born in the USA and the other Darkness on the Edge of Town. The next time Javed sees Roop, he quotes The River. The multiple Springsteen fans I watched it with afterwards, pointed that out and we all decided that Javed went out and purchased other Springsteen cassettes before he saw Roop again.

Several local Springsteen fans met me before the show and we got to share drinks and stories. We had a great time and we are planning a repeat performance in October when Western Stars is released, but more about that later.

I give the film 10 out of 10 Born To Run Dance Sequences.

Blinded by the Light DFW watching party – details!

The AMC Grapevine 30 will be showing Blinded by the Light on Friday. The show time we are going to attend is at 8:00pm. We are meeting for drinks in the bar at 6:30pm. So far confirmed attending is Jeff, Nancy, Tim, Chris, Rob, Caroline and me. The more the merrier. Looking forward to a night of movie magic and Springsteen music.