Happy November

Last November, I did a series of Gratitude Posts as part of the National Podcast Month, the challenge was to post a new episode for every day of November. Since I just posted 25 episodes in September, I decided to pass on that challenge this year. Not that I’m not grateful, I am, just not ready to do another round of multiple episodes per week.

That said, I start off November with 5 episodes this week. On Monday, we have Alice Ashcroft returning to the show to promote her new single. Alice is an amazing musician and I hope you check out her music. Tuesday, Terry Smith and I do a triple episode, we discuss Letter to you as well as the latest two archival shows from Bruce. Wednesday, Maureen Van Zandt returns to the show and talks about her thoughts on Letter to You, as well as some stories from early in the career of Bruce and Steven. We also talk a little politics so be warned. Thursday is an interview with filmmaker Crystal Vasquez. She has released a documentary about Mike Rhyner a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. If you are a fan of Sports Radio or in just seeing the behind the scenes in radio, please check out her film and/or listen to the podcast. Finally on Friday, Gabriel Bergmoser joins me from Australia to talk about his thoughts on Letter to You, the film and the album.

I have other episodes in the can, so look for more fan interviews in the next few weeks and a few more return guests doing Songs of Your Life Episodes. Hope you enjoy them!

Jason “the clapper” Garrett Returns

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 16: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after a play in the game against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 16, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Today Carrot top returns to the Deathstar. I always wanted Jason Garrett to have success here in Dallas not only because he seems like a very good dude but he is also a massive Springsteen fan. Here is hoping that his Giants do not find their offensive mojo today and somehow the worst Defense in the league (looking at you Dallas Cowboys) find a way to stop them and the Cowboys can start to turn this season around. But knowing this team’s track record……

Anyway, anytime the Cowboys play New York or Philly, I get several of my Springsteen brothers, sisters, and siblings from the area cheering for their teams. We do it with love in our hearts and Springsteen music binding us. Love all my Giant and Eagle fans but hope that when they play my Cowboys, your day is a disappointment (but this season, I’m not so sure)

Losing Music Icons

It’s been rough few weeks for losing musicians, in fact it’s been a rough year. Over the past few weeks, we’ve lost Mac Davis, Helen Reddy and Eddie Van Halen. What a diverse group of musicians.

Helen Reddy was on the radio all the time when I was in High School. Here top 40 hits included Delta Dawn, Angie Baby, You and Me against the world and of course the iconic I am Woman. In a little bit of symmetry, her first release was I Believe in Music, written by Mac Davis. I had not thought of her in a long time but when her passing was announced, I went back and listened to many of her songs and felt a sense of happiness for the music and a sense of loss on her passing.

Mac Davis was a prolific song writer writing some of Elvis latter day hits including In the Ghetto, Don’t Cry Daddy, A little less Conversation and my favorite Memories. I loved his Variety show and he was great in one of the best Football movies of all time, North Dallas Forty. I’ve always admired his music and appreciated his songwriting.

Eddie Van Halen is a rock icon. When you think of guitar wizards of the modern rock era, he is on the list if not at the top of the list. It didn’t matter if you were a casual fan or a major follower of the group, Van Halen was a significant part of Rock and Roll history. He also got to marry one of my teenage crushes Valerie Bertinelli. As long as young musicians work on guitar solos, he will be remembered.

2020 is a year we have lost so many musical heroes. We can only try to treasure the heroes we still have and continue to remember those we’ve lost.

Set Lusting Bruce Anniversary wrap up

It looks like today is International Podcast Day. A nice way to finish up the month of shows that I’ve done to celebrate 5 years of Set Lusting Bruce: A Bruce Springsteen Podcast. Over the past 30 days, I’ve released over 20 episodes featuring guests such as Maureen Van Zandt, Matt McGee, Kyle Pucciarello, Rob Carmack, Mark Hornok, Ken Rosen, Arlen Schumer, Sotero Lopez, Bob Bland, Gary Grant and Liz Bronson. We’ve talked new Springsteen music, his Seeger Session archive release, his best 5th tracks on each studio album and the Bands of our Lives plus the Songs of our lives. Thank you to all my listeners and guests. As we move to October, we get new Springsteen music and in November a Presidential election. It’s going to be a wild Autumn. Be good to each other, wash your hands, wear a mask and keep the faith, there is magic in the night. https://lnkd.in/e5QAf5V #podcast #springsteen #internationalpodcastday

Anniversary Month coming to a close

September is almost over. Over the past few weeks, I’ve shared dozens of episodes. Who knew the way to set a new record on the number of down loads is to put our an episode a day? When the month ends, we will probably end up with over 10,000 downloads for the month, which is amazing. Thank you for listening.

October should another fun month. The plan is to have Maureen join me a 2nd time to talk and this time to talk more about the band. I have conversations recorded with Dave Procter, Ruth Badley, Daniel Brodrick, Alex Parry and Ande Parks to name just a few.

If you have specific things you want me to discuss or people you want to have on the podcast, please let me know. For now, I hope your fall is a great one.

The “night” songs aren’t the right “songs” mostly

On a recent podcast, Arlen Schumer mentioned the Prove it All Night 1978 version with the very long guitar solo introduction.  He spoke of it with reverence and awe, expressing regret that Bruce doesn’t ever play that version of the song anymore.   I resisted sharing with him that I am not a fan of that intro.  In fact, I’m not a fan of that song.  (I didn’t want to get lectured by him that I had poor taste).

Overall I’m not a fan of most of the songs in Bruce’s catalog that have the word “night” in them.  I know that is considered strange to share (not as strange as me sharing I’m not a fan of Jungleland) but still strange.  

I don’t care for Night.  I’ve heard it live 3 times and none of them made an impression on me.   

I know people love Because the Night especially when Nils does the long guitar solo.  It’s cool that he twirls around but overall guitar solos don’t do much for me.

Something in the Night and Spirt in the Night are songs that leave me cold.  Nothing in those songs moves me or inspires me.

The two “night” songs that are the exception are “Drive All Night” and “Open all Night.”

Both of these songs make me feel and bring me joy.   Drive all Night reminds me pain I feel when I missing my lovely bride when she or I are traveling apart.   

Open all Night especially done by the Seeger Session Band helps you to move, to tap your feet and shake you booty!  

So any song in Springsteen’s collection that you find “meh?”   Comment below or send me an email to Setlustingbruce@gmail.com

Dallas Cowboys

I did not grow up a sports fan. It just wasn’t something that my Mom or Dad cared about. Moving around a great deal as a child (my day was in the Army) I never connected to any sports franchise. When my Dad retired and my parents divorced, we settled down in Louisiana which was Saints and LSU country.

I had a roommate in College that loved the Saints and I would watch a few games with him. I didn’t care one way or another. My wife was a casual fan of the Houston Oilers but neither one of us were passionate.

In 1986, we moved to Dallas and everything changed. I found myself in a city that lives and dies by the performance of the Cowboys on Sundays. I slowly got hooked, listening to sports talk radio and becoming a fan of Tom Landry and the boys.

In 1989, Chris was born and he grew up watching the games with me every Sunday. He was too young to enjoy the Aikman, Smith & Irvin (the triplets) Super-Bowl run. Every Sunday we were together watching the games, we want though a lot of bad football. We watched the brilliance and the wildness of Tony Romo. We rooted for Jason Garrett to succeed as the coach, not only because he was a former Cowboy player but he is also a major Springsteen fan.

Romo and Garrett are gone. We now have Dak, Zeke and other great players. We have a new coach (from the Green Bay Packers?) Mike McCarthy. Jerry Jones is still our owner and he frustrates the heck out of me but I do know he wants to win.

Tonight the season starts off with a game in Los Angeles. No one will be in the stands. Chris is in his own apartment and since it’s a school night, we will be watching together via text and call phone calls. I don’t know what the season has in store for us but I’m ready for the journey.

I tend to be an optimist so I’m going to predict that under this new coach, the boys will find a little magic in the night and go 11-5 and make it to the NFC Championship game. From there, who knows. Of course knowing the team they way I do, I wouldn’t be shocked if they go 5 – 11 and get the 1st pick in next year’s draft.

We are all siblings in Springsteen so if you love the Eagles, the Giants, the Bears, the Steelers, Chargers, Seahawks, etc. I wish you and your team the best of luck (unless you are playing the Cowboys). Love to all and let’s have a safe and successful season.

Five Year SLB Survey

I sent out a poll to my listeners asking a few questions.  Here are the results.

Who is your favorite guest?   

The top 3 choices were Other, Dan French and Donna with Bruce Funds.  Everyone else listed got multiple votes.  It is clear that all my guests are loved.

My favorite type of episode is

Fan interviews                                     40%

Ranking songs/album discussions   30%

Writer Interviews                               12.5%

Musicians interviews                         10.0%

Other Podcast Crossovers                 7.5%

Not surprising that the fan interviews which is the main focus on the show leads this poll.  Nice to see that me talking to writers & musicians get some love.   It also looks like people like when we rank things.

I like getting a new episode:

Once a week                                      82.5%

Twice a week                                     17.5%

Looks like I’ve been busting it to get two episodes out a week when I should slow down and just do one.  Starting in October, I’m going to see how that works.

I like the podcast because….  (This was an open field where anyone could write anything & here are the comments. 

it is like hanging with old friends.

Chance to share/compare thoughts with other fans from allover the world

Finding out more about Bruce fans their stories and also other music that they like that connects to Bruce

Hearing other people excited about Bruce and how Bruce has inspired the work of so many different kinds of creators.

I learn something about an artist I don’t know a lot about.

I like everything Bruce-related

I like to hear from Bruce’s fans and fellow musicians who understand his work.

I love Bruce and I love hearing from people that love him.

I love my brother

I need HSOs on ‘Dancing in the Dark’ and ‘Santa Clause is Coming To Town’ (Obviously)…

I’m a Springsteen fan

It brings different perspectives on fandom and the topics and guests are varied.

It feels like I’m in a conversation about interesting things with people I enjoy.

It’s interesting to hear different perspectives about the same musician.

It’s about Bruce Springsteen

It’s Bruce! And I like listening to others who are part of our tribe.

It’s Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!

It’s fun to listen and disagree and think about bruce with different perspective

It’s great to hear each fans unique story. Ken Rosen has been a favorite guest of mine (that’s why I checked “Other” on question #1.

It’s great to hear real people stories

Jesse is skilled at drawing out interesting conversation with Bruce fans, conducts it in a friendly manner and has a winning interview formula.

Jesse is so personable and friendly…easy to talk to and a true fan!

Jesse is such a nice guy, he makes all feel welcome.

Jesse rocks!

Jessie is so easy to talk to and really gets you excited about all things Bruce! I LOVED doing the show.

Listening to people discuss things they are passionate about is a great way to expand one’s own horizons.

of interesting info.

Sharing Bruce memories, feeling part of the larger Bruce community

The Boss Rules!

the passion, humanity and heart of Bruuuce!

There’s always something interesting. I like the chattiness of it.

There’s an authenticity to the discussion, a realness that shines through on the podcast. Bruce has many rabid fans, and the podcast highlights how much The Boss has an effect on people. very relatable.

You are very sweet and inclusive of all Bruce Fandom, even people who haven’t been lucky enough to see a show. I like hearing how different fans were turned on to Springsteen and what he means to them. One piece of constructive feedback…sometimes in your (delightful) enthusiasm, you inadvertently speak over your guests and then the conversation changes course and the original thread of what the guest was saying is lost.

You can get more info. & insight as to why different people love Bruce & the ESB!

You, Jesse. You’re amazing.

Thanks to everyone that provided feedback.  I appreciate each of you and all my listeners.  If you have thoughts about the podcast, please send me an email at Setlustingbruce@gmail.com

9/11 Thoughts

Like many of us, 9/11 is a tough day for my family. In our case not only is this the anniversary of such a horrible day in our history but it is the day I lost my Dad. My father passed away on 9/11/11. To remember him, I always listen to some Johnny Cash and to remember everyone who lost their lives when the towers fell and the planes crashed, I listen to The Rising.

To everyone who is mourning, peace be with you and may your faith gives us faith, my your strength give us strength and may your love brings us love.