Top Ten Episodes (based on downloads)

We are almost at the end of the month and this month we are up just a little bit compared to last month. Usually the summer has fewer downloads than normal. Overall the podcast is doing well, what I find interesting is the number of downloads that past episodes get each month. My thought is that people find the podcast and then try to review older episodes.Here is my top 10 episodes based on downloads.

Episode Name Date Released Downloads

Episode 161 Peter: Human Touch Lucky Town 5/6/2018 1249

Letter to You – Initial thoughts 9/12/2020 828

Matt McGee SLB 6/27/2020 618

Mark Hornok 9/12/2020 604

Western Stars 6/18/2019 601

Skattershooting: E Street Band fandom 1/9/2019 585

Bruce Springsteen 70th Birthday Celebration 9/22/2019 572

David Porter 8/8/2018 563

Episode 159 Rob Magic 4/24/2018 551

Top 5 Opening Tracks 1/15/2019 530

The Latest Reviews for the Podcast

So fun⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐Jesse does a great job. He makes people comfortable and gets them talking. I love his enthusiasm for Bruce. I had a great time doing the show and listening. markhornok via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/21

Love this podcast⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐It’s so great to feel… connected. Especially in these times we’ve all just gone through. Jesse’s project helps all of us who are Bruce fans feel that way. Every song, every album, every concert provides a memory and a story all it’s own. We all have our individual ones, it we can also relate…Rich Holl via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/12/21

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Levi Petree a song for me? 

Here is the story of this video straight from the originator Ian Braisby…

Hi Jesse

I hope you are doing OK on your recovery journey. Keep thinking about
you and sending positive thoughts your way.

So in his last Music Talks episode, Terry played Better Days and
dedicated it to you, which I thought was really moving.  I got to
thinking about the Bruce songs that help inspire us through hard times
and was especially thinking about No Surrender. The idea came to me
while making breakfast one day last week for an alternative final verse
especially for your current struggle. I got the words down OK, but
really thought you have enough to deal with at the moment without being
subjected to my playing and singing. So I contacted Terry and asked him
whether one of his more musically inclined guests might be prepared to
do something. He reached out to Levi and he went above and beyond.

So this is from us to you – the first part of the lyrics are what I
wrote for you, the second part is Levi’s, the performance all his and
the whole thing was facilitated by the John Landau of Edinburgh, Mr
Terry Smith.

I hope it will help you give you strength on the dark days.


Side Effects of Surgery

Overall things are going OK. I’m tired of just drinking protein shakes and I really miss solid food. But the biggest issue I’m having right now is insomnia. Normally, I have no problems going to sleep at night but over the past few days, I’m really struggling to go to sleep.

I just lay in the bed and sleep won’t come. My Doctor gave me a prescription for Ambien but that isn’t helping. It’s 11:50pm on Wednesday night and I’m sitting at the computer not being able to go to sleep.

Hopefully this is just a phase I’m going through and soon I’ll get back to my normal pattern but for now, I’ll just try to power through this time period.

A week later…

I’ve been on the pre-op diet for about 10 days now. I miss starches! I have found a new treat, take a cup of decaf coffee, a Premier Protein Shake and milk them over ice. It gives you a very nice way to start the morning.

I also have enjoyed red wine vinegar on my cup of mixed vegetables or salad. I also love sugar-free popsicles as my night time treat as watching TV.

I’m down about 7 pounds. Now the challenge is what to eat on Saturday while watching the first Maverick playoff game. I’m thinking a grilled chicken fajita salad with no cheese and no chips.

I’ll keep you posted!

Recovery Goals

After my surgery I will be off work four to six weeks.  I have several goals about exercise (I will need to walk starting almost immediately after the surgery and work my way up to 30 to 60 minutes a day), Food (for the first 21 days I’m on liquids only, for the next 60 days I will be on soft food only), weight – my target weight loss in the first 90 days is 45 pounds.   All those goals our health focused,

I decided to add a few mental health goals as well. I’m going to re-watch a few of my favorite TV shows including Firefly and Sports Night.  I’m hoping to interview Lynette Corolla and Brian Koppleman for the podcast (both have responded via email that they are opened we just haven’t locked down dates).  I’d like to use my network to get a couple other “celebrities” on a podcast as well.

Any thoughts on other things I should do during this month of recovery?

So it begins..

For the next 14 days, I’ll be preparing for my surgery. Shocking my liver will cause it to shrink, which will make it easier for my surgeon to go in and take out the mass that is in my stomach. It is also the first day in my latest life journey. In this chapter of my life, I’ll be fighting cancer and working on hitting my weight loss goals. In that spirit, I’ll be posting my thoughts and progress here on the site. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll figure out a way to include some Bruce in the posts as well. Day one – 341 pounds. Here is the diet –

Breakfast –

1/2 cup cooked oatmeal/grits/oatmeal package
1 container of yogurt/1 oz 2% cheese/1/2 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup fresh fruit/1 cup of fruit

Lunch and Dinner

1/2 cup oz 3oz of turkey/fish/chicken
1 cup of Vegetable
1 container of sugar-free gelatin/pudding

Up to 3 protein shakes a day

I’ll keep you posted!

my “before” photo

Exercise Goals

In my last appointment the dietitian asked me for my exercise goals post surgery. The thought is that I am going to lose a lot of weight over the next year post surgery possibly even 100 pounds. She wanted to know if I had any goals. I looked over at Linda and said if you’re asking me in front of my lovely bride my number one goal is to be able to go on a nature walk with her. Maybe ride horses or go camping, without the weight I should not get as winded and will enjoy walking more.

I then looked at the dietitian and said if Linda isn’t here, my goal Is to attend a Springsteen concert in the pit because I’ve never had the stamina to queue For the lottery and then stand for the hours before the show much less the three hours of the show. When Bruce tours again and I can be in the pit and be comfortable and not have my back ache and my legs feel horrible, that would be a good thing. Nature walk with Linda will be lovely, standing for a full Springsteen show in the bit, priceless.

Asking for help, sheepishly

A few people have reached out to see if there was a way to help me during my latest fight with cancer. Your love, prayers, and good thoughts are always appreciated. I know that a great deal of us have gone through some very tough financial times this past year. If you do have the ability to kick in a dollar or two to help out, I would appreciate it. It will be used for medical copayments as well as covering our monthly expenses while recovering from surgery.