My 63rd Favorite Song of All-Time

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My 63rd favorite song of all-time is:

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

It took me a long time to realize that Bruce was totally amazing.  For many years—up until very recently—I just dismissed his stuff without really taking a look at it.  I don’t know why.  Some of the people whose taste I really trust, as well as some of my favorite artists, have been singing his praises since I can remember.  But it wasn’t until the first time I visited the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in late 2010 (when they had a large exhibit dedicated to Springsteen) that my ears finally perked up.

At first blush, “Born to Run” can seem a little oversized.  Maybe a little melodramatic, a little too aware of itself.  But it’s not.  It’s just that something so genuinely epic, heartfelt, and true is so rare, one hardly knows how to approach it when it comes along.

“Born to Run” is an encapsulation of life for anyone, regardless of where you’re from, what your background is.  And as the music swells to match Bruce’s poetry-quality lyrics, the rare phenomenon of perfect artistic confluence occurs.


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