Shinjak’s Listening Lounge

Directions

September 8th, 2007

As a lifelong music fan, music is a powerful influence in my life. And I assume, because you are on the internet looking for music, that it is a powerful influence on your life also. Once in a while, there comes along a song that is so powerful, so deep, so downright different from what you are used to, that it can actually change who you are and the way you look at the world. Whether it is for an hour, a day, or a lifetime, this music touches you on a different level.

That is what Directions is all about.

Directions will be a new regular feature here at the Listening Lounge showcasing music that has touched me on that deeper level in an effort to let you know where I’m coming from on a musical level. It will also feature songs and artists that have changed my views of certain artists or even entire genres.

The first song for this new feature actually is what inspired me to do this new feature. I wouldn’t consider myself a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan. I have been aware of him and his rock ‘n roll side since Born in the USA hit it big more than twenty years ago. But I wasn’t really aware of the deeper side of Bruce until a few years ago when I received a live show in a trade. The entire shows is truly a fun ride and is worth hunting down. It took me a few listens to fully grasp the depth of this song. It talked about several deep, dark, and uncomfortable issues. These range from war, to religion, to life and death and total indifference about all of the above. I listened to this song constantly for over a month to the point of depression. “But it’s just a song!” you may say. True, but it also gave me Directions.

Bruce Springsteen – London, England – November 24, 1975

Bruce Springsteen – Lost In The Flood (Live)

The complete 11/24/75 show can be found here as part one & part two

The show from 11/18/75 at the same venue is available over at Amazon and otherwise known as Hammersmith Odeon London ’75.

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