Superbowl Day

As most of you know, I’m not much of a football fan, and to be quite honest, I don’t even like “watching it for the commercials”. Is that last-century advertising/selling model dead yet? I think it could be, but it sure seems to have a few last gasps left in it… maybe a post for another time.

Anyway, I just went back and watched the half-time show since I like Springsteen but didn’t see the game except for the last few minutes since it just happened to be on at J&R’s house. Not the best show Bruce and the E Street Band have ever done, but I always like watching them because even through this particular over-hyped presentation you can get a feel for how much they love playing this music, and there’s something to appreciate there.

“Is there anybody alive out there?” – such a good question, on so many levels… for this particular audience, for our culture, for us personally. Or am I reading too much in? Maybe Bruce was just pumping up the crowd, eh? :-)

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4 Responses to Superbowl Day

  1. Dan says:

    Funny, we were watching it saying, “How likes this guy anyways?”. I also don’t think it was “overhyped”, I didn’t even know he was performing till the start of the game.

  2. JB says:

    I still like him.

    “Hyped” may have been the wrong word; I wasn’t really talking about any buzz leading up to the game; I was referring more the parts of the performance itself that were more theatrical or designed to play to the cameras or crowd. That isn’t something I’m too interested in, and I haven’t seen him do it much before.

  3. nstryker says:

    i’ve never loved the boss, but he’s the boss and i enjoy him being the boss. i was surprised by how many people actually don’t like stringsteen. i mean, his polarizing messages are between the lines; his music is pretty non-threatening, but isn’t overly sacrin or bubblegum; and he’s been a while, so he’s not new-fangled or anything. what’s not to like?

  4. JB says:

    I’m not sure. I guess part of it may just be that it’s not people’s style, but I’m thinking that for some people it might just be that he’s been so successful over a long period of time, and very popular for at least a small part of that career, he’s therefore just too “mainstream” and so it isn’t cool to like him.

    Conversely, I think I originally liked him just because I listened to him a lot when I was a kid. Then I didn’t listen for a long time, and then later (when I was more “discriminating”) I found that I really liked some of his songs for various reasons.

    I think there’s also the aspect I mentioned above that comes through in a lot of his live performances (not so much this one) that he and the people he plays with are honestly having a good time, not just delivering a performance for a paycheck. You kind of get the feeling that they are actually friends who’d enjoy doing it even if they weren’t getting paid (whether that’s actually true or not), and there’s something about that that makes it fun to watch/listen to somehow, for me anyway.

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