satisfied with yesterday’s Valentine photo so I made another attempt this
morning. How did I do? Since I was little, I have loved Valentine’s Day. It’s a
day to remember your heart and love, which is what I think life’s all about. This
February, I wish you the warmth of pure love and the openness to receive that
love in whatever form it takes.
meditate, be blissful, then much love will happen of its own accord. Then being
with others is beautiful and being alone is also beautiful. Then it is simple,
too. You don’t depend on others and you don’t make others dependent on you.
Then it is always a friendship, a friendliness. It never becomes a
relationship, it is always a relatedness. —Osho
Springsteen fans are the best. Last night at the Air Canada Centre, a packed
audience remained almost continuously on their feet for a dopamine-inducing
performance. Hands waving in the air, fans sang and danced like I’ve never seen
before. Wherever I looked, there were smiling, happy faces. Springsteen evokes
a response from his audience similar to that of a Baptist preacher before his
congregation. The energy and spirit of his performances with the E Street band
are exhilarating and transformative.
Highlights The title
track “The River” was made memorable by smart phone flashlights that lit up the
ACC like stars. (The modern equivalent to lighters.) I have an aversion to cell
phones, but I don’t think anyone would deny that it was a beautiful phenomenon
to see all those lights shimmering along with the music.
surfing at the ACC.
live: The intro to this gorgeously arranged version was mesmerizing—the piano,
the cymbals. Bruce’s emotional delivery of the lyrics and the harmonies of the
band gave me the chills. There was a beautiful organ solo in the middle, too.
It may have been the best song of the evening.
Night”: The song that Bruce gave to Patti Smith. I read Smith’s memoir M Train
a couple of months ago so it was synchronistic to hear the song last night. It
was empowering to dance and sing along passionately with Bruce, the E Street
band, and all the ecstatic fans. “Because the night belongs to lovers / Because
the night belongs to us”!
My secret wish for this concert was to hear “Badlands.”
Check. Another special moment was when Bruce graciously danced with an octogenarian
fan to “Dancing in the Dark.”
Time is passing, which was made evident by Bruce’s weathered face up on the big
screen (as it is from my own middle-aged reflection in the mirror). This humble
reminder makes me deeply grateful for magical, music-filled nights such as
of The River was time, time entering your life and slipping away. And how once
you entered your adult life, your clock starts ticking, you have a limited time
to do your work, raise your family, and try and do something good.” —Bruce