Thursday, March 20, 2008

Radio Nowhere: THIS IS THE SH*T!

Holy CRAP! Check out the 23 second point on the far right...yep, that's correct...that's Mama Jones, me & WonderTwin Jen right against the stage in front of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. I'm crying...that I am sure of. I can't exactly pinpoint it but Radio Nowhere just makes me cry. I love this song and I need to stop apologizing for that...because, to me, it's a great fucking pop song. They're happy tears! This song just makes me jump and dance and of all the songs from Magic, this is the song I can listen to over and over again. My ears, my eyes, my heart, my feet just LOVE it!

Christ almighty this video RULES! I love the vantage point! I love that you can see Bruce's ass! I love that my family is all wrapped up in the joy!

Coming down from these experiences is never ever easy. It shouldn't be. They are seriously the best times of my life!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Image Survey

I rarely post surveys on my blog but this one was just too much fun. Also, I spent the better part of yesterday evening watching episodes of My So Called Life. I am consumed in my mind (and my lady business) with Jordan Catalano's illiteracy. If Jordan the Hottie can't read, I make pictures. I make pictures all night long, several times a night.

The rules are simple...

1. Type your answer into google image search.
2. Use an image on the first page for your answer.
3. Do Jordan Catalano to congratulate yourself for completing the survey.

1. What's your first name?


Really my first name is a nickname of my middle name, and I've gone by that my entire life...

2. What's your favorite food?

3. What school did you go to?

4. What is your favorite color?

5. Who is your celebrity crush?

The survey gods didn't demand I choose just one...

6. Who is your favorite Disney prince/princess?

7. What is your favorite drink?

8. What is your dream vacation?

...performing in...

9. What is your favorite dessert?

10. What do you want to be when you grow up?

11. What do you love most in life?

12. One word to describe you was the same word and the same page for both images...and it's perfect for me.

13. What do you dream about?

Totally Obsessed with Bruce Springsteen

In lieu of the fact that in less than two weeks, I will be back with Bruce Springsteen live and in person, I finally compiled a list of every place and every song I have ever seen Bruce perform live.

8/30/02 St. Louis, MO - Savvis Center - The Rising Tour
10/3/03 Flushing, NY - Shea Stadium - The Rising Tour
10/4/03 Flushing, NY - Shea Stadium - The Rising Tour
10/3/04 Detroit, MI - Cobo Arena - Vote for Change Tour
10/5/04 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - Vote For Change Tour
5/10/05 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - Devils and Dust Tour
5/11/05 Chicago, IL - Rosemont Theatre - Devils and Dust Tour
8/7/05 Milwaukee, WI - Bradley Center - Devils and Dust Tour
10/12/05 Minneapolis, MN - Northrom Auditorium - Devils and Dust Tour
10/13/05 Chicago, IL - United Center - Devils and Dust Tour
10/15/05 Madison, WI - Alliant Energy Center - Devils and Dust Tour
6/11/06 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - Seeger Sessions Tour
6/13/06 Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre - Seeger Sessions Tour
11/2/07 St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center - Magic Tour

The number next to the song indicates how many times I have seen it performed live (yep...I am a total dork.) Here we go...

A Good Man is Hard to Find 1
Across the Border 1
Ain't Got You 4
All Along the Watchtower 1 (with Neil Young)
All I'm Thinkin' About 3
All That Heaven Will Allow 2
American Land 1
Another Thin Line 2
Atlantic City 2
Back In Your Arms 3
Bad Day 2 (with REM)
Badlands 6
Because the Night 4 (twice with Michael Stipe)
Blinded By the Light 1
Blood Brothers 1
Bobby Jean 3
Book of Dreams 1
Born in the U.S.A. 4
Born to Run 6 (twice with Mike Mills and Peter Buck)
Brilliant Disguise 1
Bring Them Home 2
Buffalo Gals 2
Candy's Room 1
Centerfield 2 (both with John Fogerty)
Code of Silence 1
Countin' on a Miracle 1
Dancing in the Dark 5
Darkness on the Edge of Town 2
Deja Vu All Over Again 2 (both with John Fogerty)
Devils & Dust 6
Devils Arcade 1
Does this Bust Stop at 82nd Street? 1
Downbound Train 1
Dream Baby Dream 5
Empty Sky 5
Erie Canal 1
Eyes on the Prize 2
For You 1
Fortunate Son 2 (both with John Fogerty)
Frankie 1
Further On (Up the Road) 5
Girls in Their Summer Clothes 1
Glory Days 1
Growin' Up 3
Gypsy Biker 1
Highway 29 1
Highway 61 Revisited 1 (with Bob Dylan)
Highway Patrolman 1
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live? 2
I Wanna Marry You 1
I Wish I Were Blind 2
I'm on Fire 1
Idiot's Delight 3
If I Should Fall Behind 2
Incident on 57th Street 3 (solo twice, full band once...yep, it matters)
Into the Fire 4
Jacob's Ladder 2
Janey Don't Lose Your Heart 1
Jesse James 2
Jesus Was an Only Son 6
John Henry 2
Johnny 99 7
Land of Hope and Dreams 5
Last to Die 1
Leah 3
Light of Day 1
Livin' in the Future 1
Living Proof 1
Lonesome Day 7
Long Black Veil 2
Long Time Comin' 6
Long Walk Home 1
Lost in the Flood 1
Magic 1
Man on the Moon 2 (both with REM)
Maria's Bed 2
Mary's Place 5
Metamoros Banks 6
Mrs. McGrath 2
My Beautiful Reward 2
My Best Was Never Good Enough 2
My City of Ruins 3
My Father's House 1
My Oklahoma Home 2
Nebraska 3
New York City Serenade 1
Night 2
No Surrender 3
Nothing Man 2
O Mary Don't You Weep 2
Old Dan Tucker 2
One Step Up 1
Open All Night 3
Paradise 2
Part Man, Part Monkey 2
Pay Me My Money Down 2
People Have the Power 2 (both with Bright Eyes, REM, John Fogerty, Neil and Pegi Young, once with Dixie Chicks as well)
Pink Cadillac 1
Point Blank 1
Proud Mary 1 (with John Fogerty)
Prove It All Night 3
Quarter to Three 1
Racing in the Street 2
Radio Nowhere 1
Rag Mama Rag 1
Ramrod 2
Reason to Believe 5
Rendezvous 1
Reno 6
Rockin' in the Free World 1 (with REM, John Fogerty, Neil and Pegi Young)
Rosalita 2
Roulette 2
Seven Nights to Rock 2
She's the One 1
Shut Out the Light 1
Silver Palomino 2
Souls of the Departed 2 (once with Neil Young)
State Trooper 2
The Fuse 1
The Hitter 3
The Line 1
The New Timer 3
The Promised Land 10 (twice with John Fogerty)
The Rising 12
The River 3
The Star-Spangled Banner 2
The Ties That Bind 4
This Hard Land 1
Thunder Road 3
Tougher Than the Rest 1
Travelin' Band 1 (with John Fogerty)
Tunnel of Love 1
Twist and Shout 2
Two Hearts 1
Valentine's Day 1
Waitin' on a Sunny Day 3
We Shall Overcome 2
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding 2 (both with with Bright Eyes, REM, John Fogerty, Neil and Pegi Young)
When the Saints Go Marching In 2
When You're Alone 1
Wild Billy's Circus Story 1
Working on the Highway 1
Worlds Apart 1
Wreck on the Highway 1
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch) 2
You're Missing 2
Your Own Worst Enemy 1
Youngstown 2

I have seen Bruce 14 times in concert.
I have seen Bruce in 9 different cities.
I have seen Bruce sing 340 songs.
I have seen Bruce sing 148 different songs.
I have seen Bruce sing 33 covers.
I have seen Bruce play The Rising 12 times, which the song I have heard the most live.
I have seen Bruce on 5 different tours (every single tour since I had my Bruce Springsteen moment seven years ago.)
I have seen Bruce play the most on the Devils and Dust tour (6 times...which is ironic considering I didn't even like that album, except for Jesus Was An Only Son...yes, they were still absolutely beautiful shows.)
I have seen Bruce play with the E Street Band, the Seeger Sessions Band and solo.
I have seen Bruce play with special guests Al Leiter, Jon Landeau, Willie Nile, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bob Dylan, Garland Jeffreys, Bright Eyes, the Dixie Chicks, R.E.M., John Fogerty, Neil Young and Pegi Young.
I have cried at all 14 Bruce shows AT LEAST once.
I, Mary Alexandra Jones, am totally obsessed with Bruce Springsteen.

It's just astounding that these Bruce shows always seem to come when I need them the most. It's also astounding that I have seen both Silver Palimino and Part Man, Part Monkey multiple times and have NEVER SEEN JUNGLELAND! Two chances, Brucey, to make it up to me...

St. Paul and Milwaukee...Mama Jones is coming up from KC, MO for both shows and my WonderTwin is traveling to both as well. I'll get to rock out with most of the Minnesotan rock'n'roll rats, Jake and Justin (my long time Bruce brothers), downattheresevoir and her sis, windycitydarling, her husband and her 20 year old son (a Bruce virgin), Cline (an awesomely perverted I think maybe Republican)...I can't wait to be back together with my people, screaming, dancing and sobbing!