Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Let's Make Like Tomatoes and Catch Up (Ow!)


Once again, I was planning to write this a while ago. That's me and Gary and Jimmy October 14 outside the ScotiaBank Place in Kanata, Ottawa,about two hours west-ish of Montreal. We met when I was still in LA, and I answered an ad for people to travel together to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at one of his only two Canada appearances. (I know, sounds dorky, but it wasn't really.)

Though I'm sure Gary did sort of expect more than two people to respond to the ad. But there we were: a writer from Los Angeles, a Quebecois Chrysler auto parts guy (Bruce would be proud), and an Asian-Canadian computer guy dude, sitting in a Dunkin' Donuts at the Berri-UQAM Station, strategizing about how best to nab seats in "the pit." Like teenagers.

All over Ottawa, other grown-ups were having the same strategy sessions, self-imagined swashbucklers with enough money for tickets and t-shirts. And a serious mortage. And more than one car. Rock and roll grown-ups.


This was gonna be a column about the show, about how in a world where actual product barely exists, where walls and walls and walls full of albums have been replaced by less than a microchip, and where there are no record stores anymore, a middle-aged guy swinging a Fender Esquire guitar can rejuvenate and reinvigorate and reinvent. I've written about Springsteen so many times in so many places that there isn't much I can add to the ouevre. It was a night of rock and roll redemption, and all those kinds of adjectives that he generates. (See inspirational, joyful, jubilant, cathartic, all of those...)


We waited outside all day, we bonded, we stood for five and a half hours straight, and on the way home we left the radio off and we talked about music, about religion, about journalism, sports, about politics American and Canadian, and we talked about home. And we could have talked until the sun came up over Newfoundland.

Somewhere on the Trans-Canada Highway near East Hawkesbury, Gary looked up and out the window and said, "You guys have gotta see this sky. So many stars....."

It was that kind of a night.

5 comments:

BuffState said...

I'm looking forward to it being "that kind of a night" when I get to experience Bruce and all that he emotes in November in NY. If only the night could include your presence, Eddie ML.........

lauren said...

wonderful blot item and not at all dorky to make in advance bruce buds e! hey check this out: e and the e street band. i kinda like the sound of that! (yeah...now who's the dork? gawd!)

HEY, IT'S THAT KINDA DAY, LOL!

what can i say? jeepers...i'm working on a collective unconsciousness piece right now, and since this is part of my day or should i say DAZE, lol? i'm going to have to put in a bruce lyric now too dammit (said with LOVE!) coz that's what i'm laying down in the background of this drawing: all these lyrics and story bytes and bits re memory mapping way underneath the actual drawing--i know, crazy long convoluted story--as usual from me huh? lol!

SO QUICK E: BLOG YOUR FAVORITE BRUCE LYRIC HERE SO I CAN GET GOIN'!

ooohhhh...speaking of BRUCE and daze, here is a famous quote by a famous ex pate (THAT'S PATRIOT, NOT PATE' PEOPLE, LOL)who um..also has an "excellent" hair thang going on. see if you can quees who it was said it? Okay, no more HINTS!:

"your's might be the real song, but i can't write without bruce on!"

give up yet? well, keep trying! i know it'll come to you! : )

okay, nuff wid my nightclub act. i leave you to your ex pate tater chips with that oh-so-satisfying ketchup aftertaste!

--Noodle for a Day

(NOW DON'T FORGET TO POST THAT BRUCE LYRIC..THIS THANG IS LIKE ON DEADLINE DUDE, LOL!!!) um..ok ok i'll stop hollering now...but hurry up wid that lyric, kay??????

Eddie Rivera said...

Use any of these:

"Show a little faith, there's magic in the night, you aint a beauty, but hey, you're all right, and that's all right with me."

"Some day we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny..."

"Underneath the overpass, trooper hits his party light switch, good night good luck one two power shift..."

"And I ride by night, and I travel in fear, that in this darkness I will disappear...."

Mary Jo said...

Bruce! Eddie! Both on the east coast at the same time! I thought the world felt a little happier.

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