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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 12:10 PM
Excerpt: 'The Gospel According To Bruce Springsteen'
Courtesy of Westminster John Knox Press

The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen
By Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz
Hardcover, 197 pages
List price: $16.95
NPR.org, August 8, 2008 - Bruce's Ten Suggestions for Spiritual Living

1. The world has gone awry. The world according to Bruce is often portrayed as a gritty, conflicted, sometimes dark and sinister place. It differs for the particular characters involved in each song, of course, but the darkness is always there on the edge of things or not very far beneath the surface.

2. There is a power within the souls of men and women to transcend the world and to achieve real victories in spite of the world. For every homeless loser who has left his wife and kids high and dry back in Baltimore, there is that good man or good woman who works endlessly at a thankless job to meet his or her responsibilities. People have within them the power to choose to be true to themselves and what really matters.

3. The world is as it is. There is both great pain and great joy in life, Springsteen affirms. Once we have accepted that the pain is part of the deal, then we are free to experience genuine joy when it comes our way.

4. Life without connections is empty and dangerous. Springsteen sings of a stark array of misfits, criminals and losers. But there is always compassion in the portraits he presents, and we sense that the line between winners and losers is a narrow one and that what differentiates the former from the latter are the connections they have with other people.

5. Our stories symbolize something deeper. The great lie of our contemporary, celebrity-crazed culture is that only the rich and famous have stories worth telling. There are almost no celebrities featured in Springsteen's songs. His stories are our stories, and the wisdom (as well as the folly) they contain is ours, too.

6. Life is embodied. Sexuality is intrinsically neither good nor evil, Springsteen implies; here, as in all human ventures, only good soil will produce worthy fruit.

7. It's all about change. If we cling to the past, it withers and dies. If we let it go gracefully and move on to the next stage of our lives, the gifts of the past can continue to bless us.

8. There is no guarantee of success. Sometimes life teaches us lessons about humility and silence and emptiness and pain and unanswered prayers. At those times, we know that our true treasure is the power of our own integrity, and our reward lies in keeping faith with those other decent, down-to-earth, hardworking people everywhere.

9. Hope is resilient. The men and women in Springsteen's songs may win or they may lose, but they seldom abandon all hope. Despair is seldom, if ever, given the final word. It is hope that carries us human ones on the sacred vector toward life's divine possibilities.

10. There is always something more. If Bruce is luminous in his work shining a light of perception on the horizontal dimension of this earthly life so he is numinous as well casting this life we lead in the brilliance of an almost mystic glow; shedding the radiance of discernment on that vertical beam which crashes through the linear plane of existence and points it toward that which is higher, deeper, somehow transcendent.

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 12:15 PM
I've loved Bruce Springsteen's music for decades but he should keep his politics and, now apparently, his psycho-babble to himself.

BTW, Bruce's handlers are denying the SuperBowl thing.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 01:26 PM
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I've loved Bruce Springsteen's music for decades but he should keep his politics and, now apparently, his psycho-babble to himself.
This book was not written by Bruce. It was written by a minister and those Ten Suggestions for Spiritual Living are not those of Bruce so much as those of Jeffrey Symynkywicz, the author. He is a long time Springsteen fan who uses Bruce's work in an allegorical sense for both this book and the 10 Suggestions for Spiritual Living as well as in his sermons.

It would be interesting, though, to hear Springsteen's take on the book.

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 01:41 PM
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This book was not written by Bruce. It was written by a minister and those Ten Suggestions for Spiritual Living are not those of Bruce so much as those of Jeffrey Symynkywicz, the author. He is a long time Springsteen fan who uses Bruce's work in an allegorical sense for both this book and the 10 Suggestions for Spiritual Living as well as in his sermons.

It would be interesting, though, to hear Springsteen's take on the book.


I'm sure at some level Springsteen had to approve this especially since it uses his name in the title. Nevertheless, it's kind of sad that this minister who wrote this book feels that he has to use a "rock star" to sell his message. You would hope that the Ten Suggestions for Spiritual Living would be a worthy enough message to sell itself.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 01:52 PM
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I've loved Bruce Springsteen's music for decades but he should keep his politics and, now apparently, his psycho-babble to himself.
This book was not written by Bruce. It was written by a minister and those Ten Suggestions for Spiritual Living are not those of Bruce so much as those of Jeffrey Symynkywicz, the author. He is a long time Springsteen fan who uses Bruce's work in an allegorical sense for both this book and the 10 Suggestions for Spiritual Living as well as in his sermons.

It would be interesting, though, to hear Springsteen's take on the book.

[Edited on 8/13/2008 by lolasdeb]


Okay, I stand corrected as to the author but I still think it's psychobabble.

 

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Okay, I stand corrected as to the author but I still think it's psychobabble.



After reading some of your posts I'm inclined to believe you have firsthand knowledge of what a babbling psycho is all about.


 

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  posted on 8/13/2008 at 03:20 PM
There's been plenty of "Gospel According To..." books and such over the years born out of pop culture. The Simpsons, etc....
 

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Okay, I stand corrected as to the author but I still think it's psychobabble.

After reading some of your posts I'm inclined to believe you have firsthand knowledge of what a babbling psycho is all about.

LMAO - Ron owes me a new monitor!

 

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There's been plenty of "Gospel According To..." books and such over the years born out of pop culture. The Simpsons, etc....


He's a multi-millionaire. He should be taxed 90%.
??? Sounds like The gospel According to MaconGa ???

 

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Okay, I stand corrected as to the author but I still think it's psychobabble.



After reading some of your posts I'm inclined to believe you have firsthand knowledge of what a babbling psycho is all about.



My goodness. More enlightened and progressive hate-speech.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2008 at 01:17 PM
Looks like an interesting book.

I don't have a problem with the idea that one can find God in the music of The Boss.

Those are some pretty good points the author makes, just from reading this little bit, and using the music of Bruce Springsteen to illustrate those points kinds of seems like something a parable-teller of long ago might have done.

 

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5. Our stories symbolize something deeper. The great lie of our contemporary, celebrity-crazed culture is that only the rich and famous have stories worth telling. There are almost no celebrities featured in Springsteen's songs. His stories are our stories, and the wisdom (as well as the folly) they contain is ours, too.

I agree with this

 

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Looks like an interesting book.

I don't have a problem with the idea that one can find God in the music of The Boss.

Those are some pretty good points the author makes, just from reading this little bit, and using the music of Bruce Springsteen to illustrate those points kinds of seems like something a parable-teller of long ago might have done.


I've always thought he was slightly below average at best.


I've never cared what you think, and still don't.

 

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I've always thought he was slightly below average at best.
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Oh - he appeals to the left with his "working man lyrics" (even though he's worth a trillion dollars), but he has to do that to make up for the sub-par music.
HAHAHA - aren't you clever!!! I'm a fan of Bruce so out of curiousity - please explain who you would view as average and above so that people will have some context for these remarks you're throwing out.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2008 at 02:28 PM
Sub par? regularly puts out new records filled with strong original songs for over 20 years now...The Killer E Street Band? you must've never heard them.

Would be nice if a certain organ player could string together 10 new songs for a new album...

 

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  posted on 8/14/2008 at 02:34 PM
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I'm sure at some level Springsteen had to approve this especially since it uses his name in the title.


Not necessarily!

 

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Looks like an interesting book.

I don't have a problem with the idea that one can find God in the music of The Boss.

Those are some pretty good points the author makes, just from reading this little bit, and using the music of Bruce Springsteen to illustrate those points kinds of seems like something a parable-teller of long ago might have done.


I've always thought he was slightly below average at best.


I've never cared what you think, and still don't.



Oh - he appeals to the left with his "working man lyrics" (even though he's worth a trillion dollars), but he has to do that to make up for the sub-par music.
I guess you lost any interest in Bruce when he told Reagan to stop using 'Born in the USA' as a campaign song in 1984.

 

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  posted on 8/14/2008 at 02:41 PM
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Would be nice if a certain organ player could string together 10 new songs for a new album...


i believe he is working on a solo record with a certain guitar player helping out

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Looks like an interesting book.

I don't have a problem with the idea that one can find God in the music of The Boss.

Those are some pretty good points the author makes, just from reading this little bit, and using the music of Bruce Springsteen to illustrate those points kinds of seems like something a parable-teller of long ago might have done.


I've always thought he was slightly below average at best.


I've never cared what you think, and still don't.



Oh - he appeals to the left with his "working man lyrics" (even though he's worth a trillion dollars), but he has to do that to make up for the sub-par music.
I guess you lost any interest in Bruce when he told Reagan to stop using 'Born in the USA' as a campaign song in 1984.



Heh heh.

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  posted on 8/14/2008 at 09:53 PM
I lost interest in Bruce when he forgot how to write catchy hooky anthemic songs, sometime around 1986. As for my philosophy, it can be summed up in this single line by our own Gregg Allman "You don't need no gypsy to tell you why you can't let one precious day slip by."

 

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