In his latest editorial, Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts highlights a new Bruce Springsteen album, "Wrecking Ball" that proves once again why his music has connected with so many progressive-minded and just plain practical people for nearly four decades. From "Born to Run" and "Badlands" to his haunting album "Nebraska" and "Ghost of Tom Joad" albums, and so many other great hits with The E Street Band", he has been on the side of the angels as far as I'm concerned. And as for the music itself, well they don't call him "The Boss" for nothing.
From Mr. Pitts' column:
"...for all the manicured eloquence of the constitutionally mandated report President Obama delivered in January, the new Bruce Springsteen album, "Wrecking Ball," captures more raw emotional truth about the state of the American Dream than any politician ever could.
"These first years of the millennium have been extraordinarily trying, especially for a nation that had passed a quarter century in relative peace. Then came terror. Then came wars. Then came economic meltdown. And in the last, we were galled to find that what had brought us to the brink of ruin was the greed, corruption, mendacity and predatory practices of giant money houses and that we were now required to save them from the consequences of their misdeeds because they were too big to fail.
"Meantime, we failed right, left and sideways, as jobs went away and money grew tight, as horizons receded and hope shriveled down to a wrinkled shell of itself and people who'd never asked for all that much to begin with -- a fair chance to earn their own bread, care for themselves, house themselves -- found their aspirations padlocked behind them, their dreams set out at the curb. In a nation where corporations are people and fetuses are people, actual people could not catch a break, nor even much in the way of empathy.
"It is from the heart of this disconnection, this chasm between America that is and America that ought to be, that Springsteen issues his report."