Awkward Ages

  1. July 31, 2012 @ 12:25 pm Diane

    Springsteen’s mournful, almost grieving 1988 live version of “Born to Run,” as he was facing down 40. Everything about it says, “I’m not that guy any more, and I miss him. And I’m not sure if I ever found if love was wild or if love was real.”

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  2. July 31, 2012 @ 12:48 pm Josh K-sky

    this song that describes its own origin story simultaneously deconstructs it

    Strongly recommended: Randy Newman’s “My Life Is Good”, which is both a repeated story told originally to the singer’s son’s kindergarten teacher, but also originally composed (as described within) by “a little brown girl my wife and I picked up in Mexico.” not otherwise on topic.

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    • July 31, 2012 @ 6:19 pm Pam Thurschwell

      And also a great, hilarious song, and totally about why adulthood is a) impossible and b) really, really annoying. Also isn’t that the one where he says Bruce says to him ‘Rand, I’m tired, would you like to be the boss for a while?’

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  3. August 1, 2012 @ 1:19 am Stefan Llewellyn Smith

    Those Paul Simon/Billy Bragg sentences are an example of a macro within a song. The song is “I’m [substitute current age] now…”, like inserting an address into a form letter or running a macro within a spreadsheet. That’s rather anachronistic for a 1965 song, I suppose, but the underlying logic is the same. Any other songs like this? You’d have expected from an overtly computer oriented singer or group, maybe Kratwerk or Buggles?

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  4. August 1, 2012 @ 3:46 am Mandy Berry

    This is AWESOME.

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