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Bruce Springsteen: Tougher Than the Rest

Friday, 23 September, 2016 0 Comments

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born on this day in 1949 in Long Branch, New Jersey. In his new book, Born to Run, he reveals that far from being tougher than the rest always, he’s struggled like the most of us at times. You see, Springsteen suffers from clinical depression, for which he has sought relief through therapy and antidepressants. This makes his resilience and endurance all the more remarkable. But he’s never quit, he doesn’t give up and then there are all those fans: “Waiting for you to pull something out of your hat, out of thin air, out of this world, something that before the faithful were gathered here today was just a song-fueled rumor.”

“She was Italian, funny, a beatific tomboy, with just the hint of a lazy eye, and wore a pair of glasses that made me think of the wonders of the library.” — Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

Ho Hey say The Lumineers

Saturday, 24 August, 2013 0 Comments

Based in Denver, Colorado, The Lumineers could be seen as a kind of belated Rocky Mountains response to the hugely successful folk rock of Mumford & Sons, but while the British band was formed in 2007, the two founding members of the Lumineers, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, were already performing together in New Jersey in 2005. In 2010, Neyla Pekarek joined The Lumineers and she was followed into the lineup by Stelth Ulvang and Ben Wahamaki in 2012. “Ho Hey” is not to be confused with “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” made famous by The Ramones.

Language note: The expression “hey-ho” first appeared in print in 1471, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, which says it has nautical origins, meant to mark the rhythm of movement in heaving or hauling. Over time, it merged meanings with the similarly spelled “heigh-ho,” which was first recorded in 1553 and is defined as an expression of “yawning, sighing, languor, weariness, disappointment.” In 2006, hey-ho made it into Urban Dictionary, where it’s defined it as “a word used when something has not gone according to plan, to dispel one’s feeling of disappointment.” Example: “Oh, we’ve just missed the bus. Hey-ho.”