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On the other side of the globe, a 49-year-old former musician and professional publisher decided last year whether he wanted to enjoy his birthday in silence or whether he wanted to "let it rip" like springsteen should be.
He decides for the "louder" songs on the record version and rehearsed with regional music friends for weeks 50 songs from 50 years, including of course a song of one of his heros! And the song "glory days" from the "boss becomes the emotional center of the birthday concert. "When searching for my favorite song of the year, many beautiful memories were awakened and i realized how strongly music influenced the first half of the century", tells bernd meusel.
One of them is certainly the memory of the boss concert in 1988 in munich, when meusel sang along with the songs in the first row eye to eye every song. "I write (play) the songs only for me! But the songs only become really good when I play them for other people. This is the bond that exists between people and can never be destroyed", as far as bruce springsteen.
You could possibly say that the "birthday boy" was also has licked blood again and has rediscovered his joy in making music. After the concert for the 50th birthday, which was praised by many sides. Followed by a solo performance for the 50th anniversary. His best friend from his youth with "his" favorite songs. With the formation "easy/die sie" some guest appearances at other events like ramp festival, kronach leuchtet, freischieben or at the city festival followed.
In november the music project "easy/the she xmas band" was launched to liven up the christmas markets in kronach and lichtenfels musically with anglican xmas songs. The band also played these gigs for free and collected a considerable amount for the good cause.
"We learned more from a three-minute record, baby than we ever learned in school" – a line from the song "no surrender could be representative for the effect springsteens songs have on his kronach fan. After the performances at the christmas markets, the band members and other regional musicians met regularly for a small musicians' get-together with an exchange of musical ideas.
"But a simple cover band was not to my taste. That's why i brought up the idea of forming a bruce springsteen tribute band", bernd meusel continues. After a few detours I found a powerful band that played "unplugged" in a small line-up with guitar, double bass, piano and small drums" a playlist of songs from springsteen's 45-year career was compiled.
Beautiful performances of "easy springsteen and the E-street friends" open air in kronach and lichtenfels followed and found their interested audience. It was the inventor's intention not only to play selected favorite songs of the boss, but to tell the story behind them and to try to give the listeners a rough insight into the musical life and creative work. "Springsteen doesn't just press his "new" songs like many other musicians do songs on record, to release them then. No, each LP/CD deals with the current
contemporary events such as "the rising from 2002, in which he deals with the terrorist attack in his hometown on 9.11. Conflicts", the fan from kronach, who is not alone in this opinion, says. "Springsteen is by no means mainstream, and of course you can't assume that everyone will immediately understand the lyricism and the message it sends.", says bernd meusel. The song "born in the USA" is a good example of this which is not intended to be a hymn to the country of his birth, as many have suspected.