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Thread #77564   Message #1478633
Posted By: Dave'sWife
05-May-05 - 06:50 AM
Thread Name: Contemporary song in folk music
Subject: RE: Contemporary song in folk music
I seem to be outing myself as a closet-springsteen fan all over the Mudcat! So....

I do believe that Springsteen has been heavily influenced by Trad Folk, so much so that his strongest songs and CDs are often those that stick to the 'Woodie Guthrie' end of things.

When NEBRASKA came out, it shocked many of his fans but won over a lot of others who hadn't previously given him the time of day. My father used to steal my casette of NEBRASKA right out from under my nose and make off with it to listen to in his car! He was especially moved by the songs that spoke of a working class upbringing and the longing with which Springsteen would sing about wanting to never have to buy a used car again or looking up at the gates of the big mansion on the hill. The references to econmic hardships rang especially true for our family at that time, during the dawn of the Reagan years. I believe that my Dad, hearing those things sung about, that he was experienceing himsef (Unemployement, financial ruin, desperation) found in those songs, something to help him feel less alone.

All of Springsteens albums contain songs with a heavy traditional influence, some more than others. THE RIVER has a few significant ones and then of course, there are is all of THE GHOST OF TOM JOAD and the new CD, Devils & Dust.

I'd say NEBRASKA more than any other stays with me. The song 'My Father's House' is the one that always gets me where I live, that and 'Used cars' because my family lived that song, every word.

You may want to make some mention of Springsteen, but since he's been covered in at least 6 PHD dissertations which were later published as books.. you might not want to go very far into it.