Five for Friday is a regular Solomon McCown blog feature in which one of our PR pros shares five of their favorite hobbies, passions, or interests. This week, we hear from Assistant Account Executive Jackson Murphy (at left).
Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to join my friends and see my favorite musician, Bruce Springsteen, perform at Gillette Stadium. After four hours and two minutes of energetic rock from The Boss and the E-Street Band, I’ve been listening to nothing else as an attempt to relive the experience.
So I’m about to do something bold. Something that will probably elicit much debate and controversy from diehards. Below are my top five favorite songs by The Boss.
5. “American Skin (41 Shots),” High Hopes – A poignant and emotional commentary that is just as meaningful today as it was in 2001. This song came out when I was about nine years old. I first liked it because I thought it was catchy, and I credit it for introducing me to Bruce and exploring his earlier music. As I grew older, the song became all the more meaningful. It was incredible hearing him sing it live.
4. “Thunder Road,” Born to Run – That iconic harmonica solo accompanied by piano chords runs a chill through your spine every time you hear it. A fantastic song bolstered by one of Clarence Clemons’ most recognizable solos. Dare you not to listen to it twice.
3. “Rosalita (Come Out Tonight),” The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle – This song is so fun. Off the same album that gave us “4th of July, Asbury Park” (which narrowly missed this list) it’s near impossible not to jump a little higher with every verse. The sax riffs throughout a pure gold.
2. “Born to Run,” Born to Run – Widely regarded as Springsteen’s best, this song and album of the same name helped propel him to superstardom and secured his status as a rock legend. I played the saxophone from fourth grade through my senior year of high school and would try my best to mimic Clarence’s solo (his version was way better).
1. “Jungleland,” Born to Run – This isn’t just my favorite Bruce Springsteen song – this is my favorite song. The Boss is a master storyteller and you can see why as he takes you through the tragic love tale of the Magic Rat and Barefoot Girl amidst violent streets. But it’s the instruments involved that make this song so powerful. The strings and piano introduction welcome you in, a guitar solo illustrates the chaotic environment and an epic sax solo preludes the Magic Rat’s demise. Regarded as the Big Man’s most powerful work, it’s no wonder Springsteen waited a year after Clemons’ passing in 2011 before playing it live again. When Bruce and the E-Street band played the song again in 2012, Clarence’s nephew Jake nailed it and earned a big hug from The Boss.