Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, "My Father's House" (1982)

I had a great relationship with my father. He was always there for me is so many ways. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to realize just how much of his personality is with me. I’m here so he’s here, you might say.

So it’s hard for me to imagine just how difficult it must have been for Bruce to deal with the complexities of what went on between him and his dad. The relationship was an elemental one, and we’ve seen some of the brittle fibers that held them together (and kept them apart) woven into many of his songs, from Adam Raisesd A Cain and Factory to Independence Day and on to “My Father’s House.”

People are sometimes shocked to discover that celebrities are actual people, and that they might have had to deal with life’s problems just like everybody else. So when we read that it took Bruce years (and some late night soul-searching visits to Freehold) to get some closure on this, we realize that yeah, just maybe money and fame can’t solve all of a person’s issues. In some cases, those very things can serve to amplify the problems.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he writes several weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.