You wouldn’t think that there’d be a connection between Bruce Springsteen and The Tubes but there is. In my head, at least.
There was a time when my desire for a particular woman was so intense that the meaning of “all-consuming” finally made sense. She was all I could think about. I sat around listening to The Tubes Completion Backward Principle, with “Don’t Want To Wait Anymore” on repeat. My friends thought I was wasting my time; she was out of reach. But I wasn’t crazy, and things turned my, no our way. We graduated from college and were married later that year.
But like a lot of young people, we didn’t really know what we wanted.
We were too young. Less than a decade later, I found myself listening to “Book Of Dreams,” wishing for all that world that we were the characters in that song. By that time, I realized that I’d been in wishing mode for a long time. Years had passed and the glow that emanated from our getting together had long since been put out. I just didn’t want to accept that fact. And it’s not that Springsteen’s song drove me to some point of clarity. Far from it. There were a couple of more years of emptiness to go through, with things getting a whole lot worse before they got better. It’s a good thing I had Bruce with me…I might not have made it.
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