Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Into The Fire” (2002)

If you jettison the world politics of the incident of 9/11, you’re left with the haunting memories of many things — those left at the end of dangling telephone conversations with loved ones, the people waiting at home for the phone call that will never come, the first responders heading up the stairs to do what they were trained to do.

This was an incredibly difficult time for the citizens of the United States. Bruce knew this and put together an album that told the story from many different sides. People like to think that all of the issues concerning this event can be seen in black and white. The good and the bad. But that applies a closure to a situation that may not allow it.

May your strength give up strength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
My your love give us love

It seems that those sentiments were reflected back at all of us. Were we impacted by that strength, faith, hope, and love? We might have been, at least for the first few weeks. But then anger and fury seemed to rule the day. It’s not a new story, but it’s a sad one.

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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.