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Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream remains deeply misunderstood

With ‘Working On A Dream,’ released six years ago today, Bruce Springsteen continued an intriguing journey back to the music of his formative years.

Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973): On Second Thought

Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973): On Second Thought

Mark Saleski finds new meaning during a track-by-track return to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.,’ released on January 5, 1973.

Bruce Springsteen’s stark and ageless Nebraska: A song-by song second look

Bruce Springsteen’s stark and ageless Nebraska: A song-by song second look

Mark Saleski offers an in-depth examination of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska,’ primarily recorded on January 3, 1982.

Bruce Springsteen Songs about Cars: Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen Songs about Cars: Gimme Five

They were as ubiquitous, at one point, as songs about girls.

Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey songs, including ‘Sandy,’ ‘Rosalita,’ others: Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey songs, including ‘Sandy,’ ‘Rosalita,’ others: Gimme Five

“Rosalita” was the song that just had to be played before all important events.

Bruce Springsteen road songs, including ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Racing in the Street,’ ‘Born to Run,’ others: Gimme Five

Bruce Springsteen road songs, including ‘Thunder Road,’ ‘Racing in the Street,’ ‘Born to Run,’ others: Gimme Five

He uses these metaphors as a foundation for deeply revealing character studies.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All I’m Thinkin’ About” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “All I’m Thinkin’ About” (2005)

It’s not often that I think of Bruce Springsteen songs in the same context as the Viet Nam era and the American culture of that time, but “All I’m Thinkin’ About” has always reminded me of Canned Heat’s “Heading Up The Country.”

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “The Hitter” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “The Hitter” (2005)

Over time, I realized I’d missed the true heart of this song.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Leah” (2005)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen, “Leah” (2005)

When I began to revisit Devils & Dust, I was brought back to the evening of the first listening session.

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Live at Mohegan Sun Arena (2014)

Sparks Fly On E Street: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Live at Mohegan Sun Arena (2014)

Emotions were running high in anticipation of this last pair of 2014 E Street shows. Tickets for the tiny Mohegan Sun Arena were a tough get. We felt lucky to be in the building.