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September 01, 2006

Bruce Sings of Katrina

How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?  Here's a Friday video-clip from Bruce - a rewriting of an old depression-era song originally written by Blind Alfred Reed a month after the depression hit.  Springsteen altered the song to capture the post-Katrina disaster.   He dedicates it to President Bystander.   

In honor of my sister, Lisa, who will fly 1000 miles to catch one of Bruce's concerts.

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 1, 2006 at 09:33 AM in Media, National and International Politics | Permalink


I'm listening to the Seeger Sessions right now, which works well when one is looking for an upbeat kick those guys out of office kinda set of tunes. Seeger must be smilin'

Posted by: mainsailset | Sep 1, 2006 10:40:42 AM

Thank you for your informative story on your 911 experience. We were really terrified in San Diego County when 911 happened, and many businness were shut down for 2 days. We pray that this will never happen again, and it doesn't hurt to keep @months food supplies and water, and a safety kit on hand, besides close safety net neighbors who will network in the case of an emergency.

Posted by: Mariel Skudler | Sep 3, 2006 2:40:00 PM

Well, I have yet to fly 1000 miles to see Bruce, but I would if I could afford it. I did get a chance to meet him right before the concert in Portland in 2005 and I told him how important it is to me that he continue to speak out politically.

He has been a hero of mine since the first time I saw him in concert in 1984 for his music, his stories, his willingness to share his stories, his devotion to his fans (4 hour concerts are the rule, not the exception), his powerful energy to name a few reasons. Since going on the road with John Kerry, he is now a hero to me in a new and extroadinary way. He is doing what is right. He is using his right to free speech for good. His creativity is a gift to politics, to us as a society.

The song in this video is wonderful, I come away feeling more for the people of New Orleans than ever because until now, the tragedy was like a movie to me but somehow Bruce tells stories that bring people in them to life.

I am really grateful to have a Bruce in the world, and I think we all have it in us to access our goodness through creativity if we wish to go after it.

Posted by: Lisa | Sep 4, 2006 7:59:38 AM

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