Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bruce Springsteen on rock music

"The subtext of all rock songs is 'Will you pull your pants down?'"

"Any pop song or rock song worth its salt--[frustration's] gotta be in there. . . . It is music made by frustrated people. . . . It's in everything, everything. that was one of the fundamental elements--the tools, the stones that you worked with--came out of your personal life and it also came out of the form."

So says Bruce Springsteen. But, of course, you really didn't need him to tell you this.

7 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

One of many quotes from Rock musicians that all say that same thing. Frustration (with a few exceptions) should not be part of the Christian life, so why should we incorporate a form of music into our worship that expresses exactly what we should not. Of course, there is the whole sex element as well. Again, what exactly do these musicians think they are accomplishing? I guess the whole point is that there is always morality in these matters. It seems to me that I'm just talking to those who are already way ahead of me on this, though, so I will stop blabbing. Thanks, Ryan.

1/03/2006 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

Ryan, this is important for us to know if we're going to have vibrant worship today, I mean, we have an either-or situation here. Either we let the ladies wear pants, or we let the praise-and-worship team have at it, but I'm thinking that doing both at the same time is a bad idea. Come to think about it if we're going to have the praise-and-worship team fire up we better ALL be in dresses.

1/03/2006 05:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

Todd, your words are deep and merit no little amount of contemplation. A just warning, my friend! We need to wade carefully through these kinds of thorny issues in today's worship environment.

1/03/2006 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

Paul, I do plenty of blabbing myself. Your company is welcome.

1/03/2006 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Joel said...

Sexual frustration? So they wrote Rock music because they couldn't get laid? That's not very cool. Maybe they should have started buying the right kind of t-shirts instead - take care of their frustration and the great commission in one fell (very fell) swoop.

1/03/2006 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

The two comments I posted were made several minutes apart from each other. I noted them because Springsteen makes observations on the nature of rock and pop. But your suggestion should be followed, nonetheless.

1/03/2006 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger uc said...

Thanks for the expose. Now we know.

But can we really trust the judgement of the artist? What does a Rock and Roll "musician" know. Leave interpretation and criticism to the experts.

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1/07/2006 12:04:00 PM  

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Bruce Springsteen on rock music

"The subtext of all rock songs is 'Will you pull your pants down?'"

"Any pop song or rock song worth its salt--[frustration's] gotta be in there. . . . It is music made by frustrated people. . . . It's in everything, everything. that was one of the fundamental elements--the tools, the stones that you worked with--came out of your personal life and it also came out of the form."

So says Bruce Springsteen. But, of course, you really didn't need him to tell you this.

7 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

One of many quotes from Rock musicians that all say that same thing. Frustration (with a few exceptions) should not be part of the Christian life, so why should we incorporate a form of music into our worship that expresses exactly what we should not. Of course, there is the whole sex element as well. Again, what exactly do these musicians think they are accomplishing? I guess the whole point is that there is always morality in these matters. It seems to me that I'm just talking to those who are already way ahead of me on this, though, so I will stop blabbing. Thanks, Ryan.

1/03/2006 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Todd Mitchell said...

Ryan, this is important for us to know if we're going to have vibrant worship today, I mean, we have an either-or situation here. Either we let the ladies wear pants, or we let the praise-and-worship team have at it, but I'm thinking that doing both at the same time is a bad idea. Come to think about it if we're going to have the praise-and-worship team fire up we better ALL be in dresses.

1/03/2006 05:08:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

Todd, your words are deep and merit no little amount of contemplation. A just warning, my friend! We need to wade carefully through these kinds of thorny issues in today's worship environment.

1/03/2006 05:27:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

Paul, I do plenty of blabbing myself. Your company is welcome.

1/03/2006 05:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Joel said...

Sexual frustration? So they wrote Rock music because they couldn't get laid? That's not very cool. Maybe they should have started buying the right kind of t-shirts instead - take care of their frustration and the great commission in one fell (very fell) swoop.

1/03/2006 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

The two comments I posted were made several minutes apart from each other. I noted them because Springsteen makes observations on the nature of rock and pop. But your suggestion should be followed, nonetheless.

1/03/2006 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger uc said...

Thanks for the expose. Now we know.

But can we really trust the judgement of the artist? What does a Rock and Roll "musician" know. Leave interpretation and criticism to the experts.

from
miker

1/07/2006 12:04:00 PM  

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