Going On The Account: Blogtober – It Ain’t No Sin To Be Glad You’re Alive…

Day two of Blogtober is up today, which started in concert with Speaker7 and Sips of Jen and Tonic as an alternative to NaNoWriMo (which got nicely deconstructed over at Gawker yesterday).


When these nice fellow bloggers discussed their plans and encouraged me to join them, I sort of feel it was envisaged that there’d be a three-way romp into thirty days of forced content that, because of time pressure, would start to get silly and frivolous.  And then I opened the month with a Hurricane Sandy account…


There must a technical term for this, or at least a comfortably guttural German word that sums this up nicely…


Which puts me in mind of someone who may be having it worse than me right now:  Bruce Springsteen.


In particular, there’s the matter regarding one of the Boss’ most famous songs:



Yes, the official title of the piece is “4th of July, Asbury Park,” though everyone knows it better by its nickname:  “Sandy.”  Of all the names the song could have had, sharing a name with the worst storm to hit New Jersey since 1903 is very unfortunate.


Even worse, the song itself is actually a loving evocation of life on the Jersey Shore.  It’s a beautiful recollection of a great summer scene while a man professes his love for a woman, a woman who unfortunately shares her name with a force of nature that destroyed the boardwalk being sung about.


And it’s an infuriating shame that this particular song, which is a sonnet to the Jersey shore and its culture and life, might be rotated out of play because of an accident of history.  At a time when we could use good memories, when the state of New Jersey needs to remember and celebrate its heritage as it gets ready to rebuild, not being able to invoke these memories would be a damn shame.


There’s no word as to Springsteen’s feelings about this; an account of his Halloween stand in Rochester did not note if the song was performed.  The only clue we have is the statement he made about the disaster before performing “My City of Ruins,” which would suggest the other song wasn’t on the playlist.  The big clue would probably come tonight on the telethon that NBC is hosting; if the Boss does “4th of July, Asbury Park” on the show, that would be a fitting reminder of what was lost and what could be again.


It might even serve as an exorcism, reclaiming the name from the storm and giving it back to a woman you can fall in love with on the boardwalk…


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  1. Ends up that when he was on last night, he did “Land of Hope and Dreams,” which wasn’t a bad choice really.

    Billy Joel’s reworking of “Miami 2017,” however, well…

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