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BEST SPRINGSTEEN COVERS EVER, Volume I
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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than ...
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The writers of this blog are not music critics, and they don't consider a second (or third, fourth or fifth) mortgage to be a perfectly reasonable course of action to pay for front-row tickets, but despite being a whole lot more middle aged than they were when they first put \x34Born in the U.S.A.\x34 or \x34The River\x34 down on the turntable, still feels like Bruce has something -- OK, a lot of things -- to say about our country and the way we live our lives, things that not a lot of other artists are saying. And whether he's talking about the knife that can cut this pain from your heart, the house that's waiting for you to walk in or what that flag flying over the courthouse means, he's nailing down feelings that are so universal that they can raise your spirits and break your heart at the same time. Plus, lets face it, the man rocks.
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By Deb Filcman
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Er ... OK, we will!

Er … OK, we will!



If you’re anything like us, we know exactly what you need right now: A distraction! With that in mind, we’re kicking off a series of posts spotlighting favorite Springsteen covers chosen by the Blogness staff. Check back over the next week or so as each of our bloggers chooses five (or so) favorites — and let us know what we left out. Up first, Deb captures the mood of the week with some more somber selections:

Kingsley Flood, “Shut Out the Light”: From “Long Distance Salvation: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska,” it’s austere and haunting but somehow energetic, too. Not on YouTube, but you can stream it here.

Matthew Ryan, “Something in the Night”: Tough mood to capture but Matthew manages on this cover from “Light of Day: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen.”



Emmylou Harris, “The Price You Pay”: I’ve always admired these lyrics, and love how Emmylou’s voice makes it sound more like words of wisdom than a lament. (From “Cimarron.”)



Glen Hansard, “Drive All Night”: It’s all about the passion.



Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Dancing in the Dark”: Achingly slow, the music matches the lyrics in Mary’s version.



And my bonus cheat:

Eddie Vedder, “Darkness on the Edge of Town”: Fine, it’s a duet. But “that voice singing his songs,” particularly this one, will not soon be forgotten.



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