i can’t think of anything else to say

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  1. mark
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I stood around outside for two hours, yelling over the crowd, telling people that it was their last chance to register if they wanted to vote in the upcoming election. I talked with hundreds of people, and every single one of them (except for those that weren’t of age, or US citizens) said that they’d already registered. My friend Jim, who was also volunteering, got one person to register.

    Springsteen was good. Growing up in New Jersey in the mid-80’s, I kind of burned out on him, but I think I’m ready to like him again.

    Blah, blah, blah…

    I really don’t have anything to say. I just felt like I had to post something saying that I was there, at the event.

    Oh, I still don’t like Debbie Dingell. Her voice cuts through me like a chain saw.

  2. mark
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 7:53 am | Permalink

    And, by the way, I vote for this being the worst post ever on MM.com. I challenge anyone to find something more insipid in the archives.

  3. EL
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    Sorry, Mark, but your post has to do with Bruce Springsteen, which therefore disqualifies it from being the “worst post ever” on your blog. It automatically moves into at least the top third.

    (Disclaimer: my addiction to Springsteen’s stuff, esp. from the 70s, has been full-blown for the past year. Dangerously so. Ninety percent of my idle thoughts, sadly, are given over to lyrics from Blinded by the Light, Rosalita, Thunder Road, Born to Run, and Jungleland.)


  4. Oliva
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    Debbie Dingell didn’t seem to get that her microphone was on so she didn’t need to scream, but scream she did–very grating and offputting. (Her husband is hard of hearing–maybe she speaks like that all the time so he can hear her?) And she awkwardly didn’t get what the crowd was shouting so she repeated her line about not being negative. Not a fine day for her.

    Then the political pitches began; Debbie Dingell spoke, then her husband, U.S. Rep. John Dingell. “You need to take your roommates … you need to take your teammates … and go out and vote. Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic ticket needs you,” Debbie Dingell screamed.

    Dingell apparently didn’t realize that the groundswell of “Bruuuuce” cheers weren’t “boos.” “Negativity won’t win us the election,” she said to the puzzled crowd.


  5. Paw
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    “Bruce Springsteen: Bipedal Human Being”

  6. UBU
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I just got the “Tracks” box set, four CD’s of unreleased Bruce material that’s now avaiable for pretty cheap — there’s some really neat stuff on there… as for MM’s most insipid post — how many grains of sand are there on the beach in Asbury Park?

  7. Old Goat
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    The ‘BOSS’ lived up to expectations, maybe even surpassed. That fellar can sure get a lot of sound out of only one guitar. His passionate reasoning for why the U.S.A. needs Obama to be president was both thoughtful and convincing…and ending the show with a really fine interpretation of one of Americans best sing along songs, (This Land was made for You and Me!), was fitting, moving and payed tribute to its author. Og

  8. Mark H.
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Bruce did 8 songs, only one them one of his big hits (“Thunder Road”). He picked songs that fit our moment in time — and he did “Used Cars,” an obscure Bruce song from his 1982 “Nebraska” — and it’s reference to “Michigan Avenue” was a hit here in Ypsi.

    Bruce also said “Ypsilanti, glad to be here. Don’t know how to spell it but glad to be here!” His “Devils and Dust” is one on the mpst reflective pop culture works on the nature of war, ever, in my opinion, and he played it in Ypsilanti.

  9. Oliva
    Posted October 7, 2008 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I sure did like his little (but meaningful) tweak of his original lyric “Well, I got this guitar, and I’m learnin’ how to make it talk.” Yesterday he sang, “Well, I got this guitar, and I learned how to make it talk.”

    Learned how to help change our national politics too, very admirably.

  10. Jim
    Posted October 8, 2008 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Hey Mark, I registered *two* voters! I think most everyone there was already fired up and ready to go.

  11. cra
    Posted October 9, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    check out the lead story at http://www.emueagles.com as ypsi you are about to get youre world ROCKED again !

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