Dear Bruce: (if you’re at work)…

March 11, 2014

Dear Bruce:

Really enjoying your new use of instagram and the photos you’ve been posting to your website.

Yes, you just got home from a long tour and could be taking it easy.  But since the pictures were taken in your “workroom,” here’s hoping you are:

1. Figuring out how to work the new songs from High Hopes into the setlists for the upcoming shows.

2. Looking over your back catalog and considering some new things to play this spring (how about “30 Days Out?”)

3. Putting together the River box-set.

4. Arranging that new full-band version of “Real World” I suggested to you last year.

5. Listening to recordings from past shows and finding some favorites to use for the start of an archive download series.

6. Thinking about balancing your setlists with both your “classic” material – songs such as “Badlands” and “Born in the USA” and the best of your “contemporary” material – songs such as “Long Walk Home” and “Rocky Ground.”

7. Drafting new essays for an update to the Songs book (you’ve put out 6 albums since The Rising!)

8. Reading the latest issue of Backstreets and making sure we didn’t make any mistakes.

9. Mulling over that auto-biography you’ve had kicking around for a while.

10. Writing new songs!

3 comments on “Dear Bruce: (if you’re at work)…

  1. Kathryn says:

    yes Bruce
    this is thoughtful, logical list
    please consider considering it
    especially the part about the River box set
    p.s. and please add some more local shows before you hear over to Europe again
    thanks!

  2. David Fisher says:

    Hope he takes up all of those!

    Also, as an aside, I was going to leave a late comment on your wristband story but cant’. Just wanted to throw it out there that, yes, I bought a wristband in Sydney (impulse buy), with the belief I could download just the one show.

    I’ve actually been able to use the wristband to buy three shows, and know others that have as well. While a only downloaded MP3 shows. If I downloaded three FLAC shows – I’d have saved money doing this therough the wristband versus justing buying the individual shows. IO’ve heard andecdotal stories of others doing the same. A vastly different outcome than what was first flagged (one wristband = one show).

  3. Dawn says:

    And most importantly hope you are having a very long well earned rest so when you come back to the UK we will have some of the best shows to look forward to! ;) please make it soon and please come back to Coventry :) x

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