“Just take those old records off the shelf, I’ll sit and listen to ’em by myself.” Yep, that’s pretty much me. (If you didn’t sing that while you read it, I’m sorry, but we can’t be friends). I seem to have a love for the 80s era, more than todays music. I often find myself doing house work or driving, listening to music that most people my age wouldn’t listen to. I thank my parents for having such a love for music, and passing it down to me as I could listen to and enjoy almost any genre. I love the art and history told through lyrics, and the way it can have such an impact on its audience, by creating many memories, or even lessons. Although, I didn’t experience living in the 80s (born in 1999), I love making its music apart of my life.
It’s no secret that the era is still alive and rocking today, due to its ongoing publicity. I love driving through Rockhampton as I kick back with my shades on, pretending I’m some superstar, listening to 100.7 Sea FM Rockhampton radio station, as they play “Paradise City” or “Talk it Over“. Bruce Springsteen aka ‘The Boss”, is one of my favourite artists of all time, why? Because his music is so real and relatable. I feel that through just about every song he has produced, anyone can relate the lyrics back to their own experiences. Even Eric Church sings about his memories of ‘Springsteen’.
I’m only just starting to live through my ‘glory days’, and I’ve already created so many memories through Springsteen’s music. Whether its dancing to ‘Born in the U.S.A’ with my best friend at the Alpha Rodeo, or tapping out the back beat on the steering wheel to ‘Working on the Highway’. I also love the love both of my parents have for Springsteen’s music, and how they tell me about their ‘glory days’. One song can have such an impact on many people, just like these legendary songs do. Now that’s real.
I’ll never forget how excited I was when I found my first Bruce Springsteen t-shirt at Cotton On in Airlie Beach. I don’t know if I was more excited at the price tag of $5, or because it had the ‘Born in the U.S.A’ album on the front. Okay, maybe it was a bit of both, but man I wear that shirt everywhere. She’s a beauty. I wear it with double denim and I feel like a real 80’s freak. I mean, it doesn’t get anymore real than that.
I hope this music never dies. “You can’t start a fire without a spark”, and that’s exactly what Springsteen did with his music. Just from my own knowledge and experiences Springsteen has left a spark on so many people I know. I also love his originality, just in his personality (hehe, that rhymes). An artist who can get on stage, dressed in jeans and a white t-shirt while singing an all time classic, is truly inspirational by being so authentic through their lyrics and style.
Thank you for being so inspirational and original through your work. Thank you for creating music that’s still alive 30 years later, and still creating ‘glory days’ for 17 year olds like myself. Your albums will forever live in my car.
- Shirt – Cotton On
- Skirt & glasses – Factory
- Jacket – Kmart
- Boots – Dublin (horseland)