Once again I wish you a good day, and a week full of music to all the members and friends of the Music community. Like every week, today, Tuesday, I have returned with my participation for the initiative that my friend @ablaze offers us weekly, the Three Tune Tuesday, this time in its edition, number 69.
For today I have not brought an LP, but a cassette; yes, one of those prehistoric objects, hahahaha, that were also used to record and listen to music. In fact, they were very popular, because their sale price was lower than that of acetates, and also because they could be heard even inside cars (as long as they had a cassette player). And from my cassette collection I have brought you Bruce Springsteen (The Boss), a legendary American singer, who was very popular in the 80's and 90's.
Bruce Springsteen is one of the best rock singers and songwriters in the United States and worldwide, although he has ventured into other genres such as folk and ballads. This cassette that I want to share with everyone today corresponds to his eighth production, which came out in 1987, TUNNEL OF LOVE, where we hear a more leisurely and thoughtful Springsteen, perhaps a product of the failure of his first marriage. If you want to know more about the life of this extraordinary and prolific musician, you can consult many articles available on the web, as well as specialized magazines.
I didn't buy this cassette in 1987, but at the beginning of 1988, in my usual record store; and it turned out to be a surprise, because The Boss's turn in their music is remarkable, especially if you compare these songs with those that were part of their previous production, Born in the U.S.A., from which it is far from style and energy. This cassette had a cost of 110.00 bolivars, which in 1988 would be equivalent to 4.8 US dollars at that time.
When I made this purchase, I remember that they gave me a flyer from SONOTEK, a brand of virgin, empty or blank cassettes, which were used to record songs or voices on them; however, Springsteen's is not of this brand, but was edited by the record company CBS, in my country, Venezuela, to be marketed in Recordland stores and their affiliates, as you can see in the following photographs. As you may notice, the cassette is also labeled in black, which is typical of many original cassettes, since the ones that were sold in white for later recordings were usually transparent (well, not always). It also has its corresponding case and its "cover" in glazed paper printed with the data of the production, this in Spanish, because it was made in Venezuela for its commercialization in the country.
Ahora vamos con mis canciones / Now let's go with my songs
The first song I'd like to share with everyone, is the second song on side A, "Tougher Than the Rest ", a beautiful melody, a ballad, which I leave here accompanied by a nice video, which takes place in a live performance of The Boss and his band. The beginning is one of the things I like the most, and that drums sound too good, and Springsteen's voice is a poem, and of course, at the end he plays the harmonica in a great way. This song made me remember at the time (and still today), the punks and rockers who studied with me in High School and who appeared to be super tough, super tough, and many of them just had a good heart with a longing for tenderness and love. Let's look at this piece of the song:
The next song I brought, is number 3 on the B-side of the cassette, and it's called "Bright Disguise", and it's a song with more of a rock tone. I liked at that time the melody, a very good harmony, (like almost all Springsteen's songs), but I was also hooked by his lyrics, since the same goes about those magical moments, but also of great uncertainty, that we experience when we meet a new love, when we connect with someone we like, because very deep existential questions arise, that lead us to question whether what we are seeing is true or is simply a beautiful and brilliant disguise. Precisely at that time I was in such a situation, and I was analyzing whether or not the new love relationship was right for me. But let's take a look at some of these lyrics, and I'll also leave you with the official video, which is pretty good.
To finish the trio of recommendations in this musical Tuesday, I have brought the song "Valentine's Day", a beautiful ballad with hints of folk, which Springsteen sings with much feeling. Of this melody, more than the music, which is beautiful, I liked the lyrics, for its depth, and it happens, (as I said in my previous post), that I like songs that make me think, and this one made me think, for its content. It should be noted that at that time there was no Internet, but there were magazines specialized in music, and it was there that the young people of that time, we got the lyrics and information of the records. If we found the lyrics in English, what we did was to translate word for word in order to understand what we heard, (that helped me a lot in my English classes in High School). Take a look at these beautiful lyrics, so you can understand what I told you about this song:
Este ha sido mi aporte para esta genial iniciativa del amigo @ablaze en su edición número 69, a manera de homenaje a un extraordinario músico como es Bruce Springsteen (The Boss)
This has been my contribution to this great initiative of my friend @ablaze in its 69th edition, as a tribute to a extraordinary music, such as Bruce Springsteen (The Boss)
Todas las fotos de este post son de mi autoría y fueron tomadas con mi teléfono Xiomi REDMI 8 A // These photos are my own, and were taken with a Xiomi REDMI 8 A phone
Los divisores son de libre uso y se pueden encontrar / Dividers are free to use and can be found:
- En caso de que se requiera utilizar el contenido o las imágenes de este post y de mis otras publicaciones, agradecería que se hiciera referencia a mi autoría (Fabiola Martínez) y se citara el enlace correspondiente. Gracias. // In case it is required to use the content or images of this post and of my other publications, I would appreciate if you could refer to my authorship (Fabiola Martínez) and cite the corresponding link. Thanks.