Monday, February 6, 2012

Springsteen Video of the Week - Jon Stewart's Tribute At The Kennedy Center Honors

As mentioned in the first week of the blog, Jon Stewart is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. When I saw The Daily Show live last December, the last song he played before emerging from the back to greet his audience was "Born To Run". In this video, Stewart, like your humble blog editors, claims not to be an expert on music or music history, but, like us, he "is from New Jersey." He delivers a beautiful, poignant, and funny speech, with some amazing lines. ("When you listen to Bruce's music, you aren't a loser - you are a character, in an epic poem....about losers") The latter half of the video regrettably ditches the comedy and focuses on the sentimentality, but is worth watching for some great old photos and concert footage. Plus, you have to love the Kennedy Center honor - a medallion with a rainbow collar. It's tough to make this award look masculine, but Bruce pulls it off.

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