Friday, July 4, 2014
Song Spotlight - "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
Much like in 2012, Independence Day has fallen in sync with our posting schedule. Rather than spotlight "Independence Day", a somber tune about leaving home, I figured I'd double-dip and go take yet another look at "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)". When I previously discussed "No Surrender", I praised the lyrics for their ability to paint specific images in my head. In "4th of July", Bruce nails the feeling of youthful adventure you'd have on the boardwalks of South Jersey. Springsteen is able to capture all the highlights of a trip to the boardwalk: the old arcades, the fortune tellers hustling for a buck, and, finally, to the fireworks that cap the weekend nights. Listening to this song, you can practically feel the ocean wind blowing sand in your face. It takes a lot of guts to name a song for a specific time and place, but this song lives up to its own billing with a perfect encapsulation of the moment.