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Coloring Club Plus — 6/29/19

June 29

Per wikipedia:
A MusiCares Tribute to Bruce Springsteen is a concert video released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Download on March 25, 2014. It was filmed in 2013 at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony to honor and pay tribute to musician Bruce Springsteen for his artistic achievement in the music industry and dedication to philanthropy. The ceremony was hosted by Jon Stewart, and took place in L.A.

The venue is a giant space that is set up for dining and drinks for the stellar audience, with a Grammy or Academy Award assemblage of stars.  Jon Stewart is the perfect MC for the show and has his usual incisive and brilliant humor to keep things rolling.  I only got through part of the DVD and will plan on watching the rest after writing this post and doing the coloring.  The performances are quality, every one.

The Performers and the Playlist
“Adam Raised a Cain” (performed by Alabama Shakes)
“Because the Night” (performed by Patti Smith)
“Atlantic City (performed by Natalie Maines, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite)
“American Land” (performed by Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys)
“My City of Ruins” (performed by Mavis Staples and Zac Brown)
“I’m on Fire” (performed by Mumford and Sons)
“American Skin (41 Shots)” (performed by Jackson Browne and Tom Morello)
“My Hometown” (performed by Emmylou Harris)
“One Step Up” (performed by Kenny Chesney)
“Streets of Philadelphia” (performed by Elton John)
“Hungry Heart” (performed by Juanes)
“Tougher Than the Rest” (performed by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill)
“The Ghost of Tom Joad” (performed by Jim James and Tom Morello)
“Dancing in the Dark” (performed by John Legend)
“Lonesome Day” (performed by Sting)
“Born in the U.S.A.” (performed by Neil Young and Crazy Horse)
“We Take Care of Our Own,” “Death to My Hometown,” “Thunder Road,”
“Born to Run,” and “Glory Days” (performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)

The DVD cover says, “Columbia Records is proud, through this project, to provide essential support to MusiCares, which ensures that music people have a place to turn in times of financial, medical, and personal need.”

The cut I chose is “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” performed by Jim James and Tom Morello. These two guys take turns playing lead guitar and singing. Never heard of either one of them before but I have got to wonder why not, as you can hear how good they are. OK a brief blurb on each of them.

James Edward Olliges Jr. (born April 27, 1978), professionally known as Jim James or Yim Yames, is an American vocalist, guitarist, producer, and primary songwriter of the rock band My Morning Jacket. He has released three solo albums.

Thomas Baptiste Morello (born May 30, 1964) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. He is best known for his tenure with the band Rage Against the Machine and then with Audioslave. As of 2019, Morello is a member of the supergroup Prophets of Rage. Morello was also a touring musician with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. He is also known for his acoustic solo act, the Nightwatchman, and Street Sweeper Social Club. Morello also co-founded Axis of Justice, which airs a monthly program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles.

Men walking ‘long the railroad tracks
Going someplace, there’s no going back
Highway patrol choppers coming up over the ridge
Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge
Shelter line stretching ’round the corner
Welcome to the new world order
Families sleeping in the cars in the southwest
No home, no job, no peace, no rest

Well the highway is alive tonight
But nobody’s kidding nobody about where it goes
I’m sitting down here in the campfire light
Searching for the ghost of Tom Joad

He pulls a prayer book out of his sleeping bag
Preacher lights up a butt and he takes a drag
Waiting for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last
In a cardboard box ‘neath the underpass
You got a one-way ticket to the promised land
You got a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand
Sleeping on a pillow of solid rock
Bathing in the city’s aqueduct

Go!

Well the highway is alive tonight
Where it’s headed everybody knows
I’m sitting down here in the campfire light
Waiting on the ghost of Tom Joad

Now Tom said, “Mom, wherever there’s a cop beating a guy
Wherever a hungry newborn baby cries
Where there’s a fight against the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me, Mom, I’ll be there

Wherever somebody’s fighting for a place to stand
Or a decent job or a helping hand
Wherever somebody’s struggling to be free
Look in their eyes, Ma, and you’ll see me”
Yeah!

The highway is alive tonight
Where it’s headed everybody knows
I’m sitting down here in the campfire light
With the ghost of old Tom Joad
Songwriters: Bruce Springsteen

9 thoughts on “Coloring Club Plus — 6/29/19

  1. I haven’t seen this one.. saw a preview yesterday for a movie coming out in August- called Thunder Road- about how the music of Bruce Springsteen influenced the life of this young man in England. Looks interesting.

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    1. It is emotional watching it, as they keep cutting to Bruce and Patti in the audience, especially as the performers leave the stage and make eye contact with him. It’s a big production and well-organized (except when Elton John had to wait until the side stage got set and Jon Stewart had to ad-lib, which was funny). Dang I want to see Thunder Road when it comes out also.

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      1. From what I have read it is based on a true story- and the movie was written by the man whose life was influenced by Bruce- the film is set in 1987. He felt that Bruce’s music was speaking to him- and his life. The preview looked really good.

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