Tubas, Mandos, Bill Gates, and Bruce
This is the prequel to a short and irregular series on The Springsteen Seeger Session phenomena. What brings this on? Thanks to a nudge, I found myself at Blossom last night, enjoying Springsteen and his 16 person Seeger Session Band from about the 15th row. Among the players was a guy who spent most of the night with a Tuba on his back, but who traded it for mando on a couple numbers. How does that happen?
And here's something to ponder, sort of in the spirit of my dear friend Shannon's random thoughts:
Bruce's version of Pay Me My Money Down contains the line,
Well I wish that I was Mr. Gates
Pay me my money down
Bring me my money all in crates
Pay me my money down.
Bill gates announced this week that he will retire in 2008 in order to concentrate on giving his money away.
WHAT a coinky-dinky!
Ponder that. I'm going to go enjoy the weather and try to think of a way to convey the experience of the show in less than 10 installments. Meanwhile, enjoy some video from the tour here courtesy of AOL. (Sorry, Mr. Gates.)