7Mar

Bruce Springsteen – New York City Serenade

This is one of my favourite Bruce Springsteen songs. It reminds me a lot of Underworld, by Don DeLillo. (Here’s a post on that novel from almost eight years agoChrist, eight years.) Clearly both are different; but for me it’s more a case that they zoom in on little street portraits, and those vignettes create something greater than the sum of the parts.

What I’ve been working on recently completely avoids cities, but songs like this really make me miss writing about them. (Or the made-up people who inhabit them.)

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About Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.

2 comments

  1. Thank you for this. Lived in the Rotten Apple for 18 years and still miss it.
    I also adore Bruce Springsteen. Had the good fortune to hear him live at Max’s Kansas City just after he signed with Columbia Records.

    How did i not know you had a blog – Mea culpa. Hope your new writing project is coming along happily.

  2. Thank you for this. Lived in the Rotten Apple for 18 years and still miss it.

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