Although I'm not the most devoted or knowledgeable fan of The Boss, I do love the earnestness and poetic detail in the dude's early (pre-1982-ish) songwriting. I also feel somewhat obligated to know what he's all about, since he grew up about a half-dozen miles from where I grew up in central New Jersey. 7.3 miles, to be precise. (Thanks, Google Maps!) The mother of one of my best friends went to high school with him in Freehold, NJ.
People who live in NJ are sometimes conflicted that a favorite son so often sung about GETTING OUT. As someone who got out, I'm not that conflicted. :-)
However, this weekend, I am taking the boy to the land of hemi-drones and giant Exxon signs. To prepare myself for the mythic environment, I plopped a few virtual pushpins onto a map of the area where fans have realized that Bruce was singing about real, specific locations. We will be exploring the inside of the following crooked pentagram, letting the ley line energy flow over us...
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