An Open Letter to John Sharkey III
Have you ever told a story? You know.. like a STORY. Characters, setting, conflict, etc. You get that - you’re a writer. It’s cool. I’m not mad. I mean, I get it. I’m super bummed about all the fake rappers and stuff not really living the strife anymore. Sick of them clogging up the radio waves and all. In the end it’s all about being honest. Working hard. Living the life. Being true to yourself.
Bruce is deserving of all of this. The fame/fortune/artistic freedom to pump bullshit/your hate/whatever else. He wrote good songs, thats undeniable. I’m not sure if people actually think he is the characters he writes about.. (ragamuffin gunner, jimmy the saint, wild billy, big bones billie, little dynamite, bad scooter, big man, fish lady, young scott, broadway mary, joan fontaine, blah blah blah) they get its fantasy, its stories set in monmouth county, on the beach, in muscle cars, warm beers, pre-internet, its americana, dude.
Man i love that Springsteen track where he is like “MANN WORKING IN A FACTORY IS FUCKING AWESOME I LOVE MY JOB ITS THE BEST I MAKE SO MUCH MONEY AND MY BODY FEELS GREAT”. I dont claim to get bruce but i get hes trying to say “look guys working is a reality, it sucks, some people work shitty jobs, but thats life, im just going to try and jam on it.” So fake.
Bruce is not the working man - he never claimed to be. He romanticized it. I get you dont dig that because you live it - that’s fine. Respect. I don’t even like Born in the USA. His dad was a bus driver. Oh, and Dylan sucked too.
Tonight when i catch my 10+ bruce show with my parents (both from Monmouth County) I’ll hold a lighter up and bask in the vacuousness that is the bruce spectacle - because it’s all i’ve ever known.
It’s all a love story. What were you doing when you were 23?
(in response to this article)