Letters to the Editor

From the week of April 13

Nearly as silly as Ms. Bond wondering at how Springsteen's words of struggle, conflict and resilience resonated with the middle-class, middle-aged crowd whose primary work is pushing the buttons on a cell phone.

In an effort to relieve Ms. Bond of the stress of wrestling with this phenomenon, let me offer a little insight. Many of us spent years toiling at what seemed to be endless work, toward far-away dreams, mired in confusion. Those fingers at the cell phone have often worked until they were dirty beyond cleaning and beaten and cracked. We wore baseball caps and held Budweisers, which we raised with and to Bruce as he told our stories. We danced as he gave us a way to express the poetry of our lives. We listened as he helped us understand the lives of others. We haven't forgotten the power of that poetry or the joy of the rock in the music just because we can afford a leather jacket. The words to the songs resonate just fine. They always have and they always will makes us feel "some goddamned thing."

You can rest easy, Ms. Bond: Springsteen's vision is no curse.
Robert Pepin

I'm not sure which concert Laura Bond attended, but it wasn't the same Springsteen concert that I did.

Apparently she was dancing in the dark corporate boxes with the rich, and not with us upper-middle class in the stands and on the floor dressed in our blue jeans. My senses were rattled and my heart awakened for the full three hours. That night made me feel grateful for a wonderful life, good friends and a loving family. Maybe the Boss stirred in me the fact that we take our blessings so for granted.

I have reason to believe the only person unable to relate is the critic herself. Some of us have started at the bottom, and we can appreciate where our lives are now. Bruce and the E-Street Band are the healthiest-looking and most energetic "old" band on tour and were able to prove all night that they were better than the rest. (Have you seen Johnny Cash lately?) Ms. Bond would have been smart to fade away in her pink Cadillac and let one of the many fans who couldn't get tickets experience the electricity of that truly magical evening.
Marnee Troop

I am a non-white person who happened to see the Springsteen Denver concerts (and, admittedly, several others). I respect Laura Bond's right to publish her comments, but her statement that at Springsteen's "loud, rocking numbers...there were more raised fists than at an Aryan youth rally" goes way too far. This is a totally politicized, inflammatory suggestion that goes way beyond what rock-and-roll music means to people, particularly to individuals like myself who believe that Springsteen's music is important and still relevant. I don't know what she was implying, but her statement is totally out of line.
Name withheld on request
via the Internet

China at Sea
I could not believe Westword's irresponsible behavior in publishing Kyle Wagner's "Good Fortune," her April 6 review of the Twin Dragon. Or, more accurately, her "review" of its alcoholic offerings. This was nothing but a celebration of the sort of irresponsible drinking that went out in the '80s, and with good reason. Shame on you.
Tammi Fendell
via the Internet

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