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“The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.”
- Bruce Springsteen -

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

#2 57 Channels and Nothin’ On by Bruce Springsteen

A reminder of life’s constant barrage of overpromise/underdeliver. Becoming sick of the shallow culture we’re surrounded by every day that leaves us feeling unfulfilled – constantly searching for that thing that’s going to take us away from it all…that’s going to fill that hole inside us but that constantly absorbs anything we try to fill it with. Instead of filling us up, the things we reach for take away any sense of passion and hope we have left.

I have been feeling completely stuck in my life. I hate my job with a passion, a passion that is speedily approaching apathy. I always felt I wanted to be a part of something bigger, something that actually makes a difference in the world. I don’t know what that is. The longer it takes me to figure it out, the more of my fire I lose. The more I’m forced to have conversations about the weather in the elevator and hear celebrity gossip, the more I lose my faith in humanity. The more alone I feel. Emptiness upon emptiness driving me insane. To quote another favorite writer of mine “Their handing out emptiness and we take it cuz it’s given / Free with its plastic innocence and these standards of living” (David Gray).

Every meaningless experience I have just makes me feel weaker and weaker. I can’t even stand going to Subway for lunch and ordering my sandwich every day. I hate that the girl behind the counter knows my sandwich by heart. I can’t stand grocery shopping or shopping of any kind. It’s the routine of it all I cannot face.

“I can see by your eyes friend you're just about gone / Fifty-seven channels and nothin' on... / Fifty-seven channels and nothin' “

I feel most alive when I’m at a live concert. I’ve been that way my whole life. I love the concert experience…a couple hours of just losing yourself in music, shouting at the top of your lungs. I always get really depressed after a concert. When I was younger I didn’t understand why. Now I know it’s because I want to live in that world, not just taste it once in a while. I want to live among people who create, who are passionate and have a purpose to their lives. I want to be part of that process that leads people to connect with one another, that frees people from their pain even if just for a short time.

I still don’t know what that all means. To quote an anonymous girl who came into our office one day: “I’ve been thinking about my life and I’m confused a bit”.

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  1. Be Here Now-Ray LaMontagne-give it a listen

  2. That's a really nice analysis of that song! Could you perhaps embed YouTube videos with your posts so we can sing along to the lyrics? :D

    And, before I forget, I hope that you can read this story of mine:

  3. just-adam,
    I will definitely check out the song!

    I did post an audio playlist on the right so you can listen, but I'll definitely consider youtube videos! And I have started reading your story...not done yet.

  4. Can you tell me how to embed a YouTube video?

  5. Here you go:

  6. Your writing is excellent! Keep me reading your posts,and your thoughts are similar to mine.
    Love being at a live concert,hate doing nothinhg in my life.