I had such a crush on Bruce Springsteen back when “Born in the U.S.A.” was released. I loved his song and video “Dancing in the Dark” and wished I was Courtney Cox in the video, getting pulled up on stage to dance with him. I also dressed up as Bruce Springsteen for Halloween that year – guitar (made of cardboard), white shirt, jeans and my mom painted a 5 o’clock shadow/beard on me. I think I was in 6th grade at the time.
Later that night when a group of us went trick-or-treating, we saw the local TV station set up to interview some kids. We approached them, and the lady asked me who I was supposed to be, so I told her I was supposed to be Bruce Springsteen. “Oh? I’m not familiar with his music, could you sing one of his songs?” My shyness finally caught up with me, but not before I quickly sang one line, “Born in the U.S.A…” The lady said, “I couldn’t quite hear you, could you sing that louder? So I did, and I think that’s all she needed. She moved on to other kids, and I was so excited that I might be on the news.
I was! They were showing a funny montage of all the costumes that night, and I remember the lady showing a photo of a dog dressed up and said, “What’s a dog to do? Maybe ask Bruce Springsteen?” Suddenly I appeared and they showed the clip of me singing “Born in the U.S.A.”. My “fifteen minutes”…er…well seconds.
One of my brothers bought me a poster with Bruce Springsteen on it. The poster shows him lying down, wearing jeans and a black, leather jacket, looking all steamy and serious. I loved it, wish I still had that poster, because I would’ve posted that one instead of a photo I had to find online.
Anyway, the reason for me telling you all of this is because NoRegrets chose the word “Jersey” for this week’s Saturday Scavenger Shots. And since I never wear sports jerseys, I thought I’d talk about Bruce Springsteen who was born in New Jersey!