On Bruce's birthday I thought I would reflect on the American Dream verses American Reality. The ideas, hopes and dreams of our generation. How when I was graduating high school our economy tanked. How the eighties were seen historically as an economic boom, but yet it was the time of the angriest music including punk and heavy metal. When Glen and I were first married and Born in the USA came out and we questioned why it is thought of as patriotic......but, it is true reality and that is why it is a good song to represent us. The sixties a great time in American history, especially with Art, music, television and the movie industry. Yet, the most turbulent with civil rights tensions, assassinations, Vietnam war, etc. The music tends to be an escape...if it's good or bad times the music tends to reflect it. When Wrecking Ball first came out....I was so disappointed. I listened to it in the car and cried a lot. Then Sandy came and went and Wrecking Ball had a new meaning. This storm did a lot of physical damage, but the psychological and economic blows it took will not be wiped away anytime soon. But, now I listen to Wrecking Ball and it is so helpful.......hard times come..........hard times go. I am in awe of the depth of songwriting of Bruce Springsteen. I am thankful that I have the music to help me through the hard times and celebrate the good times. I remember the first time I put the needle on the record of Badlands and how it helped me through the end of my teenage years.........you just gotta get through the bad times and know just around the corner is the light of day.