Growin’ Up – a blog about life after Smith by Lauren Kaelin ’10 Crossing borders

July 30, 2010

Bruce Springsteen was a guest on the Daily Show a few summers ago. Jon Stewart, a fellow New Jersey native, could not help but hide his awe of his beloved Boss. It was actually really endearing—the liberal news media mogul reminiscing about the Springsteen concerts he went to, the song requests he shouted from the back.

The most moving part of the special episode was in the seventh minute when Stewart admitted that Springsteen was the inspiration with his initial trip to New York.

“I do what I do because of Bruce Springsteen and I’ll tell you why. You introduced on to the concept of the other side. You introduced me to the concept of– you go through the tunnel, and you take a chance, and you can work to get away from your circumstance. And by working to get away from your circumstance you can make something better of yourself. But there’s no guarantee. What I loved about what you do and your music is… it’s complex. You can work to change what you do but when you get the other side– you may be the rat and you may get gunned down in the street. But the joy of it is chasing that dream and that was my inspiration for leaving New Jersey and going to New York.

I just wanted to thank you personally from the bottom of my heart for giving me something to put in the dashboard as I drove a UHaul van through the Holland Tunnel.

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