For the people who only know me as an author, you might not know how much of an influence Bruce has been on my life. I started listening as a teenager when I was going through a rough patch and couldn’t sleep. My brother brought me a Bruce mix and said to try that, because it was what our dad listened to when we were kids. I got to Atlantic City, cried (which I hadn’t been able to do all week), and finally slept.
My first show was twenty years and three weeks ago today. And it was a level of catharsis I never knew existed. I was hooked.
Little known fact: in 2010, I self-published a novel called Beyond the Palace, and my characters met following Bruce on the Rising tour (hey, they say to write what you know, right?). The story was inspired by the song “Backstreets,” which I first heard live after my dad and I crashed @stevievanzandt’s press conference for his Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. I told him I used “Born to Run” when I teach poetry and asked if he would ask Bruce to play “Backstreets” for me. He did.
So when Bruce played “Backstreets” tonight, it hit me how far I’ve come. I’m a bestselling author now. And I cried through the whole song.
My soul needed this. And yes, that’s Bruce holding my hand. Major shoutout to my husband for getting that shot (again! Bruce loves me too!) And an extra big thank you to @sarahbishi for babysitting. My last E Street show was when I was pregnant with Jacob! It’s amazing how much has changed and how much is still the same.
And if you’ve read this far, yes, Beyond the Palace is still in print, under my maiden name.
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