Welcome to my new blog, A Beautiful Thud, where I will share my view on life, music, media, technology, my writing, and whatever else crosses my path.
In the daily adventures of my normal life I am always listening to music, using technology and learning about the world around me. I hope that sharing these aspects of my life, what I see, and what I think, will help and inspire others (and myself) to explore new ways to do things, find new music to enjoy, and use the tools that are at our disposal to educate and mold our lives. My plan is for this to be dynamic, change through time, and possibly morph into something thing else entirely. Time will tell.
“…..a beautiful thud” is the end of a line from the third and final verse of Bruce Springsteen’s Lost in the Flood (from his 1973 debut album Greetings From Asbury Park N.J.). Lost in the Flood is one of my top 10 favorite Springsteen songs, both from a lyrical and musical standpoint. It is a sparse piano-driven song that builds in intensity throughout the three verses. Like Dylan’s Desolation Row, Lost in the Flood tells us about characters that are lost in their life, whether they are a victim of their own circumstances or stuck in a life that they can’t get out of (U2 song reference unintentional). With intricate detail, strong emotions, and memorable characters, this is one of the first Springsteen songs that hit me hard from the start, and shows that everything in life will work out fine.
As Lost in the Flood almost comes to a close, the line “Hey, man, did you see that? His body hit the street with a beautiful thud.”
reminds me that while life can be tough, sometimes the most awful things lead to something great and beautiful. In this song, when the body hits the street all those that are lost can now find themselves as they are now free. One can only hope.
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