After two albums and millions of records sold, Springsteen had about $20,000 to his name.
That’s what he said in his autobiographical book, “Born to Run.”
They had just finished up the album, Darkness on the Edge of Town. His manager came in and slapped him on the back with that news.
What did Bruce do?
Said, “Time to make some money boys.” He got busy writing, touring, and making some money.
One thing I’ve learned about Bruce in his book. He’s a control freak… I knew I liked him.
And, he’s got blue collar work ethics which raises hell with any studio tan mentality.
At this point in his career, he’d gotten a taste of money and success. Just enough to dribble through his fingers into someone else’s from all the legal, technical, and musical expense side of the biz.
After the many years of putting everything he had into his music, battling internal and external struggles, he could have just thrown in the guitar at that point.
And, even though he’s been more fortunate than most of us will be, we aren’t much different than old Bruce.
We have opportunity to crumple under failure in the wake of really hard work. Or, we can use it to learn and grow.
And that’s what we do ‘round here. Work on the learn and grow.
For instance, in the next issue of TuneBooster you’ll find out how to turn average lines into eye-poppers. Watch a dull lyric turn into a bright shiny object, and do a pre-flight checklist before taxiing the songwriting runway.
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