Just returned from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and checking out the Bruce Springsteen exhibit. It was my first time at the Hall and it’s a nice museum. As somebody who enjoys music as much as I do baseball, it was a good way to spend a few hours. Sweeny Murti from WFAN, another committed Bruce fan, came along.
The best parts were the notebooks Bruce uses to write songs. They had some of the actual hand-written lyrics of some of his greatest songs with notes in the margins, scribbled out words and alternative verses. I read pretty much all of them. Fascinating stuff. Imagine seeing a rough draft of your favorite novel, that’s what it was like.
The display also had assorted memorabilia, guitars, clothing and even the Harley he rode through the Southwest a few years ago.
The most iconic object was Bruce’s famed 1952 Fender Telecaster guitar, first purchased in New Jersey in 1972 after he signed a record contract and used in so many concerts, including Super Bowl XLIII. There also was a nice display of assorted acoustic Takamine guitars and the four-track cassette recorder he used to record the Nebraska album at his home.
I was hoping there would be more representation of the E Street Band. But outside of a few items that belonged to Steve, Clarence and Danny, there wasn’t much. Of course, I’m insane when it comes to this stuff and I realize that. I stood there and stared at the actual audio tapes of the Hammond Demos like they were the Holy Grail.
For more on the Hall of Fame and Museum and the Bruce exhibit, visit rockhall.com
Blustery day here in Cleveland and rain is said to be on the way. Headed to the ballpark shortly and we’ll keep you updated all day.