Growing’ Up was initially recorded on June 7, 1972, Springsteen’s first day in the studio as a Columbia recording artist… The piano sketches a repetitive dreamlike pattern, drifting to “once upon a time.” … It’s about youth and defiance, and the possibility that becoming a rock star might be the answer to everything.

I was thinking about songs people choose for their weddings. Have you noticed how inappropriate some of these are? (Yes, I realize I’m not one to talk.) I went to DJ web sites and looked at “top wedding picks.” The same dumb songs turned up again and again. As Mandy Patinkin’s Inigo Montoya said in The Princess Bride, “I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

… released another classic show in its entirety: the famous New Year’s Eve concert at Nassau Coliseum, 1980. This marathon stood as his longest show for the next three decades – 38 songs in 3 hours, 48 minutes. (Many claim Springsteen used to perform 4-hour concerts all the time, but that mark wasn’t actually broken until Helsinki, 2012.) Arriving just six weeks after another New Year’s Eve show (Tower Theater, 1975), carefully mixed and mastered, this might be the first one from the vaults to be unanimously voted a must-have by fans.

On New Years Eve, I attended a party and ended up in the basement with thirteen year-olds. The cellar consensus was that the Beatles are the best pop/rock group ever; of course, this made the conversation more interesting than anything upstairs, and refuted the coincident media firestorm about how young people today (Kayne West fans in particular) have no idea who Paul McCartney might be. And so, for my new teenaged friends, my favorite Beatles tracks.