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Greetings Jean Paul Bellanger,

For this month’s video blog, I took a moment to interview my fellow bandmate Tony Brannon after one of our Thursday night Open Mic Night shows at Hog Penny. In addition to seeing use perform some tunes, you also get to hear Tony discuss the details behind the Bermuda John Lennon Tribute that he is currently producing. A very cool project that involves a stacked roster of artists for both the tribute CD and concert next month.. plus a very cool and brand new John Lennon sculpture right here in Bermuda!


I’m also debuting a new feature this month I call Classic Album Rewind, where I talk about a specific rock n’ roll record that was influential to me. Check out my take on Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” below.

Enjoy and I’ll see you again next week – stay in touch!

Rock on,



Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (1975)
Born To Run (iTunes)

MY favorite rock album of all time, but funny enough not the first Bruce Springsteen album that I ever really got into.. That was “Born In The USA” (probably the best driving record ever). Most critics rank “Born To Run” in the top 10 all-time, but for me it was more about discovering the early stuff from Bruce when I was first busking (street performing) on the street in the late ’90s after finishing highschool. His material translated great for a teenager on the Inner Harbour of downtown Victoria, BC banging out rock n’ roll tunes on an acoustic guitar and shouting his lungs out.

The record is such a solid listen from the lonesome strains of the opening harmonica on “Thunder Road” to the epic ending of the final track “Jungleland” (recognize that cool violin dynamic?). It’s a punchy record with only 4 tracks per side and the quality of captured rock n’ roll dreams that Bruce conjures keeps any classic rock music fan in rapture throughout. The passion and abandon that he presents in both his writing and singing is what really caught my ear when I was growing up. He was my musical idol to lean on when I was first searching for my own singer’s voice as a kid. I loved his tunes and swagger way back when and still do to this day… rock on, Bruce 😉

Below are my favorite lines from each of the album’s songs (in playlist order) plus links to hear the songs on iTunes. Please discover these great tracks for yourself:

Thunder Road “Show a little faith, there’s magic in the night / You ain’t a beauty, but hey you’re alright” – One of the first tunes I ever learned to play harmonica on.

Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out “When the change was made uptown / And the Big Man joined the band” – I always picture Clarence Clemons on sax towering over Bruce onstage when I hear this lyric, RIP Brother.

Night “And she’s so pretty that you’re lost in the stars / As you jockey your way through the cars / And sit at the light, as it changes to green / With your faith in your machine off you scream into the night” – Brings to memory highschool and driving in cars with my girlfriend – captured perfectly.

Backstreets “One soft infested summer me and Terry became friends / Trying in vain to breathe the fire we was born in” – The first line of the song.. rock n’ roll passion at Bruce’s finest.

Born To Run “The amusement park rises bold and stark / Kids are huddled on the beach in a mist” – Reminds me of everything cool about sneaking out late with my buds as an angry 13 year-old.

She’s The One “Standing in that doorway like a dream / I wish she’d just leave me alone / Because french cream won’t soften them boots / And french kisses will not break that heart of stone” – She IS the one… Bo Diddley beat at its finest.

Meeting Across The River “And remember, just don’t smile / Change your shirt, ’cause tonight we got style” – 2 cats getting ready to throw all their eggs in one basket for a big score – classic narrative.

Jungleland “Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge / Drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain” – Easily one of the sexiest lines in rock n’ roll history… speaks so much with so little.

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“Dear Richie,Congrats on your new album done and delivered.

It’s been a long 14 years since your last record, man..

You’ve been an inspiration to me since 1988! Thank you for all the great rock n’ roll music you make.

Rock on,



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