[31 January 2009]
If you were going to listen to The Boss and his E Street pals playing four songs in a stadium of 70,000 football (read casual Boss) fans, what would the play-list be? Of course, the national TV audience is much larger (up to 100 million viewers) and depending on who you ask (The NFL: up to one billion; a more reasoned calculus: 200 million), the world-wide viewership even greater. So, what 4 songs to play?
Well, in doing some prep for tomorrow’s real-time blogging, I happened across the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIII web site where they actually provide some sample sets and allow people to weigh in on their choices. The possible sets:
And the results? As of 1:00 a.m. on the day of the event, the tally in response to this question (”Which playlist do you predict Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will play on Super Bowl Sunday?”) was:
In terms of the choices, I suppose I can see the numbers running that way. Given that they asked for a prediction of a fixed set of choices.
Of course, an entirely different—and much more relevant—question would be: “if you could pick any song from The Boss’s catalogue, which 4 songs would you like to hear Bruce and the boys play?”
To which I would say:
Or, maybe sub-inRadio Nowhere for “Pay Me. . .
Of course, as a sporting event, I could see the logic of “Glory Days”. And as the quintessential American event, and The Boss being (rightly so) a political artist, I could understand “Born in the USA” (although, to my taste, it isn’t much of a song [musically]) or—given where America is now (and what it has endured these past 8 years)—with the groundswell of optimism over Obama’s accession to power—how about “The Rising
But, enough of my views. I could make Bruce play-lists all night. How about you? If you could make up your own list of 4, given the stadium setting, and the world-wide audience, what four might you choose? Weigh in, if only to keep us thinking. Or else to see how close you come to being on The Boss’s wavelength.