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LeeLee Goes to “Mecca”

Published on March 19, 2013, by in LeeLee Blogs.

The First Lady of the E Street Band, Patti Scialfa, offers very powerful words in the documentary- “Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run.”

“Music will deliver you. Music will have the power to change you.”

That sound bite is one of my favorites…ever!  It speaks volumes to me especially since her hubby’s music has definitely “changed” me.  I truly believe Bruce’s music will “deliver” me to a new destination.  I’m already half way there and on a wonderful journey through my website, Lee Lee’s Room.  All thanks to Bruce.  Lee Lee’s Room is my special therapeutic place where I can combine my passion for music (specifically Springsteen tunes) with my passion for storytelling and writing.

So, Mrs. Springsteen, you are 100 percent on point and on key!

“Music will deliver you.  Music will have the power to change you.”

If you haven’t already watched the documentary, “Wings for Wheels: The Making of Born to Run”… please do.  It’s must see TV.  It reveals up close and personal thoughts from Bruce and the E Street Band.  It shows an unfiltered and emotional artist at work.  It’s a sneak peak into his creative process. He was so determined to create a masterpiece.  Well, he had to.  He was under enormous pressure from his record label. It was sink or swim for Bruce. His two previous albums- “Greetings from Asbury Park” and “The Wild, The Innocent, and The E Street Shuffle” didn’t really make an impact on the music charts in 1973 and 1974. Not surprisingly, the band spent 6 months and logged a ridiculous amount of hours just perfecting the title track, “Born to Run.” Obviously, the passion and perseverance paid off.  The song as well as the album, “Born to Run” “changed” Bruce’s life forever. It “delivered” him to the music world.  “Born to Run” put him in the spotlight, on the cover of Newsweek and Time Magazines (during the same week in 1975) and secured his place in the business of Rock and Roll.  Thirty-five years after the release of “Born to Run,” the spotlight still continues to shine brightly.

Again, Mrs. Springsteen, you are 100 percent on point and on key!

“Music will deliver you.  Music will have the power to change you.”

Not only does Patti deserve credit for one of my favorite sound bites ever, she also wins the trophy for one of my favorite lyrics.  In her very own song, “Looking for Elvis,” I can’t help but feel or wish to think that she’s singing to me.

I’m just looking for some inspiration

I’m looking for something to rock my soul

I’m looking for a brand new destination

I’m looking for Elvis down a Memphis road

I’m looking for Elvis

Patti may be looking for Elvis, but I’m always looking for Bruce!

I’m just looking for some inspiration

Just this past weekend, I was looking for inspiration. I looked for it and found it down the shore. Not down a Memphis road but instead down a road in Long Branch, New Jersey. Down to West End Court to be exact.  To the house where Bruce wrote the “Born to Run” album.  Standing outside the beach cottage was heavenly.  This was my pilgrimage to Mecca. 7 West End Court is Holy Land to me. It’s the birthplace of a remarkable album that ultimately ignited Bruce Springsteen’s career.

Outside the house where Bruce wrote "Born to Run"

Outside the house where Bruce wrote “Born to Run”

While standing outside the cottage, I took a moment to reflect. I was extremely thankful for the inspiration and idea to embark on a creative journey through Lee Lee’s Room. I also prayed for what I considered “divine” I mean “Bruce” intervention. I needed some Springsteen good down the shore karma.  I wished for the same writing vibes, ambition, and motivation that Bruce found in that house to somehow pass onto me. I was looking for some inspiration down West End Court.  It was a powerful moment. Amen!



One Response

  1. Julia

    Wow! LOVE seeing you in front of ‘that’ house! You will undoubtedly always find your inspiration…afterall, you do have Bruce as your muse ;) Your passion and dedication are inspirational. Rock on Lee Lee!