Too Beautiful to Live

"I got one LAST thing to say!"

That's how Bruce Springsteen introduces "Raise Your Hand" on the greatest box set ever released, Live 1975-1985. He then goes on to sing:

If there's something you need

That you just don't have

Well just don't sit there

Feeling bad

Come on now get up

Try and understand

Just raise your hand

Well BPP fans new and old, and young and old, you've certainly done that.

I want to first apologize for being largely M.I.A. online since this maelstrom hit. The truth is, the outpouring of affection for our show has been surprising to the whole BPP crew, and while some understandably take comfort in knowing this thing was really reaching people, I've found it more maddening than anything. It's even harder to handle being cancelled when you're faced with so many reminders that you were succeeding.

Working on a radio show is strange in a way, because you never see your audience. Sometimes friends ask me, "Don't you get nervous when you go on the air?" And I always respond, "No. Because I convince myself nobody's listening." (Why would going into a room and talking to your friends make you nervous?) But thanks to the wonders of the interwebs, the studio wall, like so many others, is coming down. And I just want to say thanks to everyone who's written so many nice things about the show, especially Shelley Bishop, who named a baby chick after me. (It's not her firstborn son, but she did promise not to eat it, so I can't complain.)

Although the weight of the BPP's cancellation is heavy, I'm cheering myself up by looking forward to this Sunday, when I'm going to see Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Giants Stadium, in New Jersey. All music fans remember their first concert, and mine was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in Giants Stadium, in New Jersey...in 1985. I was eight.

For those of you who aren't lucky enough to be going to the show, I promise to post a full recap and review on the new site Monday morning. (You didn't think a little cancellation would stop us, did you?) For now, enjoy Bruce and the boys back in the day performing "Raise Your Hand." They have other songs I love more, but this one sure seems applicable right now, especially about 2:30 into the video. And it got my booty shaking...

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I think a lot of people would like to scream "NPR SUCKS" and be done w/the whole thing. But as you can see from the BPP community, we think you guys rock. I've mentioned it before, and I'll mention it again. No, I'm gonna straight up beg, please please keep tweeting and updating Facebook and updating Web site. If you all can't stay together as a team right now, there's a LOT of us out here who want to follow each individual special, awesome talent as you determine what to do next. Maybe it was the wrong thing to do, but I have boycotted NPR pledging until BPP returns. Sorry, but they DO NOT LISTEN to the people who keep them in business. I'm 40. I'm not so far over the hill my brain is mushy and I'm not interested in new technology and cool takes on current news. Oh, and I can spot great journalistic talent when I hear it. I've heard a steady stream of it through BPP, and the Mr. Methane piece didn't bother me a bit!

Sent by T. Weiss | 9:47 PM | 7-23-2008

Miss you already, Pashman. I love all you BPPeeps but you're the only one who was ever me.

Sent by Maura @m_a_u_r_a | 11:48 PM | 7-23-2008

A little off topic, but Dan, I made a burger tonight and put the cheese on the bottom. I was skeptical at first, but I got so much more cheesy goodness with it on the bottom than I've ever gotten with it on top! I'm really going to miss this show!

Sent by Jeremy | 11:54 PM | 7-23-2008

"I promise to post a full recap and review on the new site Monday morning. (You didn't think a little cancellation would stop us, did you?)"

So the BPP will continue to have a web presence at npr.org even after Epic Fail Friday? That's the best news I've heard in nearly two weeks.

As a former radio news anchor I know exactly what you mean about convincing yourself that no one is listening. And it was WAY easier to do pre-interwebs.

My compliments to the entire crew for continuing to put out a terrific product in the face of adversity. (And by "adversity" I mean the steaming pile of bull hockey that NPR management has deposited on the verdant green lawn of Bryant Park.)

Sent by Sharon Bowker | 1:53 AM | 7-24-2008

You may be able to quote "The Boss" but I have Ms. Britney Spears a.k.a. "The Bard" from "Why Should I Be Sad?"

"Why should I be sad, heaven knows, from the stupid freakin' things that you do?
Why should I get mad, feel sad, who knows?
Just take it all as a sign that we're through, goodbye.
It's time for me to move along, goodbye.
It's time for me to get it on, ok.
I'm tired of singing sad songs, alright.
It's time for me.
[Britney let's go]"

Sent by Nathan in Holland | 4:08 AM | 7-24-2008

6:59: morning commute blues,
7:00: opening BPP music and dancing shoes.

Nothing dissolves the stresses of life quite like dancing in my car to the opening credits of BPP every morning. What am I supposed to do now?

Sent by Cullen | 7:18 AM | 7-24-2008

Pashman, you're awesome.

I'm thirty-nine years old. This was radio that I cared about, dammit.

I think I slipped back to the anger stage, but this is the song that keeps going through my head.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URz1qJ3aC4M

"And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt!"

I'm so mad at NPR right now, I could say curse words at Robert Siegel. Yeah. That mad. And it's not his fault, but he's the one I'm going to be hearing now instead of you delightful, wonderful, brilliant people, and I want you guys instead.

Sent by Sky Bluesky | 12:40 PM | 7-24-2008