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
Well just don't sit there
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...