I spent much of today listening to Bruce Springsteen on my headphones at work in an effort to distract myself through an incredibly irritating bout of writer’s block.* One of the great things about having almost 300 Springsteen songs on my iPhone is that I rarely hear anywhere near all of them, so I’m always stumbling into tracks I love that I haven’t heard in a while.
Today’s example: the cover of “Erie Canal” that Bruce did with his Seeger Sessions Band a few years back. I think pretty much every kid in upstate New York learns the Erie Canal song in fifth grade state history class so it’s a fun childhood memory, in addition to being a good version of an American classic. The only problem in hearing it at work, with my earphones on, was squelching the urge to sing along.
* I have the easiest blog post to write, and you’d think I’ve been tasked with crafting the next “War and Peace” by the way my brain has reacted to the task.