The Springsteen-Scorsese Interview



Here are the highlights, compliments of Billboard:

Bruce has whole album of music for the E Street Band and THERE WILL BE ANOTHER E STREET TOUR!!!!!!

Bruce revealed even more about his personal faith journey.  Here is a taste:

Both Springsteen and Scorsese attended Catholic school and its influence has never left either of them.  “All my work was informed from my years at Catholic school and I was never able to outrun it,” Springsteen said. “As I got older I stopped fighting against it. Now I draw on it and enjoy it. First of all, there’s no greater well to draw from than the myths in Catholicism: Redemption, damnation, death, sexual torture… The faith you had as a child, I think was very fear-based. You’re in second grade, so you’re seven years old, and, you’re making your first confession. What do you have to confess?  I had to make things up.  You went into the dark box and you confessed, supposedly, your deepest secrets… As you get older, if it works out, it becomes love based…The record Nebraska was very influenced by Flannery O’Connor and her stories were always based on the unknowability of God. I think as you get older, that’s what you grow comfortable with: Faith is faith. It’s trust. It’s about all of the mysteries and the answers that you’re never going to come up with…But if you let it be, that’s when you find a little bit of peace. That’s what I’ve found anyway.” 

“I get drawn back to my [hometown] church. I attended some stranger’s funeral a month ago,” Springsteen said. “I was driving by it and saw the door was open and I said, ‘I gotta go in. I gotta go back.’ I went in and there was some nice man’s funeral going on and I sat in the back and it was completely bizarre.” 

On prayer:

“As a kid you had your little rote prayers before you went to bed,” Springsteen said. “I think as you get older and find your form that you’re going to work with, you find your little prayers that provide you the inner vision and you capture a small— if you’re very, very fortunate and good at your job—you capture a small piece of the divine.  It’s why the creative process has never been and will never be explained.  There’s a small tiny divine part of ourselves that connects to something that is bigger than you and bigger than the folks and everyone watching…It can come in many, many forms, but whenever I’ve really  written something that I felt had some [divine] quality to it, there’s always that little piece of  ‘Oh, I’m not exactly sure where that came from.’”

Read the entire Billboard piece here.