Spending Time with The Boss
My previous experience with Springsteen is limited at best. I know most of the hits, his rendition of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" actually stops me from flipping past the Christmas radio station, I own a well-worn vinyl copy of Nebraska, and I had a brief, but intense love of Born In the USA during elementary school (although mostly just the song, "Dancing in the Dark").
In response, I've decided to immerse myself in his catalog in a quest to see what I'm missing or whether my indifference to most of his music is justified. Originally I planned to call it "My September of Springsteen," but I'm getting a late start. Using our Freegal service [Update: Freegal is no longer available as of 1/31/12] and amazing CD collection, I'm starting with 1973's Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and will work my way chronologically to 2009's Working On a Dream. It might also be helpful to watch a few of his DVDs, but catching up on almost three decades of albums seems like a lot of work already.
Maybe the recently passed Clarence Clemons will be able to overcome my hatred of saxophones in rock music? Maybe I'll glean some fashion advice from the hipster-worthy album photos from the 70s & 80s (excluding Tunnel of Love...yikes)? I'm excited to find out.
Any advice for this endeavor? Favorite albums or Springsteen memories?
What legendary musician would you choose for a similar project?