This is a little old now (from SXSW in March) but I’ve just gotten round to watching the full hour long ‘keynote’ from Springsteen. It’s awesome.
The final section strikes a chord with an earlier post from today called ‘Advice from Dave’. But it’s much more poetic.
The Boss’s advice to young musicians is just as relevant to young account handlers:
‘Open your ears, open your hearts. Don’t take yourselves too seriously and take yourself as seriously as death itself.”
Then he continues: “Don’t worry. Worry your ass off. Have iron clad confidence. But doubt! It keeps you awake and alert. Believe you are the baddest ass in town and you suck. It keeps you honest. Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideas alive and well in your heart and head at all times. If it does not drive you crazy it will make you strong. Stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive.’
A couple of choice quotes:
“There’s no right way, no pure way of doing it. There’s just doing it…
“Everyone has their genesis moment, whatever initially inspires you to action…, my genesis monument was in 1956… Elvis on the Ed Sullivan Show. I discovered… that you could call upon your own powers of your imagination, that you could create a transformative self.”
And the full show here: