As 2011 rolls into 2012, it is a time for reflecting on the year that was and the year to come. Every year presents its challenges and opportunities, and perhaps the trick is to see the opportunities in those challenges, and to fight for what you believe in. Whether you find yourself looking back on 2011 or forward to 2012, I think this holds true.
Music can be a source of inspiration for many of us, and if you're reading this blog, then maybe Bruce Springsteen's music inspires you. In the mid to late 1970's when I was getting into Bruce, some of my friends who didn't like Bruce used to comment that they thought his music was depressing, and they often cited 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' as an example. Despite my best efforts to convince them, they never really got it.
I've always felt that the power of this and many of Bruce's other great songs comes from their acknowledgement of the reality that life isn't always easy, and the need to face your challenges with faith, hope, the strength of your convictions and a belief in yourself and the people around you. I think 'Darkness on the Edge of Town' exemplifies this and can serve to inspire.
So, I leave you at the end of 2011 with a few choice lyrics and a few passionate performances over the years from Bruce to guide you as you take on 2012.
"Tonight I'll be on that hill 'cause I can't stop
I'll be on that hill with everything I got
Lives on the line where dreams are found and lost
I'll be there on time and I'll pay the cost
For wanting things that can only be found
In the darkness on the edge of town"
Happy Friday and Happy New Year!