Friday, November 11, 2005

Bruce Springsteen: Early Avatar of Rock & Roll


Anonymous said...

"In Hinduism, an avatar or avatara (Sanskrit अवतार), is the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of an Immortal Being, or of the Ultimate Supreme Being. It derives from the Sanskrit word avatāra which means "descent" and usually implies a deliberate descent into mortal realms for special purposes." ~Wikipedia

I kinda like the phrase "bodily manifestation" better than incarnation.... has a real earthy/earthly feel to it.

The Boss - seems an apt synonym for Avatar.

Anonymous said...

This avatar fish story sound familiar, Larry?

"In Hindu mythology, Matsya (Sanskrit for fish) was also the first avatar of Vishnu.

According to legend, the king Manu was washing his hands in a river when a little fish swam into his hands and begged him to save it. He put it in a jar, which it soon outgrew; he successively moved it to a tank, a river and then the ocean. The fish then warned him that a Great Flood would occur in a week that would destroy all life. Manu therefore built a boat which the fish towed to a mountaintop when the flood came, and thus he survived along with some "seeds of life" to re-establish life on earth."

Larry Keiler said...

What I wanna know is, how did you manage to insert that Sanskrit?

As for that fish story, Noah I've never heard it before but it sounds fishy to me. I think some wild-haired cave-dweller copped it from the bible.

As for the Boss, I have a memory from oh my god 30 years ago or more, a trip to Port Elgin to visit my brother or party with him or something who the hell knows...and one of his best friends was wearing a t-shirt which said on the front: Bruce Springsteen is God. This, of course, was some time before he really hit big.

So there you go.

My first experience of Springsteen was probably 1975 or 6, at a concert at Maple Leaf Gardens, but only half of the those days that was a fairly intimate show...and Springsteen, ever one to spice up the show with stories, vignettes and props, brought out a flip chart with a map of New Jersey. Using a pointer he then proceeded to demonstrate that New Jersey was in fact the Garden of Eden.

No one believed him, of course, but then, if Springsteen really is God, he ought to know where the Garden of Eden is. Anyway I just had to tell you that to demonstrate the proliferation of biblical and deistic themery.

Then there's Pat Robertson who says that the people of Dover PA have just poked God in the eye with their collective finger. Who gonna help em now if they's a hurricane?

Help! I've written and I can't get up!