Unless you heard the record and felt it, deep within your soul, it’s difficult to communicate just how perfectly, how respectfully, Bruce Springsteen tapped into the post-9/11 zeitgeist with his majestic “The Rising” treatise.
In just one line, he spoke cathartic volumes, as in the Twin Towers widower in “Nothing Man” struggling against the easy way out: “Pearl and silver/Resting on my night table/It’s just me, Lord/I pray that I’m able.”
So it’s no surprise that his longtime guitarist, Nils Lofgren, has also chimed in on this grim tenth anniversary with an uplifting slice of optimism called “When You Are Loved.” And he’s giving the song away as a download on www.nilslofgren.com.
Lofgren stays in the humble E. Street Band shadows, so folks might have forgotten what a great solo artist he is, with definitive sets like “Cry Tough” to his credit. So he rises to the somber occasion with this track, and heartwarming lines like “And when the grief has me convinced I won’t survive/ Our son holds my face in two soft hands and I’m impossibly alive.”
The track, he says, was “written to honor the love, courage and spirit of the 9/11 victims and their surviving family members. In this instance, a grieving wife and mother with a young son finds the strength and spirit to carry on, honoring her fallen husband and loving their child.”