This video is one of the happiest things I’ve ever seen. It feels spontaneous … I am seeing life itself – not an imitation of it, not a fabrication – but the real thing. I could not keep the smile off my face as I watched it.
(Thanks Round Headed Boy for linking to it)
There are moments when TV transcends itself … when a moment of sheer greatness, perfection, and spontanaiety is allowed to exist. It doesn’t happen often. TV is the most skittish of mediums. But sometimes … sometimes … a true moment just happens and they become engrained on our concsiousness with indelible ink. Bette Midler singing “One for the Road” to Johnny Carson on his last show – I’ve seen it a million times, and I still don’t get over how moving it is, how … how perfect. Springsteen on Letterman, actually – jumping up on top of Paul Schaefer;s piano. How often does something exhilarated and unexpected happen on television? The entire first season of Saturday Night Live. Now that was new. That was thrilling.
But WATCH that video of Springsteen and his band – playing with the Conan O’Brien band – and obviously letting everyone who was also on the show that night participate. I keep thinking it’s gonna end – but then it goes to yet another level of joy. There are SO MANY people on that stage. Look at them all moving together. Look at Conan playing the guitar with Bruce! And keep an eye out for Jimmy Fallon in the background, playing spoons as though his life depended on it.
I LOVE PEOPLE.
I can’t believe it. I just watched it twice all the way through.
UPDATE: Check out the response to this video on Bloggledygook. I love his insights about Springsteen, and music, in general. (And thanks for the kind kind words.)