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Bruce Springsteen on making Born To Run: “We went to extremes”

There is some talk in this Rolling Stone article that Bruce Springsteen was on the verge of failure when the song “Born To Run” was released. Springsteen acknowledges that, but also adds, “I don’t know if it would have finished us — because what the [bleep] else were we going to do?”

I tend to look at that as perseverance: “Okay, you don’t like my work? Well, I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to keep working at it.”

When I first went to college I wasn’t a Springsteen fan at all — I barely knew who he was — but then I heard Hungry Heart, and became a fan. These days Born To Run, Hungry Heart, Badlands, Thunder Road, Pink Cadillac, Brilliant Disguise, and Secret Garden are some of my favorite songs. And Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is one of my favorite Christmas songs/performances.

Blood Of Eden by Peter Gabriel

One of my favorite albums of all time is Us, by Peter Gabriel. I discovered it during a period of existential angst when I was working on a $3B NASA project, and I learned that the entire project was created and would soon be destroyed because of politics. I started listening to the album again recently while practicing yoga at night. This song is Blood Of Eden.

List iTunes album names: Display a list with An AppleScript app

iTunes album list AppleScript FAQ: How can I create a list of iTunes album names (a unique list of all iTunes album names)? (Also written as: Can you help me create an AppleScript to list all iTunes album names?)

As mentioned in my previous article, for a variety of reasons I'd really like to be able to generate a unique list of iTunes album names. For some reason iTunes doesn't let you do this well, so in my previous article I showed how to create an iTunes album list using iTunes.

How to create an iTunes album list

iTunes album list FAQ: How can I create a list of iTunes album names (a unique list of all iTunes album names)?

When I listen to iTunes, I often like to listen to a complete album at one time, rather than a mix of songs from different albums. I especially like to do this when I'm working, because the music and volume level is consistent. It's always surprised me that Apple doesn't provide a simple iTunes album list view, where you can see all your albums, then click a button to listen to one album or another.

iTunes AppleScript examples (command examples)

iTunes AppleScript FAQ: Can you share some iTunes AppleScript examples (example scripts)?

As I've been working a lot with Mac speech recognition software lately, AppleScript has once again become important in my life. I've been writing a lot of small AppleScript scripts, including AppleScript iTunes scripts, and I thought I'd share snippets of code from those iTunes scripts here for anyone else they might benefit.