[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/27/art.bruce.concert.jpg caption="The Bruce Springsteen concert in Atlanta on Sunday night."]
David Mattingly | BIO
The first time I heard "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen, I was driving my dad's old Pontiac station wagon down New Jersey's Route 561. It was the most amazing song I had ever heard–the perfect blend of message and raw rock 'n' roll.
The crackling AM signal pounded out the beat through the single mono speaker. I was so moved that I had to pull over. I didn't want to miss a single word.
I didn't know much about 'The Boss' before that moment. But in a three minute record he managed to tell a story of hope, passion and triumph that I would never forget. His music connected with me in a way no other artist's has been able to since.
For three glorious hours last night I became that awe-inspired teenager again. My wife (a Jersey Girl) and I danced until our feet hurt and sang until our voices gave out. Springsteen and his E-Street Band rocked a full house in Atlanta. I came away with my heart pounding, my ears ringing and my mind renewing a vow I made to my wife and myself years ago..."No retreat baby, no surrender."
Bruce (now almost 60) took the stage like someone who still has something to prove. He reminded me (now almost 50) that I still have a lot of things to prove as well. I woke up this morning feeling more passion for life than I have in a long time.. I learned that the New Jersey kid who was stopped dead in his tracks by a song is still alive, still young and still born to run.
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