We reached out today to the Home Base Program about donating a print of this photo to help their fundraising efforts. It occurred to us, how appropriate this particular photo would be to help this great program, which, "provides clinical care and support services to service members, veterans, and family members throughout New England, who are affected by combat or deployment-related stress (also known as Post Traumatic Stress or PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). "
This photo captures Bruce in his 1974 performance of "For You", which after all, is a song about giving, help, hope, salvation and love.
And we never tire of going back and hearing different performances of this song. Originally, on Greetings from Asbury Park, Springsteen performed it at a moderate rock tempo. But some time early on in his live performances, the song became something else.
In his famous 1974 Real Paper article, referring to the very moment this photo was taken, Jon Landau wrote, "He took his overpowering story of a suicide, “For You,” and sang it with just piano accompaniment and a voice that rang out to the very last row of the Harvard Square theatre."
Two versions stand out to us. “For You” Live From Perth, February 5. 2014. And this stunning performance in England, Bruce Springsteen, Hammersmith Odeon 1975, which honestly, you should buy. It's especially poignant to see Clarence at the end of the video, coming back on stage, touching his friend as he walks by.
Home Base helps people who have made it possible for us all to dream of a day when the beauty of music can be one of the biggest things in our lives. Music is big, but recovery, help, and giving are big too. If you can donate to Home Base, or any organization that helps veterans, please do.