It was, simply put, the greatest concert I've ever seen. It also helped clarify some important life lessons that maybe I've been missing as of late.
I've been searching for a further way to explain the feeling and energy that carried me through this concert, and I finally found it in a review by Gary Benz, who's review appeared in BlogCritics Magazine:
There was a stretch in Monday’s show, beginning with "Something in the Night" (a tour premiere) and culminating with "She’s the One," where I felt like this was absolutely the best concert I had ever seen. This particular grouping of songs, which also included "Because the Night," "Reason to Believe," and "You’ll Be Coming Down" (also a tour premiere), itself provided an effective mini-retrospective of Springsteen’s career. But the overarching message, delivered in note-perfect passion and urgency, was that anything worth doing is worth doing well. Another great life lesson.Gary added, There’s something about 18,000 plus singing “because the night belongs to us” in unison that is life affirming.
And I felt the same exact way.
The concert has sparked an internal challenge for me to begin assessing and affirming some aspects of my life as I grow ever closer to the half century mark.
Since the concert, the Springsteen lyrics that keep playing over and over in my head are those from his song Into the Fire:
May your strength give us strengthStrength
May your faith give us faith
May your hope give us hope
May your love give us love
Four essential ingredients to our lives. Four essential ingredients that should not and can not stand alone.