I'm not really sure why Bryce got those tickets. We weren't asked any questions after the showing or sent any questionnaires. We just got to watch movies for free, a few days before it saw an official opening. Maybe it was to get word of mouth going. I don't know.
The two films I remember seeing were Forrest Gump and Braveheart. Both pictures won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Bryce never did tell me how he got the tickets or how often. I still wonder if the that tradition of seeing the Oscar winner through that service continued after I went to college. Man, we should have started placing bets every time he got a free pass. I could retire by now.
"I'm On Fire" - Johnny Cash
From the album Badlands A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
I've always been an admirer or Bruce Springsteen, but up until a couple of years ago I was only a casual fan. What did it take to bring me from casual adoration to full-blown fanatic? A live concert, of course. We caught Springsteen in Nashville in 2008 on a whim. Fellow Blogcritics Mark Saleski and Josh Hathaway and been raving about Springsteen for ages, and especially how amazing he was in concert. One night I got an e-mail from Ticketmaster or Live Nation or whatever noting Springsteen's concert that weekend. After a quick chat with the wife, I bought tickets and we packed our bags.
I'll never regret it. We had terrible seats (upper level, behind the stage) but the show was spectacular. Springsteen knows how to work an audience like nobody I've ever seen. He's not only a great musician, but an incredible showman. He moved like a dancer. He spoke like a carnival barker and a preacher. He played like thunder. He was constantly reaching out to the audience, to touch his fans in the most literal of senses. Sometimes during a guitar solo he'd fall into them so that they were literally lifting him up. At one point, during "I'm On Fire" he grabbed a lady from the audience and danced with her.