Summer’s definitely here. Love going to the reservoir, always a rope swing hanging from the highest tree to swing from. Head to down to the river to cool off, leave this world for a while. These days you can have guitars/amps, mics, drums, damn everything you need to play outdoors without AC, you have DC now and it really works good, have my own setup, go out occasionally to pick. Summer nights are perfect for playin’ with others. Having surgery on my left fret hand August 1, it will be my 3rd surgery in a year. They’ve made 7 incisions in my hand, one 4 inches long from my wrist across my palm to the base of my finger. So much pain and I live on oxycontin & morphine normally just for a host of physical problems. But still the worst pain I’ve ever experienced was after quadruple heart surgery a year & 5 months ago. Having  my leg on fire was 2nd, the healing when they pull your dead/burnt skin off, the actual flames didn’t hurt at all, I put it out with my own hands, then jumped in the canal, it’s handy having canals everywhere down here. It’s extremely difficult to play any instrument much less this computer keyboard right now, I’m slowly losing use of my hand, here’s hoping the Dr. can help me this time. Then my right arm I actually almost cut the whole thing off at the elbow but they were able to sew me back together so I’ve got 70% of my use back. Actually had no feeling below my elbow for 3 months. And that was the 3rd accident to my right arm. I don’t have tattoos, I have scars and they all tell tales of my life, most don’t know it but I’ve even lost a testicle to the surgeon, cancer. I’ve had skull fractures/surgery’s, you can see the damage. God I know pain, only too well.

Down here Dixie way you can be out walking and see a fish passin’ you. No kidding there’s walkin’ fish down here and they are big, 12″ at least the ones I’ve seen. Don’t you love it. Notice that if you don’t pay attention you’d forget this country’s at war. Funny how time’s change, during ‘Nam you’d see the war all day/nite on the news with daily body counts. Now they hardly tell you anything, if this country quit these wars we’d be in the black financially. Occupy now is the time to standup, don’t let this moment in time slip by. This country really needs Obama back as President, if Romney gets in everyone will be crying for a long time. Bruce, you need to get out there and tell people to vote for him, you influence more people than Romney/Obama combined. You could put the election in his hands. And the rest of you rockers, get out there and help reelect Obama. Ask, tell, beg people to vote for him. It’s that important, you have no idea whats down the road for this country and we’ll need Obama to be there when the moment comes. Romney’s just a rich powder puff, he’s not the common people’s friend. Surgery tomorrow, here’s hoping. Went swimming this mornin’, the ocean, it was calm as a lake, so beautiful, so good.


Some of these stories come from a meeting at a Long Branch 7/11, summer of 74′ which detail tales of rock & roll never told before. Tom Petty, “Jammin’ Me”, did that one, also told Bruce to get Dylan(for unknown reasons, Ha Ha), Harrison( my favorite Beatle), Lynne( used to love seeing ELO live, the cellist drunk  fallin’ off his chair playing in N.Y., ’73), and of course the Voice, Roy Orbison, together to sing  my words,  “Handle With Care”, I believe. And they could call me “Bruno”. Loved Michelob beer back then so I wrote “Don’t You Know What the Night Can Do”, given to Mr. Winwood.

I did a lot of walkin’ back then, would think nothin’ of just going to Freehold from Long Branch, just to see the folks but getting a ride back. Did a lot of writing in my head, putting it on paper later. Was standing there with Bruce, Mr. Hammond, Patty Smith behind the counter,  they asked how did a certain song go, said give me the chorus,” I will survive, I will get by”, well I sang it with the last word going high/low, and changing up to we will survive. They were taping it so they got the chorus, melody easy enough to add, I’d been a dead head since ’68, saw them at the Fillmore East several times, so I wrote them a song, given thru Bruce. But there’s something funny ’bout that song. As you’ll notice cows don’t give kerosene. But in that song is a message from me, the words from the verses actually mean something else than what you see, try but you’ll never get it, I will though reveal the actual meaning down the road somewhere. “Touch of Grey”, indeed.

But as you see quite a few songs written for others, though Bruce got his pick, a lot done for E Street Band. I had got stuck on writing songs with born in the title, hence, I wrote “Born to Run”, there really was a Wendy in my life back then. Bruce wrote the music to the most killer song ever done. I wrote the words in my tackroom at Monmouth Race Track. When you hear the first notes its like dope rushin’ thru your veins. And as the band plays you begin to feel as if there’s true hope to your life and everything ‘s going to be alright if you live long enough. Also did ” Sledgehammer”, the words only, good job by Peter Gabriel on the music.

“Sweet Sixteen”, Billy Idol, did the words, ’cause always havin’ to check girls real age, so many look beyond their years, even more so these days. Hall for these rockers. Damn, I was 18 swear she was 18, ended runnin’ down the road screaming after she says she’s 16. The things that girl knew, the dope she used, God, my eyes were wide open but she fooled me and my buds. Christ, Jersey girls indeed.

Occupy, you all will need to make it thru the winter, then you’ll have an unbelievable summer, you’re seeing what your up against with arrests, pepper spray, etc., etc. They will do anything to stop you from bringing attention to the fact that Congress is dishonest, they are still trying to fool everyone but nothings changed in 6 months they’re still up to their bullshit. Don’t forget your trying to bring equality to the people, the wealthy oppose everything about you. They’ll end S.S. & Medicare but not tax the rich as they should be taxed. Yeah, Congress is really on the side of the people. You will have to reach all the voters and begin the tedious job of running off all the a-holes in Congress and get’em replaced by true patriots for /of & by the people. People who will deliver on their promises and rebuild this country.

Robin Trower, in the Hall, of course he belongs.” R.E.M.”, gave them “It’s the End Of the World”, telling Bruce for the guitarist to hit the wrong chord in it, ’cause it would sound like the end of the world. Uh Huh, I just needed a simple prop. And of course can’t forget “Paper in Fire”, John you did my words proud. Thank you.