Why Springsteen Doesn't Want to Make Anti-Trump Music

Why Springsteen Doesn’t Want to Make Anti-Trump Music

Bruce Springsteen is far from the biggest fan of President Donald Trump — but he revealed this week he feels no need to use his songs as a way to attack the man.

“I’m not driven to write any anti-Trump diatribe. That doesn’t feel necessary at the moment,” the musician said in an interview with Variety.

After he was pressed by the interviewer about going political in his music, Springsteen said, “It feels a little redundant to me at the moment. And, once again, I always try to look at what I can deliver that’s personal to me and of most value.”

He added, "The audience has a wide variety of needs; whatever you're writing, you're trying to meet your own need, and as I've said in other interviews, Marty Scorsese once said, ‘The job of the artist is to make the audience care about your obsessions' ... So I hope I write about the things that obsess me well enough for my audience to care about them."

When pressed even further, Springsteen said he was "ambivalent about getting on a soapbox."

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Springsteen summed it all up with, "People want you to go deeper than politics. They want you to reach inside to their most personal selves and their deepest struggles with their daily lives and reach that place; that's the place I'm always trying to reach. I'd never make a record that's just polemical. I wouldn't release it if I did. To me, that's just an abuse of your audience's good graces. If I felt that strongly, I'd do it now. But I watch myself, because I think you can weigh upon your audience's indulgence in the wrong way."

The nuances of great art require the creator to look beyond the binary politics of most of today's liberal celebrities.

At a time that many artists are completely caught up in anti-Trump hysteria, and their art is more centered around the president than ever before (looking at you, "Saturday Night Live," Willie Nelson, Stephen Colbert and oh so many others) — it's good to see Springsteen take the position he's chosen.

He's thinking not only of his audience — he's acknowledging that art needs to be more than skin deep. The nuances of great art require the creator to look beyond the simple, binary politics of most liberal celebrities at the moment.

(photo credit, homepage images: Bruce Springsteen - Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C. Nov. 11, 2014, CC BY 2.0, by EJ Hersom of DoD News Features; photo credit, article images: Bruce Springsteen 06, CC BY-SA 2.0, by GabboT)

Last Modified: October 6, 2017, 8:52 am

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