In a world where we seldom sit down long enough to listen to each other’s hearts, Bruce Springsteen found a way to do exactly that via a heart-stopping performance on the 72nd Annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 10.)
During the breathtaking excerpt from his Broadway concert residency, Springsteen sat down at the piano and began to tell the audience about his growing up years in New Jersey, and in doing so, reminded countless people of their very own. “I literally grew up surrounded by God and all my relatives,” Springsteen said in his distinctive gravelly voice, also touching a nerve with the mention that they all found themselves trying to “hold off the demons, outside and inside, that sought to destroy them.”
Let that sit in your soul for a moment.
From there, Springsteen effortlessly moved into a stripped down version of “My Hometown,” a song featured on his epic “Born in the U.S.A.” album. At the end of the song, the audience sat in silence for a moment before bursting into a much-deserved ovation.
Also during the show, Springsteen received a special Tony Award from fellow music legend Billy Joel for his Broadway show “Springsteen on Broadway,” which includes a barrage of soul-stirring music and spoken word segments that are enough to stop you in your tracks…and listen.