In 1975, I bought the record album Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen at J.C. Penney in Tupelo. I just bought it because of the cover and the names of the songs like “Thunder Road,” “Meeting Across the River” and “Jungleland.”
I was never the same. I had discovered the man who was nicknamed by those in New Jersey “The Boss.”
As soon as I could scrape up the money, I bought his two previous albums Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) and The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973).
So when I plugged in the blu ray Blinded by the Light (after a song by the same name) I was ready. The story takes place in 1987, and is about Javed Khan and his family – Pakistani immigrant parents Malik and Noor, and sisters Yasmeen and Shazia who live in Luton, England. Javed likes contemporary rock music, which Malik disapproves of. Javed writes poetry and lyrics for his best friend Matt's band, but Matt critiques Javed's work for being depressing.
Then Javed discovers “the boss” and his life is changed.
I know it sounds crazy — but people like me, Javed and many others understand Bruce and his message “Oh, someday girl, I don't know when. We're gonna get to that place. Where we really want to go, and we'll walk in the sun. But till then, tramps like us. Baby, we were born to run.”
Blinded is a special film for a special bunch of people.