Thursday, September 3, 2015

350 Jersey Songs

Jay Lustig, a journalist who has covered the New Jersey arts scene for more than thirty years, has spent the last year writing about 350 (in honor of NJ's 350th birthday) songs that have something to do with his home state.  You can see the songs here.

Here are some of my favorites, with Lustig's commentary and a YouTube video.  (I also threw some random videos into the post).

“My City of Ruins,” Bruce Springsteen

“Fly Me to the Moon,” Frank Sinatra and Count Basie

 “This Time It’s for Real,” Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt

 “Jersey Girl,” Bruce Springsteen with Clarence Clemons & the Red Bank Rockers

 “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” Bruce Springsteen and Friends.

“Rock Around the Clock,” Bill Haley and His Comets

“My Boyfriend’s Back,” The Angels

“Tenth Avenue Freeze-out,” Bruce Springsteen

“Here Comes the Sun,” Nils Lofgren

“It Was a Very Good Year,” Frank Sinatra

“Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” The Shirelles

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” Frankie Valli

“Springsteen,” Eric Church

“Bury My Heart on the Jersey Shore,” Shannon McNally

“Like a Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Al Kooper at Brendan Byrne Arena

“The Sound of Silence,” Paul Simon at Princeton University

“State Trooper,”  Bruce Springsteen

“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl),” Looking Glass

“Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi

“Gov. Chris Christie’s Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam,” Bruce Springsteen and Jimmy Fallon

“4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy),” Ben E. King

 “Hurricane,” Bob Dylan

“The Wall,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

“On the Way to Cape May,” Cozy Morley

“Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Bon Jovi, with Jennifer Nettles

“Born to Run,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

“The Rising,” Bruce Springsteen

“Racing in the Street,” Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band