A Unitarian pastor has written a book, “The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen: Rock and Redemption from Asbury Park to Magic.”
From “Born to Run” to “The Rising,” the Boss’s lyrics lend themselves to theological interpretation, author Jeffrey Symynkywicz told NPR Sunday.
The Harvard-trained minister is an uber Springsteen fan whose sermons contain many a reference to the Boss. He has parsed Springsteen lyrics and explored the history and context of the music and the ways his songs express spiritual themes.
“Hope is never far from the surface in his music. And it’s not a pie-in-the-sky, Pollyanna, easy-optimism kind of hope,” said Symynkywicz, pastor of First Parish Universalist Church in Stoughton, Mass.
“He presents life as it is — life in all its grit and all its pain, some complication and dirtiness, really. But despair is never given the last word. There’s always hope in the song.”
Read an excerpt here.