As most readers of NJArts.net know, we have a series devoted to New Jersey songs — 350 Jersey Songs — and since September 2014, we have had a post a day about a song that is about some aspect of New Jersey, or is by a Jersey artist, or was at least recorded in the state. The number 350 was chosen to honor the state’s anniversary, which was last year.
The last of the 350 posts will be on Sept. 8. I know what the song will be. But no one else — not my wife, not my mother — knows.
Do you think you can guess it?
I’ll give you a few hints. It is by a well known Jersey artist or band. It is also a well known song, not something obscure. It is not, of course, a song that has already been selected for the project. And it reflects, in some way, the joy I feel at bringing this project to a close.
If more than one entrant guesses correctly, I will select the winner randomly. If no one guesses correctly, I will select the winner randomly from all the entrants.
The prize? Two tickets to see Darlene Love and Steven Van Zandt in Love’s “CD Release Event” for her upcoming Introducing Darlene Love album, Sept. 12 at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park.
Send an email with your guess (and please write “350” in the subject line) to email@example.com by midnight Sept. 7 for a chance to win.
If you want to see the songs that have already been chosen (and therefore eliminate more than 300 contenders), go here for the list in alphabetical order (by artist).
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350: Land of Hope and Dreams; Springsteen & E-Street Band
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band
Did it already: https://www.njarts.net/350-jersey-songs/born-to-run-bruce-springsteen-the-e-street-band/
There are half a dozen Bruce songs not yet on the list, not just BTR, but Thunder Road, The River. his versions of Sandy and Jersey Girl; Independence Day, half of the Nebraska album; Spirit in the Night, Bloodbrothers, E St Shuffle, Local Hero just to name a few with clear Jersey connections. My Hometown is my pick for the last one though.
But what’s your beef with Fountains of Wayne? Only one song from one of the Jersey-est bands of all. I love the Smithereens but Fountains of Way e shojld have as many as they do.
Well, I have far more Bruce on there than anybody else, but I couldn’t fit it all. “Jersey Girl” is actually on there already (a live version), plus “My Hometown” (the Neil Young version) and of course “Sandy” (the Ben E. King version). I decided not to include multiple versions of the same songs, and to include covers rather than Bruce’s versions in some cases, just for variety.
There are actually three Fountains of Wayne songs on there: “Bright Future in Sales” and “Song of the Passaic” plus the Katy Perry version of “Hackensack” (again, for variety, and because it’s actually pretty good).