“New Born Soul” was the theme of Bruce Springsteen’s 18th DJ show on SiriusXM satellite radio, which debuted Feb. 24 on the network’s E Street Radio channel (channel 20). Springsteen further defined the theme as “the rebirth of all things good, the essentialness of new transformations and good times in your life, and the nurturing of your spirit.”
He didn’t talk much, but played music by himself (“Real World,” “Living Proof,” “My Beautiful Reward”) as well the Staple Singers (from whose song he took the title of this show), Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Kanye West and Jay-Z, Van Morrison and more, and read a poem by Ciel Sainte-Marie.
You can read what Springsteen said here, and see videos for the songs that were played. In some cases, a version of the song may have been played that is different from what is embedded in this post.
“Greetings, E Street Nation, folks, friends, fans, listeners from coast to coast and around the world. Welcome to Vol. 18 of ‘From My Home to Yours,’ titled ‘New Born Soul.’ Our theme today will be the rebirth of all things good, the essentialness of new transformations and good times in your life, and the nurturing of your spirit. So as you can see, we have our work cut out for us, so let’s start with The Staple Singers, and ‘New Born Soul.’ ”
“New Born Soul,” The Staple Singers
“Glad Tidings,” Van Morrison
“That was ‘Glad Tidings’ by the great Van Morrison, off of his Moondance LP. Now most people would know our next artist from his classic ‘Duke of Earl.’ ‘Duke of Earl’ would be classified as semi-doo-wop, and a bit of a novelty record. But it undersells the great voice and talent of its singer. I have seen Gene Chandler live, and his voice literally blew the roof off the place. So this is Gene Chandler, with ‘(Gonna be) Good Times.’ ”
“(Gonna Be) Good Times,” Gene Chandler
“Good Times,” Sam Cooke
“New Morning,” Bob Dylan
“Morning Train,” Precious Bryant
“New Day,” Jay-Z and Kanye West
“That was Kanye West and Jay-Z, from Watch the Throne. A cut called ‘New Day.’ And before that was Precious Bryant with ‘Morning Train.’ Now if you want the rebirth of the soul, you will need the gospel. So coming up right now is the incredible Soul Stirrers, featuring the, once again, miraculous voice of Sam Cooke, when he was at his most youthful, and maybe at his best.”
“Jesus, I’ll Never Forget,” Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers
“I Am So Glad Jesus Lifted Me,” Voices of Victory
” ‘the city of the dead
does not want your worship
the spirits want to be free
to join the next incarnation
of our world.’
Poem by Ciel Saint-Marie.”
“Ourselves to Know,” Warren Zevon
“As a good Catholic boy, I have spent my time pondering redemption, damnation and rebirth, over and over again. It of course has found its way into an enormous amount of my own work. So coming up is a triplicate by yours truly, starting with ‘Real World,’ from Human Touch, where I was fortunate to have the incredible Sam Moore accompany me. And after that, you’re gonna hear ‘Living Proof,’ live from our early ’90s MTV special, followed by ‘My Beautiful Reward.’ ”
“Real World,” Bruce Springsteen
“Living Proof,” Bruce Springsteen
“My Beautiful Reward,” Bruce Springsteen
“And that’s our show for today, pilgrims. So keep searching, keep searching, and until we meet again, go in peace.”
“Great Balls of Fire,” Jerry Lee Lewis
Springsteen has been doing “From My Home to Yours” shows since April. You can read transcripts of what he has said on the previous 17 shows, and see YouTube videos of all the songs he has played, via these links:
APRIL 8 (a tribute to the late John Prine and more)
APRIL 24 (thoughts on life during pandemic, New York songs and more)
MAY 6 (when the pandemic is over, he promises, “50,000 people will once again scream their heads off somewhere in New Jersey”)
MAY 20 (a tribute to the late Little Richard and more)
JUNE 3 (protest songs and more)
JUNE 17 (a “rock ‘n’ roll requiem” for those who have died from coronavirus)
JULY 1 (discussion with and songs by Southside Johnny and Steven Van Zandt)
JULY 15 (summertime songs and memories)
JULY 29 (discussion with and songs by Patti Scialfa).
AUG. 14 (“In Dreams,” nocturnally themes songs and memories)
SEPT. 2 (songs about work, in honor of Labor Day)
SEPT. 16 (end of summer)
OCT. 7 (songs about cars)
OCT. 28 (Election Day- and Halloween-oriented songs)
NOV. 25 (Election Day victory, “music about music”)
DEC. 16 (“Hits of the Week”: music that he has been listening to lately)
JAN. 20 (“Lawyers, Guns & Money: An Inaugural Special”)
Also, click here for some of my thoughts on this ambitious series in general.
Vol. 18 will also air Feb. 24 at 6 p.m., Feb. 25 at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., Feb. 26 at 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and midnight, Feb. 27 at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and March 1 at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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