Another Message By Another Prophet

Oct 20, 2018

A serious music insight by Bruce Springsteen in Human Touch makes me wonder if everything has a price. Like getting up every day and going to a coffee shop.

What if everything we do, feel and think had a price? Today, I was browsing my Facebook and I’m a fan of the band Cake. They talk a lot about politics and showed a graphic explaining the increase in profits since the GOP tax bill was passed. The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (abbreviation for Grand Old Party), is one of the two major political parties in the United States, the other being its historic rival, the Democratic Party.

When I was young, we didn’t talk about money and prices a lot. We knew life is much more than money and prices. But it seems to a lot of people money is the main concern. To the point of becoming anti-capitalist and meeting lots of police officers with bills issues.

Nominated For Best Rock Song in 1993

It was the first single from the album of the same name and was released in 1992. The song topped the chart in some European countries and in the US. With his two new albums — his first in nearly five years and first as a declared solo artist — Bruce Springsteen completes an emotional triptych begun in 1987 with Tunnel of Love.

Beginning with the pulsing title track, which stands among Springsteen’s best work, the fourteen songs on Human Touch explore the movement from disenchanted isolation to a willingness to risk love and its attendant traumas again. At first the moves are tentative, motivated more by loneliness — a need for “a little of that human touch” — than by love’s golden promise or, even more remote, the prospect of actual lasting happiness with another human being.

One of the first songs Springsteen recorded using musicians who were not in the E Street Band, he says it is about “searchin’ for the bottom line.” This was the only song from Human Touch included on Springsteen’s 1995 Greatest Hits album.

The song features future American Idol judge Randy Jackson on bass guitar and Toto’s Jeff Porcaro on drums. It is sometimes played by Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert despite their having been dismissed at the time of the original recording.

What Becomes Of What You Don’t Surrender?

Anyway, in the graphic, the band showed there was a huge increase in profit but wages stagnated. I know from my experience that the main approach for our bosses to be appreciated by their shareholder is to kill costs. Thus becoming a one-track mind, a badly obsessed person like Harvey Weinstein.

Needless to say, that kind of boss will most of the time be hated by the employees because focusing on numbers and ignoring the complex reality of a company is the best way to have a black swan event, a highly improbable event rendering useless several years of effort and dedication.

I have seen cost killers drinking wine, and badly obsessed people digging up the dirt. When I started working in the banking industry, I was located in rue de Sofia, Paris 18th (a wonderful neighborhood near the Sacré Coeur). And then we relocated rue de Chateaudun, Paris 9th which is also a nice neighborhood (near rue des Martyrs). And suddenly, it was decided we would reside in St Denis (suburbs of Paris).

Ain’t Gonna Find Any Miracles Here

And while the management of the bank was toying with us, we were experiencing the worst crisis since 1929. I didn’t have any raise since 2010 (it’s been 8 years now). And while all that was happening, I had the Syrian political police on my back. Needless to say, I don’t feel like a millennial but more like a man born in 1910.

By the way, a friend of mine asked me if I wanted to play a man of 60 years in her short movie (I’m 38). Now I understand what made us blue exactly: some people born in the 80s started to work and then it was anarchy: massacre, genocide, bombardment, murders and the only use of Jesus in a modern company.

Jesus was a wonderful man but maybe we misread his message: that’s why Jesus 2 has a new message for everybody.

A Little Of That Human Touch

I have hesitated a lot about the message of Jesus 2. That’s because there are high expectations and we could reach the dizzy heights of that dreamed of world. “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”.

Imagine a world where we could live 1000 years in good health. Space travels would become easier, even though we still would have to find a solution to get out of the Milky Way. Teleportation should be given a try.

The message of Jesus was about severity and cruelty. Is it important to win, lose or participate? Is it important to put up a good fight? Should we care about textbooks performance?

We’re All Riders On This Train

As a conclusion, it sounds like a good idea to kill costs. But it’s a solution for exercise intolerant people. The best solution to have a strong economy is learning how to deal with people who have troubles with payments.

I have witnessed lots of friends during our 20s having problems with money. Money might be a shortcut for health because you could have lots of money and still be unhappy. They say time is a healer but now the wounds are not the same. If they are, you might get bored…

The message of Jesus 2 could be the following: whatever the hard times you’re going through, remember it could get better in the blink of an eye. If it doesn’t, that’s because you can’t tell why. Where the question you should be answering is how!

By the way, I do think the word prophet means someone who likes to party!

The first thing you do when you get out of bed is buy cheap sunglasses. Killing costs a nice idea that you learn at school but one should read good books. If you have troubles with payments, then your business will start to end.

You and me we were the pretenders
We let it all slip away
In the end what you don’t surrender
Well the world just strips away

Girl ain’t no kindness in the face of strangers
Ain’t gonna find no miracles here
Well you can wait on your blessings but darlin’
I got a deal for you right here

I ain’t lookin’ for prayers or pity
I ain’t comin’ ’round searchin’ for a crutch
I just want someone to talk to
And a little of that human touch
Just a little of that human touch

Ain’t no mercy on the streets of this town
Ain’t no bread from heavenly skies
Ain’t nobody drawin’ wine from this blood
It’s just you and me tonight

Tell me in a world without pity
Do you think what I’m askin’s too much?
I just want something to hold on to
And a little of that human touch
Just a little of that human touch

Oh girl that feeling of safety you prize
Well it comes with a hard hard price
You can’t shut off the risk and pain
Without losin’ the love that remains
We’re all riders on this train

So you been broken and you been hurt
Show me somebody who ain’t
Yeah I know I ain’t nobody’s bargain
But hell a little touch up
And a little paint…

You might need somethin’ to hold on to
When all the answers they don’t amount to much
Somebody that you can just talk to
And a little of that human touch

Baby in a world without pity
Do you think what I’m askin’s too much?
I just want to feel you in my arms
And share a little of that human touch…

Nicolas Sursock

Nicolas is a musician. His work now focuses on digesting 10000 songs of jazz, blues, soul, rock, funk and electronic. He plays the guitar if he's not blogging!