“You can’t start a fire, you can’t start a fire without a spark.”
Listening to Bruce Springsteen has always reminded me of those nights when I was still at Uni and would raid my friends vinyl collection after drinking far too many Jack Daniels and coke. I would usually end up settling for a listen of ‘I’m On Fire’, my favourite track by The Boss (mainly because of a certain sentimentality to the monologue at the beginning of this live version) and get lost in drunken introspection. For me, the beauty in Springsteen’s music has always been in it’s simplicity and that underlying mantra of never giving up, despite that oh so common fear of failure.
Last year, The Staves recorded a gorgeous folk tinted version of ‘I’m On Fire’ and now another female trio by the name of Paradisia have shared a stripped back version of Springsteen’s juggernaut classic – ‘Dancing In The Dark’. Opening with the dreamlike strain of a softly plucked harp and some delicate piano keys, the wrenching vocal harmonies of Sophie Rose, Anna and Kristy (formerly of the now disbanded The Night IV) bring attention to the devastatingly sad and darkened cries, which are always overlooked in Springsteen’s lyrics: “I ain’t nothing but tired. Man, I’m just tired and bored with myself. Hey there baby, I could use just a little help.” And just like that, an 80’s powerhouse anthem becomes a heavenly desolate and broken torchlight ballad. This is something truly beautiful.