I couldn't believe my eyes.  The flyer said Bruce Springsteen would be playing Seaside Heights and tickets would cost only $4.50!   That old concert poster, currently on display at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia is one of more than 150 artifacts that Bruce fans will be interested to see. The exhibition, From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen, includes items that give us a clearer picture of the artist's journey from struggling musician (an overdue electric bill)  to superstar (the 1960 Chevrolet Corvette he purchased after the success of Born to Run).   Among the highlights:  The Fender Esquire guitar from the cover of Born to Run, the outfit he wore on the cover of Born in the U.S.A., many notebooks with Springsteen's handwritten lyrics, and the Academy Award he won for the song "Streets of Philadelphia."  You'll see photos of Bruce and his family in Asbury Park, as well as a big sign from The Stone Pony.

Even if you're not a huge fan of Springsteen's music, you can't deny that this guy makes New Jersey proud.   And since Philly is such an easy drive from Ocean County,  I'd encourage you to check out this exhibition which runs through September.  http://constitutioncenter.org/ Depending on how much time you have and how much you want to read, watch, and listen, you could get through the displays in 45 minutes or take up to 2 hours.

In addition to all the cool artifacts, I really enjoyed watching the concert footage and interview clips of Bruce explaining his songwriting process.  It was fun to see a wall full of visitors' favorite Springsteen songs.  I added mine to the group:  "Tenth Avenue Freeze Out," because it's got great energy and reminds me of that awesome concert I saw when the guys first opened up the Meadowlands and played for hours.   What's YOUR favorite Springsteen song?

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