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  • Bruce Springsteen: I love skinny-dipping

    If you see a naked man swimming in the ocean at night, do not be alarmed.

    It might be Bruce Springsteen.

    The Boss delivered an ode to the joys of summer on his “Bruce Springsteen: From His Home, To Yours” broadcast of Wednesday, July 15 on Sirius XM's E Street Radio channel. The show was called “Summertime, Summertime.”

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    Those joys include skinny-dipping.

    “There is nothing like the sea at night when the water is slightly warmer than the air, even though the air is humid after a 95 degree day,” Springsteen said. “God, I love swimming at night. It is all darkness and mystery. It is the void and it must be done naked. Clothes at the waterline, please. Do this, and my pilgrim, you will become cleansed. Never will the evening air, or a kiss on the beach, or a dry towel, ever feel so good again. The walk to the car will be filled with starlit grace and you will never forget it.

    “Once you hit the water, you will be covered in the blossoming beauty of your youth no matter how old you are and whoever you're with, you will always remember them.”

    Springsteen, as one could probably tell from his songs, loves summer. His telling of summer stories on the broadcast , and the songs that accompanied them, went beyond nostalgia to an almost impressionistic hue.

    Springsteen spoke of walking the streets of Freehold in the middle of the night, hitch-hiking to the beach in Manasquan, drive-in movies and the big Freehold drug bust in the Summer of 1967. The Boss, not one to partake, was not arrested but it did mean the end of his first band, the Castiles.

    He read surfing magazines as a kid.

    “The advertisements for Fender guitars,” Springsteen said. “The true objects of my desires. Three white Fenders, a bass, a Stratocaster and a Jaguar. I spent hours in my room salivating over those guitars.”

    Springsteen would later become make history with a Fender – a modified Telecaster. There was a hint of future music to come on the broadcast before he played a “studio outtake” of his “County Fair.” Unreleased songs recorded in the period between “The River” and “Nebraska” “will show up magically,” Springsteen said.

    Summer is a season of magic.

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    Love his music, and love his attitude!