Archive for August 2011

Firmly drawn lines

Aug 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Pop thinking

Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Highway Patrolman’ was played on the radio as the last light of the evening slowly faded. It seemed fitting music for driving Midland roads on the last night of summer; a sense of something having been lost, of something gone beyond recovery, in the song’s case the end of a friendship, in the calendar’s case, another season forever gone beyond recall.

The end in the ‘Highway Patrolman’ is more than an emotional separation, it is a physical parting, made possible through the line on a map, the border …