“I hadn’t yet left for New York. At this time, with the first two Bruce records, he was big in Jersey and Philly, so we kind of thought of him as ours in a way. When Born To Run came out, it was like, ‘Oh, sure, now everybody likes him.’
“There was something I could relate to lyrically on this record. It felt like it was mine. He would write specific sorts of stories about these characters, and that’s something people don’t do so much anymore. They were theatrical in a way – cinematic. And you knew these characters, too. You could relate to them.
“It was kind of the opposite of James Taylor, who was more like, ‘This is what’s going on in my heart.’ Every song was going to be a little hint into who James was. Bruce’s thing was more along the lines of ‘I’m going to write about the people I know and love.’ That was his job, to bring those lives to the forefront.”