Gregory Sandow

  • Music

    I WANT TO like Bruce Springsteen, and like most of us I do, at the very least because he has an honest heart (though of course, as he says of all of us, also a hungry one). I admire him, too, for saying—on his latest album, Tunnel of Love—that he's got two faces. He's willing, to face a shadow self that jumps out while he's kissing his wife under, he romantically insists, a willow tree: “Two faces have I.”

    I too have a shadow, with a critic's face. My shadow was trained in classical music, and it asks me to justify not Springsteen's heart, but his work: his melody, for instance, which seems to