There are some great rock and roll concert films: Martin Scorcese’s THE LAST WALTZ, with The Band and others; Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads doc STOP MAKING SENSE with David Byrne, and now I’ve seen another great one: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: LIVE IN DUBLIN, a documentary on the concerts held at the Point Theater in Dublin, Ireland in November 2006.

I confess I’m not that big a Springsteen fan, I’ve never bought on of his CDs, but this concert performance is special.  It’s not the E-Street band but the Sessions Band – two violins, keyboards/accordion, three back up singers, trombone, trumpet, three guitars, bass, drums and all purpose tuba/piccolo/ horn guy.  Everyone sang, everyone played, everyone had a good time….which is the key.

There’s a real sense of joy, of creative generosity, of improvisation, of party.  The musicians weren’t playing off of lead sheets, it looked like they were just playing and having the time of their lives.  Without music to read the musicians had a chance to relate to and enjoy each other.

That sense of spontaneous joy is infectious.  How’d they do it?

Well, from what I understand, Springsteen rehearses and rehearses and rehearses and rehearses which allows all the pieces of the creative puzzle to come together, to work together, to meld…in effect to look unrehearsed.

How is this relevant to writers?

Screenwriting is the same deal.

The more you write on your script, the better it gets.

The more you write the less work it looks like you’ve done.

The more you write the smoother and more effortless your writing becomes.

The more you write, the less it looks like you’ve written it.


For more words that will help your writing, take a look at:

THE LAST WORD – Definitive Answers to All Your Screenwriting Questions


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