I love Bradley Beach. It's a tiny town with the biggest heart. I've always been a beach person, and I've been a Springsteen fan since he first came on the music scene in the early 70's.
When I moved to Bradley Beach in 2005, I landed in the heart of Springsteen country. I walked the walks he walked, and on a daily basis, I experienced the places he referred to in his songs. The Boss even lived in Bradley Beach for a time where he wrote "Sandy, Fourth of July," an iconic Jersey shore boardwalk tune that calls up the carnival atmosphere of the shore and warm summer days and of course falling in love. He also penned "Rosalita," inspired by the girl he lived with in Bradley Beach.
The more I soaked in the town, the more I realized how a sense of place wove into the fabric of Springsteen's songs, and that gave me the desire to capture a story that linked to his songs.