Springsteen to release album of TV theme song covers
"I was watching a lot of old TV shows with my kids," said Springsteen from his New Jersey home, "and I was just struck by how enduring some of those old theme songs are. 'These happy days are yours and mine' speaks in some fashion to a dream a lot of people still harbored in the '70s, even after the idealism of the '60s had started to turn back on itself and die away. 'Green acres is the place to be,' same thing. It captures a strain of agrarian utopianism that has very deep roots in America.
"As an artist, it's my job to preserve a little bit of that if I can."
Springsteen is expected to follow with a short tour beginning in May, backed by a satellite dish, 13-inch Magnavox, and remote control. "We're looking at small venues, mostly," he added. "Places with that living room sound, that living room feel."