Bruce Springsteen has written a new song for the indie movie, She Came To Me. The film premieres at the Berlin Film Festival this weekend and co-stars Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, and Anne Hathaway.
The new Springsteen track, “Addicted To Romance,” features longtime Springsteen producer Ron Aniello behind the boards with the film's primary composer and orchestrator Bryce Dessner, along with backing vocals by Patti Scialfa, Benjamin Lanz on trombone, and Kyle Resnick on trumpet.
Director Rebecca Miller shed light on how she snagged “The Boss” to contribute the song to her film: “I really love Bruce’s music. For the end of She Came To Me, we wanted an original song. I had a secret wish it might be Bruce, but I was reluctant to ask because I felt it was so unlikely, and frankly I was a bit shy. . . I approached him. Bruce and (his wife Patti Scialfa) ended up watching the film, and, to my delight, they both loved it! Bruce said he’d take a few days to see if anything came to him for a song. Miraculously, 'Addicted To Romance' was the result. He says he was inspired by the film, which is a great honor for me.”
It's probably no coincidence that Bruce Springsteen was drawn to a film, in which psychotherapy plays a significant role. Springsteen has been open about how therapy has centered him as depression has continued to lay him pretty low with seemingly no notice: “It lasted for a long time. In my 60's it would last for a year, then it would slip away, then it would come back for a year-and-a-half. It sneaks up on you. It's like this thing that engulfs you. I got to where I didn't want to get out of bed, and you're not behaving very well at home, and you're tough on everybody — hopefully not the kids. I always tried to hide it from the kids, but, y'know, Patti really had to work with me through it. And her strength and the love she had was very important, y'know, as far as guiding me through it. She said, 'Well, you're going to be okay — maybe not today' (laughs) '. . . or tomorrow, but it's gonna be alright.”
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band perform tonight (February 14th) at Houston's Toyota Center.