Bruce Springsteen says he has no plans to create an entire album attacking President Trump, even though he released an anti-Trump song in August.
"I really got out a lot of what I had to say in that vein on "Wrecking Ball." I'm not driven to write any anti-Trump diatribe; that doesn't feel necessary at the moment," Springsteen said in an interview released Tuesday.
In August, Springsteen and longtime friend Joe Grushecky released "That's What Makes Us Great," which was meant to rebuke Trump's campaign motto "Make America Great Again."
Springsteen, who supported Hillary Clinton, said he chose not to do more because there are many anti-Trump voices present in the entertainment and news industries.
"[I]t's everywhere and all over, ya know? It feels a little redundant to me at the moment. And, once again, I always try to look at what I can deliver that's personal to me and of most value. The audience has a wide variety of needs; whatever you're writing, you're trying to meet your own need," Springsteen told Variety.
Springsteen hasn't shied away from taking on political subjects in the past. His massive hit "Born in the U.S.A." skewered the way the country treated veterans returning from the war in Vietnam and he wrote multiple songs taking on President Reagan during his presidency.
Later, Springsteen wrote a controversial song about a shooting in New York City where police killed a man who was reaching for his wallet during a traffic stop. The song, "American Skin," caused police to protest Springsteen.
"I still believe people fundamentally come to music to be entertained — yes, to address their daily concerns, and yes, also to address political topics, I believe music can do that well. But I still believe fundamentally it's an affair of the heart. People want you to go deeper than politics, they want you to reach inside to their most personal selves and their deepest struggles with their daily lives and reach that place; that's the place I'm always trying to reach. I'd never make a record that's just polemical, I wouldn't release it if I did. To me, that's just an abuse of your audience's good graces," Springsteen explained.
"And when it comes up, I write 'em. If I felt that strongly, I'd do it now. But I watch myself, because I think you can weigh upon your audience's indulgence in the wrong way," he added. "I never wanted to be just a proselytizer for an ideological point of view. That's not my job; that's somebody else's job."