Saturday, June 18, 2011

RIP Big Man


Clarence Clemons, sax player and pillar of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, passed away at the age of 69 due to complications from a stroke suffered last weekend. I'd read about the updates that The Boss was handing out then.

The whole Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band experience had little in common with the life of a Great Plains farm boy. Their music spoke of an entirely different and foreign existence compared to what little I and my friends had experienced. However, the talent shone through - even us country bumpkins knew when we were hearing greatness.

Jungleland is my favorite Springsteen tune - even more so than Born to Run, which was kind of an anthem even to us. Mr. Clemons also has a substantial solo that successfully captured a gamut of emotions that even a musical dullard like myself could identify.

RIP Big Man.


drjim said...

R.I.P., Clarence.
Next to "Jungleland", my favorite is "Meeting Across The River".

Dad Bones said...

Ditto on the Jungleland sax solo; it soars.