Monday, June 20, 2011

Clarence "Big Man" Clemons-RIP

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Live 1975-1985, 1986, Columbia
Set of 5 records, could bring $25-75 dollars in near mint condition.

I don’t know about you, but for me, a well-played saxophone can evoke emotions that come from some subterranean place in my psyche.   Mournful and filled with regret, or joyful to the point of jubilation, the saxophone is an emotion machine.

And nobody played the sax like the “Big Man” Clarence Clemons, who passed away this week.   It wasn’t just his stature (6’4”) that made Clemons a big man.   He played big, and he lived big.
He’s best known for his long-time collaboration with Bruce Springsteen in the E-Street Band, but he played with lots of artists over the years and recorded solo as well.

RIP, Big Man.

This song, featuring Clemons, is especially poignant now that he’s gone:

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