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Old 06-18-2011, 10:58 PM   #46
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Dear God. This is incredibly hard news to handle. At the same time, I'm not as upset as I expected to be, should the worst have occurred. I think that has something to do with the idea that a person as talented as himself may never have been able to do that which he had been blessed to do. He lived to a very decent age, and he did great things while he was alive. To not be able to use your gifts any longer, through all the pain he had already been in...well I think you can see what I'm getting at.

I will cherish always the two shows I was able to see him at, especially the fact that at both shows, I am sure I got a nod, smile and wave from him as I cheered him as loud as best I could during each and every one of his solos, not just the big ones.

As a saxophone player, my two biggest favorite pop sax players are now gone. In my life, I had had a few chances to see Dave Matthews Band, and I always passed up that opportunity in order to save the money or go to other gigs because I figured, "Hey, they're young, I'll have other opportunities." When LeRoi Moore died, it shook me quite a bit, and it was at that point that I decided I had to see Bruce one more time, and I was incredibly glad I did. I was given the opportunity to see one of the greatest shows, most people argue, Bruce has done since the 70s, and I once again was afforded the opportunity to hear the Big Man play those melodies which many of us hold so dear.

I loved that guy, in my own way, not knowing him personally of course, and I had always hoped I'd have the opportunity to see him again, but I'm glad I was given the chances I was. The music he gave us, of course, will always live on, and for that, I'm quite grateful.

And now, I have finally started to make myself cry, so I think I'm done.


R.I.P.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:13 PM   #47
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R.I.P. Clarence. He embodied all of the soul and joy of the saxophone, and he was a truly gifted musician in terms jazz and blues - in that sense he represented the essence of rock and roll.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:18 PM   #48
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YouTube - ‪Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Jungleland‬‏

wow... just watched this from pitchfork's links. live music really doesn't get much better than that.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:47 PM   #50
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Old 06-19-2011, 02:49 AM   #52
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i never know what to say when someone passes away so i'll just leave it with r.i.p.
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Old 06-19-2011, 04:25 AM   #53
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Never got a chance to see Clarence perform and I feel worse off because of it. Loved you Big Man and you will be sorely missed. Tears....
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This is the first news I saw when I woke up a few minutes ago. So sad. He was such a warm and generous man, iconic, larger than life. And his contributions to Bruce's music are immeasurable. He will be missed. Very much.
R.I.P. Clarence.
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I can't find the Bomb Scare Show on Youtube, maybe later I'll upload the audio to this on there so you can hear it yourself, but this is a great story Bruce told about meeting Clarence (Bruce, mind you, was plastered beyond all reason while he told this story)



And then the song began
Stevie... that's what we needed... a saxophone!
(Just listened to that performance of The E Street Shuffle, all 25 glorious minutes of it)
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RIP big guy. Will be dearly missed.
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RIP. The first I heard of his death was at the Anaheim show last night when Bono dedicated "Moment of Surrender" to Clarence, Bruce and the E Street Band. As much as Clarence was an E Street fixture, it's easy to tell he was well respected by many other artists as well for his talent. Will be pulling out some Bruce songs tonight.
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Fuck.
That about sums it up.


R.I.P. Clarence. Greatest rock n roll saxophonist there'll ever be.
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