“This is a slightly revised version of the eulogy I delivered for Clarence at his memorial,” Bruce told Rolling Stone. “I’d like to thank all our fans and friends who have comforted us over the past Continue reading
… what working the crowd really means. After watching Continue reading
This was posted a year ago. Thinking of Bruce and Clarence as I prepare to travel to Sunderland for my very first Springsteen show …
I have decided to allow myself one more post concentrating on Clarence’s death. Which brings me to the very real danger of allowing oneself to concentrate on death – and to forget about life. And as we all know, he was a man who really enjoyed living.
One of my recurring thoughts during the week since his death was Continue reading
…. of a man who did what he loved and knew the power of a good laugh.
This wonderful post on Blogness expresses my feelings about the sharing of this sadness with the Continue reading
I see profound sadness in this picture. If fans are so devastated, how must Bruce be feeling?
I also see the supporting hand of a woman who Continue reading
As my neighbours are breaking up a concrete floor within a stone’s throw of my window, I feel that I am entitled to spend some time reading the wonderful posts coming in from fans and bloggers about the life and death of Clarence, instead of working on my novel. Anyway, it has also become an opportunity to revel in some really Continue reading
“It is with overwhelming sadness that we inform our friends and fans that at 7:00 tonight, Saturday, June 18, our beloved friend and bandmate, Clarence Clemons passed away. The cause was complications from his stroke of last Sunday, June 12th.
Clarence lived a wonderful life. He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage. His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years. He was my great friend, my partner, and with Clarence at my side, my band and I were able to tell a story far deeper Continue reading
One thing I have learned in life is that death usually catches us on the wrong foot. It does not matter if it comes swiftly and unexpectedly or after a warning. We do not understand it and we never will. We try to talk our way around it, there are lots of well-worn platitudes that try to make those who have been left behind feel better. Usually they only succeed in making it worse.
Here in South Africa it is Fathers’ Day today. It is a cold and dreary day where we live. Usually I love winter, I love the rain, as I grew up in a dry part of the country and also because my husband works in agriculcure. But today the windows are crying tears for a man I have never seen, never Continue reading
A fellow blogger has made a very clear case for his prediction that even if Clarence recovers from his stroke (as all of us are surely praying), he will most probably not be able to take his place on stage again. (For the life of me I cannot find the link again!) He then went further and explained that while it will be possible for Bruce to hire another sax player and continue with a tour, it will never be the same without the Big Man. Thus I must face the fact that most probably Clarence’s illness will mean the Continue reading
… because so many things are going through my head. I think about reaching milestones with a loved one by your side as Bruce and Patti in the previous post, about how it is one of the wonderful perks of getting older. But then I have noticed how during the last few years Bruce had to say good-bye to so many of the good people who have always surrounded him. Starting with Danny, of course. I get the idea that this is one of the most difficult things of growing older – the Continue reading
Yes, I have actually thought about something …. Continue reading