Looking back: The ties that bind …

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

Looking back: Bruce on Clarence

“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

Looking back: Salute, Big Man!

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

Is this the end?

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

Looking back: I cannot decide on a caption for this post …

… 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