Remembering The Big Man

One of the all-time greats died on this day in 2011. Clarence ‘Big Man’ Clemons passed too soon from this existence. We keep losing our touchstones, the ones that act as signposts to a life better lived.

I obviously never knew this extraordinary man, except through the music he gave us, but his passing has left a hole in my world that I know will never be filled. This blog post from the week he left us touched me and I felt compelled to share.

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“…my soul is lost, my friend….”
~ My City of Ruins, Bruce Springsteen

Saturday evening, my wife was out with a friend. My kids were asleep, I was finishing up dinner, trying to get into Inception.

At some point, I checked my Twitter feed and noticed that RIP Clarence Clemons was a trending topic. (yes, Twitter is how I often get my news now). I did a quick Google search and found out, from that the legendary saxophonist of the E Street Band had passed away due to complications from the stroke he suffered last week.

I think we fans all knew this news was inevitable. The Big Man had been not well lately. When The Geek Whisperer and I saw Springsteen and the E Street Band opening night of the last stand at Giants Stadium back in 2009, Clarence spent most of the show seated. He had…

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10 thoughts on “Remembering The Big Man

  1. Thank you very much for reposting, sir! I posted the Stone Pony photo to my FB page, and someone put “The day the Big Man left the band.” Not true (though I won’t argue the point n FB.) CC IS E Street Band. He may not be on stage, but he’s never left it.

    PS: Been reading your back posts…Glad you had a good time in NJ/NY recently. And congratulations on the upcoming nuptials!

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  2. Even before I saw who you were talking about in this post, I thought of Clarence Clemons when I saw the words “The Big Man” in the title. Of course I did! It also brought to mind my favorite song from Springsteen:

    Thank you for remembering what day it was, and the sadness it will always foster.


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