Farewell, Clarence

June, 18, 2011
6/18/11
6:26
PM PT


Here's the thing about Clarence Clemons, besides being part of music that has meant so much to me for what I can now say is most of my life.

The saxophone can so often be a cheesy instrument, feeling very much like an affectation, insincere. With the Big Man, it was something completely different – something searing, something jolting, something that could make you exult, or tear up, or both.

The passing of Clarence Clemons is a devastating loss for those like me who didn't know him personally – I can only imagine what it's like for those who did – mitigated by knowing that his music will live forever.

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