There’s Still Christmas, And There’s Still Clarence
Posted on December 19, 2011
Today marks 6 months exactly since the day that the E Street Nation received the worst news of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band’s 40 year history – the day that Big Man, Clarence Clemons, died.
I wrote a post the day he died which remains unsurpassed as the most emotional thing I have ever written. 1000 words for the Big Man.
Whilst it is true that Clemons has been dead now for 6 months, the amount of love which he has left the world, and which is left in people’s hearts for him the world over still remains stronger than ever before. Whilst nothing will ever take away from the pain which the death of the Big Man caused throughout the whole of the E Street Nation, not to mention Clarence’s friends, family, and of course band, to this day we still find comfort in the music which he left us, the love which he gave us, and the light he provided in a world which can so often be so dark.
The love which Clarence Clemons exuded will never leave us, and as The Boss himself said, “Clarence doesn’t leave the E Street Band when he dies. He leaves when we die.”
Whilst Clarence isn’t still here physically, everything which made him The Big Man (other than his frame of course), is still here. His love, his compassion, his devotion, his kindness, his dreams, and his music… Everything which defined him as the great person that he was - and still is – remains. It remains within us, around us, and in his music. It will forever be there for us to draw upon as the emotional support, energy, and love so vital for sustaining us in our lives.
Death is not the end – some would say it is merely the beginning. Whatever it is, the Big Man has experienced it, or as I like to think, it experienced Clarence. Heaven is now more perfect than it ever has been before. In the Promised Land now sits Clarence Clemons, eternal in his love, and with his music. He’s playing the big Sax in the sky today, and will be forever more.
So, for that reason I ask you, whilst we pause to remember the Big Man and what this date means, and whilst we all feel that pain which we experienced 6 months ago, dwell not on his death, but concentrate on his love, his life, and on his music… For it will always be there, and one day when the Band is reunited in heaven, The Promised Land, the E Street Band will become joined in love and harmony once more, for all of eternity. Until then we remember Clarence (& Danny) and thank God for them, listen to their music, and live our lives as they lived theirs – for others. Until one day we take our rightful places in paradise, which for us, the E Street Nation, looks like one exceptionally long gig.
In the mean time, let us rejoice in the music of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and seek comfort and happiness in the communion which we share as a community in love with the music of ‘The heart-stopping, pants-dropping, house-rocking, earth-shaking, booty-quaking, Viagra-taking, love-making -Le-gen-dary E – Street – Band!’
And remember, There’s Still Christmas.