A Few Words from Clarence Clemons (UPDATED) (UPDATED AGAIN: "MIRACLES ARE HAPPENING")

Clarence is in the hospital right now, laid low by a stroke. Reports have him “in the fight of his life,” but also responsive and stable. Think of him now and send your very best wishes and hopes, though chances are excellent that he’s doing just fine on his own. He’s a fighter, and a resilient one at that.

UPDATE FROM CC FRIEND ON BACKSTREETS.COM: “MIRACLES ARE HAPPENING”

Here are some things I heard him say a few months back. Something to think about while you’re thinking about him.

“I should tell you the story of my grandfather’s church, and the gospel music inside the church. That’s a fine way to get into music. The gospel music…I saw how it influenced people. My grandfather would be screaming about hellfire and brimstone — the devil’s gonna getcha! That didn’t register for me. But when the choir sang it touched me. Inside of me. The music gave a real reality to me. I felt the same thing with the saxophone. It touched my soul.

“It ain’t about the money, man. It’s the love for what I do. People come to the show for more than a party. They’re looking for some kind of spiritual stability. You can feel the power; all that focus.

“With all that pain and agony I went through on the last tour – I’d do it again. There’s something about being on stage. I call it the Healing Floor. I do all this shit up there and then I think back later and say, ‘How the hell did I do that?’ But it’s what I’m supposed to do. It revives me.”

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