I’m a little off kilter because of traveling back and forth to Los Angeles during the week. But I didn’t want Clarence Clemons’ funeral to go unremarked upon here. According to reports in the Palm Beach newspaper and from the AP, the funeral– held on Tuesday–featured a beautiful eulogy from Bruce Springsteen, plus a solo acoustic rendering of “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out.” Nils Lofgren also played an instrumental solo, and Jackson Browne led the E Street Band on “You’re a Friend of Mine,” the 1985 hit he had with Clarence. Everyone was there, including Little Steven van Zandt. Here’s what Bruce said, according to the Palm Beach Daily News: “Clarence was a man of unconditional love, but his love came with a lot of conditions… He was a complex guy … an ongoing project. But when you were in his presence, it was like being in a sovereign nation.” According to the reports, Clarence’s ashes will be scattered in Hawaii. Condolences to the whole E Street family.
Thanks for everything, Big Man.