"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sad Weekend in the Regular Guy's House - The Big Man, RIP

The Regular Family is back from vacation and moving on into summer in Wisconsin (naturally, it's raining cats and dogs here today).    The Regular Son had four baseball games over the weekend; the Regular Girls tried out for a summer musical at the local high school; the Regular Wife dug out from a mound of vacation laundry; and the Regular Guy himself celebrated Father's Day at the backyard neighbor's fish boil.   All in all, it would have been great, but for the sad news that Clarence Clemons, the saxaphonist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, passed away at 69 from a stroke.

Now, this might not be earth-shattering news in every household.   But in our house, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band border on an obsession.   We have all the records, we listen to E Street radio in the car, and the Regular Son can play virtually all of the Boss' songs on the guitar.   So losing Clarence was not quite like losing a member of the family, but close -- it's like losing a much-beloved teacher or coach.  

So, in tribute, here's the Big Man in his greatest moment, playing the sax solo from "Jungleland."  

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