Monday, June 27, 2011

No Clarence.

Been listening to a lot of Tenth Avenue Freeze Out since Clarence Clemons passed away last week. I must have 5 versions on my pod, most of which are captured live. It's a tight, concise story of how the E street band was formed and I keep thinking how hard it will be for Springsteen and the E street band to ever sing that again live since so prominently featured Clarence.

I guess he has three choices:

1. Never play it again. Sad but fitting.

2. Play it but change the lyrics to something in tribute the memory of Clarence. Sounds like Bruce.

3. The "Darren" solution - named after the character Darren in the Bewitched television show: Play it with some new Sax player and pretend he is the Big Man. He's the new Big Man.

The passing of band members as they get older is inevitable and now two original members of the E street band have passed, Danny Federici in 2008 and now Clarence. While Danny played in the back and has been very ably replaced by Charles Giordano, it's going to be tough to replace The Big Man, especially in Tenth Ave since there is a whole verse about him. His sax was such a big part of the E street sound.

There is no Danny song.

No denying it, the E Street band isn't going to be the same with out him.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


Last week was Youngest's son graduation from High School believe it or not. I'm still in shock that I have now two in College and thank goodness for that money tree otherwise I'm not sure how we would do it.

Because it threatened to thunderstorm, the Graduation itself was held in the High School Gymnasium which was near wood-fueled, brick-oven temperatures by time they got to the the "F"s. Notice I said the "threat" of rain. It never did actually rain, which the High School principal later acknowledged during a heat induced confession near the end of the ceremony.

img_4082:Lenape 2011 Graduation

This is actually our second indoor graduation. Oldest Son's 8th grade graduation was also held indoors as well. That was awful with the heat as recall too.

Everyone was relieved that the powers-that-be called an audible at the line and decided that they would forego the reading of the 50,000 awards and scholarships given out. I'm guess here but this decision came after the ceremony was stopped for a short time while the EMTs came a took away someone's Grandmom from the sweltering crowd.

This saved us from hearing that So-and-Sos kid got $250 dollars for the Classic Chevrolet most congenial scholarship. I think unless the award pays for more than several lunches in someone's future cafeteria, it shouldn't be read out loud.

My other scholarship idea is to have a financial award for the kid in the exact middle of the class ranking.  I'd call it the Suburban Stories "Welcome to the middle" scholarship.

Of course graduations mean parties and we had Youngest sons the day after graduation. Catered of course - after all we have that tree. The one thing you really don't think about when selecting the catered menu is "Am I going to be able to eat this for week after the party?". I swear by Wednesday I had sworn off fried chicken and pulled pork for life.

In other News, Oldest Son continues his adventures in Italy with a week in Sicily followed by ten days in Paris and then home. Yesterday was the Palermo, Sicily to Paris  travel day and I haven't heard from him yet so of course am a little concerned.

He will be returning to the states just after the 4th of July so we are looking forward to that.