I wanted Clarence Clemons to live, to be well, to stay on the road.
That it didn’t come out that way reminds me forcefully of how big the world is and how it keeps turning, to rules either natural or supernatural or both, and that any old way you believe, we only get to see the tiniest of slivers of its glory.
Clarence was part of that glory, and like any great poem, on a good night (and there were so many!) his part could stand for the whole.
Looking at the obituaries this morning, my favorite quote was from the WaPost:
Mr. Clemons was once asked why he received almost as much applause as Springsteen on their shows together.
“It’s because of my innocence,” he said. “I have no agenda — just to be loved. Somebody said to me, ‘Whenever somebody says your name, a smile comes to their face.’ That’s a great accolade. I strive to keep it that way.”
And in an unlikely place, some words that get it right.