Clarence Clemons: a storyteller in his own right

As the new year began in 1981 I grew entranced by a storyteller whose supporting cast I would later learn was more than just support.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have been more than musicians, and Clarence Clemons, who died Saturday, was a key player serving a role I didn’t quite get until I saw the band live 19 years after I became a fan.

Clarence’s stories were not spoken on Springsteen records, but the soulful saxophone he provided told stories during lyrical silence.

This week’s podcast is about the storytelling of Bruce and Clarence and how both were influential to me.

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