Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Of Rodo & Russert

I do not care what your politics are, but you cannot answer "Yes" to the following question without admitting that you are lying to yourself:  If a potential new hire sat across your desk from you and was as obviously unprepared for a job interview, for which interview the potential new hire had been given weeks to prepare, as Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was for her January 17, 2017 hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, then would you hire her?

But I digress.

If you are a fan of Bruce Springsteen, as I am, then I cannot recommend this CD enough.  I actually ordered two copies of this show - I sent one of them to Rob.  It proved to be the final show that Clarence Clemons played as a member of the E Street Band.  We know now what Springsteen could not have known as he introduced Clarence - last of course - as a member of the "heart-stopping, pants-dropping, Earth-shaking, love-making, booty-shaking, Viagra-taking, history-making, legendary E Street Band" during American Land, which was that the Big Man would no longer be Scooter's wing man, which makes the introduction - for all of its silliness - quite poignant. 

This disc has been on heavy rotation on my car's CD player since its arrival at my home several days ago.  I was driving to my office from a deposition yesterday afternoon listening to it and shortly before I arrived in Parsippany, Springsteen introduced Clarence that one last time.  Listening to him do it, I felt both happy and more than a little sad, as it reminded me of an old dear friend who occupies a prominent place in my heart and in my memory but who I shall never again see or hear.  

I suppose, at least, we shall always have Buffalo.  And as more than one learned Buffalonian has assured me over the years, if you have Buffalo, then all in all you are doing just fine. 


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