With the death of Clarence Clemons, the saxophone has been on my mind a lot this week. The iconic E Street Band member (AKA “The Big Man”) suffered a stroke last week and passed away at the age of 69.
This is especially sad because I feel like the sax is having a moment in music right now. Seems like every time I turn on my radio, there’s a pop song with an epic sax solo. It’s taking me straight back to the ’80s. Is anyone else noticing this?
Take Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” video. Aside from the general channeling of ’80s Madonna, there is this amazeboats saxophone solo that really brings it home. Somebody bring me a street sprayer quick! I need to recreate this video:
And, despite the many holes in the plot of this video (are they in the ’80s? If so, why are there laptops and DDR? If she got a makeover, why was she back in her nerd clothes? Yes, I think about these things), Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night (TGIF” video is a masterful homage to the ’80s. Complete with a Kenny G cameo! Regard:
That video is real serious. Last but not least, there is this prank featuring the sexy sax man, Sergio Flores which blew up this spring:
“He’s playing to a baby right now!”
So folks, tell me, is it just me? Is the saxophone everywhere this year? RIP Clarence Clemons. Make the most of your day, everyone! xx