Check out this amazing article about Cantor Bruce and the late Clarence Clemons.
FREE DOWNLOAD: CLARENCE'S "HEALING PRAYER"
a nationally known cantor and major fan of all things
Springsteen-related, underwent emergency heart surgery in 2000. The
experience inspired him to write and record the song "The Healing
Prayer," which since has been embraced by various synagogues and
churches whenever members of the congregation face periods of pain and
re-recorded the song in 2007 while serving at his Florida synagogue.
Clarence Clemons, facing his own bouts with pain and surgery at that
time, heard an early mix of that re-recording through a mutual friend
and immediately expressed great interest in adding his saxophone to the
track. In short order, Clemons was invited by Benson to contribute to
the recording. Coincidentally, Benson called into last Friday's edition
of E Street Radio's Live From the E Street Nation with Dave Marsh
to discuss his 2007 recording session with Clemons. According to
Benson, Clarence "spent about an hour and a half getting this thing down
just right in spite of the fact that everybody in the studio knew he
was in pain." The result is a beautiful recording that highlights the
sweet, soothing side of the Big Man's sax, providing some sorely needed
comfort, calmness, and hope to anyone who needs it for any reason,
regardless of her or his personal beliefs.
"The Healing Prayer" featuring Clarence Clemons was released on Bruce Benson’s CD The Rock Service,
a collection of original compositions and new melodies set to
traditional Jewish prayers. In light of this past week's news regarding
Clarence, Benson now is offering "The Healing Prayer" as a FREE mp3 on our Downloads
page to add to the many prayers and wishes for Clarence and his family.
In lieu of receiving any money for the download, Bruce simply requests
that each downloader make whatever donation he or she can to WhyHunger.
Under the "Type of Donation" section, donors are asked to complete the
section to read, "In Honor of Clarence Clemons and The Healing Prayer."
- June 17, 2011 - Shawn Poole reporting - images courtesy of Liz Denmark Photography
Reprinted with permission from www.backstreets.com