Bruce Springsteen’s sound cannot be separated from the E Street Band, especially the evocative keyboards of Danny Federici. I have so many vivid memories of Springsteen shows--from the Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina (1981!) to The Greek Theater for “The Seeger Sessions.” Last year, I had the privilege of catching Springsteen’s “Magic” reunion tour with the E Street Band at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Danny was in the house, commanding the keyboards. So the passing of Federici from skin cancer deserves a serious moment of silence and respect.
Although he created several solo works, Federici’s most distinguished recording remains “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy).” His accordian playing immediately snaps me back to the New Jersey boardwalk and an ocean breeze. Tonight, I play “Sandy” for Danny. As Springsteen sings–