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Hi everyone! So tomorrow is kind of a big deal... I’ll be flying to New Jersey on my own for the first time ever. My first time on my own flying anywhere! I know a lot of you are probably thinking ‘there’s nothing hard about that’ but if you know me personally, you’d perhaps know that I suffer with some anxiety. Growing up this way, it’s all I’ve known, so tomorrow is a pretty big step for me. I’ve spent a lot of years not being able to do stupid, small things by myself, like going shopping etc. But, on today’s episode of Reasons Why Rachel is Thankful for Greasy Lake, I’ve definitely become a lot braver. Thanks to this place, I’ve met up with people who are complete strangers (all of whom have been lovely, by the way!), travelled by myself to London and wherever. Even stayed at a Laker’s house! So thank you to the world of Bruce for giving me some much needed confidence. So yeah, in the next big step I’m taking as a person, I’m also going to again be the international Greasy Lake correspondent and bringing you along on my next Bruce trip, if that’s ok. Where do I begin.. well, I’ve got two things planned in Asbury Park this weekend that I’m pretty bloody excited about. I think I’ve mentioned on here before about the whole Clarence Clemons ‘Who Do I Think I Am?’ film saga, but in case you missed it, I’ll recap. Basically they’re re-releasing this film, having edited it and added parts etc. 2 years ago (YES TWO YEARS), I bought two VIP tickets to the film premiere at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park. It was due to be finished, and released that September. That was kind of the whole reason for purchasing the tickets, as it was due to fall around the time of my 20th birthday. Unfortunately, the premiere got put on hold, which was ok because I still spent that time in New Jersey exploring the shore towns, and I visited the Walter Kerr for the first time on that trip too. But months went by, and I didn’t really hear much about what was happening, so I just forgot about it. It wasn’t until the beginning of this year I believe, that they finally said it was happening, and being released as part of the Asbury Park Music and Film Festival. It’s been a long time coming, but now it’s here. I’m really excited for it actually, despite the wait. Here is an old trailer of the film: It just makes me so happy, to finally be a part of something Bruce/Clarence related in Asbury Park itself. The sound of Clarence’s saxophone is honestly what gives me life. I only wish I could’ve seen him live. But I think, seeing this film, might just be the closest I’ll get, and that’s ok. There’s also going to be a discussion panel after the screening, featuring the directors/producers and Jake Clemons which I can’t wait for either! Next up, literally straight after the Clarence film, we will be seeing the Springsteen Archives film premiere directed by Thom Zimny. I actually just saw this morning that this is now sold out. Again, like I said with the Clarence film, it’ll just be so amazing to be part of something Bruce related in Asbury finally. I know it’s hardly surprising, but I bet there’ll be tears The best part of it all, is that @rosiejaneymary will be coming with me! I’ll also be staying with her from tomorrow onwards, so expect more excitement over visiting New Jersey supermarkets and potential pancakes. I’m just so excited to be back in New Jersey, and to be able to smell that salty sea air on Saturday. It has been almost 6 months since I was last there after all! I’ll of course post lots of photos and provide updates and reviews regarding the Bruce stuff in Asbury. Just fingers crossed Bruce doesn’t suddenly make an album announcement while I’m on the plane for 8 hours with no WiFi... I think there’s still tickets for the Clarence film left if anyone wants to go, here’s a link for you: https://www.apmff.org/tickets/2019/3/11/clarence-clemons-who-do-i-think-i-am If anyone already has tickets for either/both events, feel free to say hi! Wish me luck! I’m leaving for London this evening ready to fly tomorrow, so not long to go now...