We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I was once walking in Boston around North Station, when I saw a crowd of people wearing colorful Guatemalan jackets. I couldn't figure out where these people had come from. I later read that there was a Grateful Dead concert in town. Aha, I thought to myself
first keyboard player was Bruce Hornsby. He toured with the boys for a brief period after Mydland died.
The other was Vince Wellnick and he wound up being their last keyboard player before the band met their untimely end with the death of Garcia.
They were a truly iconic American band. They covered so many of the great American masters; Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard, Dylan, as well as so much music from the national archives.
They were versatile, fun, all accomplished musicians, and greatly under-rated. If you never got to see them live you missed something wonderful.
For all who love the G.D. and Dylan there are 2 albums available that would surely bring joy;
Dylan & The Dead, a series of recordings from the mid-80's tour together. and
Postcards of The Hanging is an album of all Dylan tunes done by the Dead.
Also GratefulDead.net is a great 24 hours, continuous run of Dead music.
Saw dozens of shows between 9/3/80 Springfield MA and 6/22/95 Albany, NY. I was probably walking the Boston streets that day Gringo. Saw most of the Boston Garden shows in 1991, '93 and at least one in '94.
I'm currently amazed each time I see a wonderful new Americana band from Brooklyn called Yarn. They have a fellow name Andrew Hendryx who plays acoustic and electric mandolin and he absolutely soars among the many great songs they write. He reminds me of a cross between Garcia and Metheney.
The GD are great! Thanks for the link to Yarnmusic.net. I hadn't heard of these lads before. I like what I hear. It also led me to another new group (The Infamous Stringdusters). It was a good visit allround.
Well I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. As the heading of this blog denotes, we ain't control freaks around here so you're free to denegrate the man. I'll savor the 15 years of amazement that he provided me.
Here's a Jerry quote that speaks louder for me than a one-off dis on cops:
“You need music, I dont know why.It's probably one of those Joseph Campbell questions, why we need ritual. We need magic and bliss, and power and myth, and celebration and religion in our lives and music is a good way to encapsulate a lot of it.”