Music is nature's language. What it is telling you is to shut up for once and listen.
Grateful dead is rock, it's blues, its…. Really? Is it rock? Try telling that to a led zeppelin fan and you will get a look of disgust. Is it blues? I don’t think any howling wolf fan will agree with you. Is it country? I don’t think these sissies ever even held a shotgun. So what is it?
You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…
What? Grateful dead? World music? is he nuts? Well, yes. I am , but that is besides the point. What is referred to as 'world music' these days is anything that is not done by a white man, usually in the USA. I am very sorry, but I don’t really accept this definition. World music is music that has geographical roots and it doesn’t matter where it is made.
A peaceful place, so it looks from space. A close look reveals the human race."
I am pinkish enough to be called white, but I am far from being American so for me there is very little difference between Cambodian rock, African blues from mali, or bluegrass from the rocky mountains of the north America.
But grateful dead is rock, it's blues, its…. Really? Is it rock? Try telling that to a led zeppelin fan and you will get a look of disgust. Is it blues? I don’t think any howling wolf fan will agree with you. Is it country? I don’t think these sissies ever even held a shotgun. So what is it?
Rat cat ally, roll them bones, need that cash to feed the jones. And the politicians throwing stones, singing ashes, ashes, all fall down. "
That is what I love about the grateful dead. It is American music. it encompasses so many styles and directions, from blue grass mandolins and violins, through blues acoustic riffs, electric long pondering solos, eight minutes drum solos that touch the jazz realm, and singing that does not fall into any category I know.
Some say that the grateful dead is all jerry Garcia. They are wrong. Personally I agree with them, but that is because I am wrong too. The grateful dead is a group in each and every sense of the word, it is individuals bringing together bits and pieces of their musical past and prowess, knowledge and influences into something that is completely different, completely new.
Standing on the moon with nothing left to do. Lovely view of heaven, but I'd rather be with you."
The reason most people think, and for that matter feel, that jerry Garcia IS the grateful dead is that other then the fact he is an amazing guitar player and great songwriter, he is just so adorable. Almost cuddly. Always smiling, always high as a kite, always just asking people to leave him alone so he can make that beautiful beautiful music.
A box of rain will ease the pain, and love will see you through."
And did I already mention he is missing a finger? There is something about guitar players with less than the agreed upon number of fingers that makes them better than everybody else, maybe it is the fact they try harder or just the basic notion that they can't really do things the usual (boring) way and have to think of alternatives that creates a sound that is different, special.
I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves." - Jerry Garcia
As I grew up on the other side of the world, I never had the opportunity of seeing him live, but I did see Ohil Lesh, their legendary bass player and friends in concert, playing a lot of the dead material.
What can I say? It was an amazing concert, a bit hazy around the edges, and from what I remember it was a great experience, but it wasn’t the grateful dead, so I guess jerry was indeed the missing link, that secret component that made it magical.
You got to listen to the heavens, you got to try to understand. The greatness of their movement is just as small as it is grand."
Some say it was the drugs and the alcohol. Here I have to completely disagree. Drugs never bring anything new to a person, they might enhance, they might amplify, they might take away some inhibitions and open the doors of the mind, but what the grateful dead had was much deeper than that.
It was the joy of making music, the happiness in people's eyes as they danced, and that and only that is why the music never stopped.