Grateful Dead

30 Days of Dead November 15

Today's Song

"Bird Song"
Hint: Another song from Jerry's first solo record. A big, soaring live version from the archivist's first show.
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Hartford, CT, Civic Center
3/26/1987
This "Bird Song" is a great example of the peaks that song could attain, with some of the peakiest peak versions coming in 1987. This is from my first show, and even then, at 16 years old, I knew something special was happening

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Well Said

Redlodge,
N.O., LA Oct. 18, 1988. A darlin' gal that I did not know came up to me after entering the venue. She took my hand, put a j in it. and said "Happy Birthday". It was my Grateful Dead birthday. I've enjoyed that thought. It continues to be radical in good ways.

Hope you don't mind the repost.
You nailed it! This writing is very well said...

"Before March 24, 1987, I owned American Beauty and a greatest hits album, but that was all I knew of the Dead. I thought they were great, and I couldn't wait to see them, but I really had no idea what I was in for. I was just going to check them off the list and move onto the next band. Terrapin Station changed all that. And when they broke out Not Fade Away, I was excited because I recognized it as a Buddy Holly song. I didn't even realize that was a Dead anthem at that point. I never saw a rock concert the same way again. It wasn't just that I saw the Dead again and again. I never saw another live music event the same way again, no matter who the band was, no matter the setting, down to buddies of mine playing the guitar by a campfire. Because of that experience, if I like a band, I'll see them as often as I possibly can. I learned to experience music in a profound and life enriching way every single time I listen to it."

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Terrapin3000

You are very kind, thanks. I'm glad you could relate to it.

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March 1987

My first show was two days before this in Hampton, Virginia. I was 20 years old, and that show changed my life; at the very least, it seriously refined my musical palate. I was really into music at that time. I had worked in a record store in high school, and I had inherited my much older brother's record collection which dated from the early 70s. I loved going to concerts, but it was more like collecting scalps than really seeing a show. When I saw a band, even an outstanding band like the Police or REM (both of which kicked ass live), I'd put a notch on my belt and think that I could check that band off my list. Before March 24, 1987, I owned American Beauty and a greatest hits album, but that was all I knew of the Dead. I thought they were great, and I couldn't wait to see them, but I really had no idea what I was in for. I was just going to check them off the list and move onto the next band. Terrapin Station changed all that. And when they broke out Not Fade Away, I was excited because I recognized it as a Buddy Holly song. I didn't even realize that was a Dead anthem at that point. I never saw a rock concert the same way again. It wasn't just that I saw the Dead again and again. I never saw another live music event the same way again, no matter who the band was, no matter the setting, down to buddies of mine playing the guitar by a campfire. Because of that experience, if I like a band, I'll see them as often as I possibly can. I learned to experience music in a profound and life enriching way every single time I listen to it.

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And that, my friends, is what

And that, my friends, is what 'getting it' is all about. This music, this vibe, this cultural experience, this brother- and sisterhood. When one finds something this strongly tribal, uplifting, mysterious, miraculous, unfolding, soothing, rocking, moving, danceable, hook-laden, (oh why not!) groovy...you just want more and more.

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Bird

Song. ....one of my favorite songs ever ......I love this band ...thanks for the great music for 51 years and counting

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Archivist?

Confused by discussion over this. Dick was great, now Dave is doing great! Saw my first show in 1968, and have never looked back. Just enjoy!

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The Mom's Have It!

My buddy Bill & I were driven to our first Dead show by BOTH of our Mom's. As a teenager I'm sure I was pretty embarrassed, but all these years later I'm really glad that's how it went down.

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Tell me all that you know...

If you hear that same sweet song again, will you know why? It's maybe cause you went to the show.... You'll not see nothing like your first Grateful Dead show! Thanks so much for the 30 Days!!

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Archivists Quandary?

As the saying goes...The King is Dead...Long Live The King. Keeps it all so simple.

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Hooray for Moms

My mom also drove me to a show, and came with me. Not my first, which was with my dad. Mom and I cruised down to Soldier Field in our 78 Caprice Classic and we were listening to What a Long Strange Trip cassette. We had seats up in the bowl over on the Vince side, and I was so confused about Bruce playing too. Mom loved him. Some friendly soul gave me this hippie leather hat and we all danced. I remember the Weight encore because I had just seen Easy Rider. It was summer of 1991 and I was I'm between 7th and 8th grade. After when we were driving home my mom said she was glad I didn't like Guns n Roses anymore! It was a really gorgeous night and sometimes when I am driving with my mom now I'll play some Dead and she'll reminisce. I'm a lucky guy.

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Today’s clue?

It’s everyone’s belief that Dave is the one posting these, correct? I agree...until today’s clue. Would Dave call himself “the archivist”? It seems to me “the archivist”, would be Dick....and Dave, his successor. It just seems if he were writing this, he would have said, “the present-day-archivist’s first show”. And then there are other archivists that archive other media. Those that right up liner notes, due to their excessive knowledge of live shows. Blair Jackson for instance, or Dennis McNally. David Gans. Nicholas Meriweather and the “archive” at UC Santa Cruz’s McHenry Library. Meriweather’s first show was in fall of 1985. And what about the various photographers, are they not archiving the band, even the music and the era, through photos?
Back to my first point...in my eyes, “the archivist” is Dick Latvala. His first shows, that quote, “he can remember absolutely”, where the Trips Festival shows on January 21, 22, 23, 1966 at the Longshoreman’s Hall!!
I got today’s show correct almost immediately, around 2am last night, by the repeat opening riffs, and the sound of Jerry’s voice. It took me 4 or 5 shows, before landing the correct one. I assumed, “the archivist”, in this clue was Dave. But i think the title can be placed atop the heads of a number of folks! And perhaps, one of them, Dick, more accurately. Don’t get me wrong, I love you, Dave, but “the archivist” or “the present day archivist”? Just sayin...

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I like the title "legacy manager"

per Grateful Dead on Facebook: David Lemieux (the band's official archivist, producer, & legacy manager)

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Methinks...

you have over-thought the entire matter. But this space is for obsessives (count me one), so have at it.

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MeAlsoThinks

that's entirely possible :)

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Archivist

I believe that at some point the Grateful Dead gave Dick Latvala the official title of "Archivist" as the curator of their recordings. Later on, Dick brought Dave on to handle the video recordings. After Dick passed on, the Dead organization (whatever that is) conferred the official title of "Archivist" to Dave. So, although there are are other people involved in archival work, and even other people who may hold the title of Archivist at other orgs, like whoever the archivist is that handles the collection at UC Santa Cruz, I believe that the only person currently holding that official title as part of the GD organization is David Lemieux. Also, just like when someone refers to the Treasurer of an organization, it is assumed that one is referring to the current holder of that title unless otherwise specified.

So, it is proper to refer to "the archivist's" first show when meaning Dave.

Did I use the word archivist enough times in this post about past archivists, present archivists, and archivists to come?

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GD archivist

I'm guessing he was referring to himself in the third person today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lemieux_(archivist)

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GD archivist

I'm guessing he was referring to himself in the third person today: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lemieux_(archivist)

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Hi eyes43!.....

In regards to your claim about "everyone's belief," I would just say....Incorrect.

Just sayin'.

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Low Sound Volume

Is it me or is the sound volume VERY low on all the 30 Days MP3s?

I've been off line for a few days, and the first three days were fine, but now ALL the MP3s have very low sound levels.

I have to boost my sound system much louder than normal.

Anyone else having that problem?

SactoBob

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Volume IS low

Yup, the volume on many of this year's offerings has been low (clearly evident when playing side-by-side with many of the archive recordings). But, can we complain when given such wonderful selections?

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Volume control-

I hadn’t noticed anything until today’s offering. It is substantially lower in volume than, at least, the source I used from the archive. So much so, that as i went back and forth, to confirm my pick....I did have to continually adjust the volume, so it in itself, did not cause me to think my pick, a mismatch! As for the rest of the month, so far, I haven’t noticed much....nothing near like today’s! Well, except where that which was in circulation, was not a sbd.

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Matrix recordings

After downloading today's track, Ive been listening to the matrix recordings of this show and the next one from Archive. These are crazy good recordings; they're not pristine, but the energy level of the audience, very well integrated into the sbd, and high energy level playing to boot, makes for two VERY awesome shows to groove out to. Best played at a volume that will anger your neighbors and frighten your pets.

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Hot Cold Rain & Snow, China Cat, Eyes!

..!

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What a Mom!

I know my Mom wouldn't have driven me to a Dead concert, especially in my teens! Sweet song (and show).

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Dave's Mom .....Almost Famous

I have the picture in my head of the movie Almost Famous when the mom drops her son( William Miller) off at a concert. He walks away from the car toward the crowded entrance of the coliseum she whistles he turns and she screams dont take drugs the crowd hoots/ laughs a little bit and some one says thanks Mother ....

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Thanks for the hint dave! And thanks to your Mom for driving u!

I wonder what Dave's mom thought when she saw the scene!? Must have been a special moment for her.

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Thanks for the hint dave! And thanks to your Mom for driving u!

I wonder what Dave's mom thought when she saw the scene!? Must have been a special moment for her.

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Tell me all that ya know!!

The clue Dave gives is a “dead” giveaway. What a great first show to be a part of. The boys were “on” this night!

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David chose a good year.......

to get on the bus if I do say so myself. And I would like to take this opportunity to holler a booming THANK YOU DAVID LEMIEUX!!!(also Mrs. Lemieux) for taking that ride! And more importantly thanks for sharing so freely.

And when everybodies figured out today's selection, I would highly encourage listening to the whole show if you have time. AT LEAST the opening track. WOW! I wish I would have been at that one. Tight, tight, tight.

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This show is why...

An important & explosive year. Thunderous low end indeed. I was looking forward to graduating high school around the time of this show. Thinking about heading down to the big city near me for an upcoming show a few days after this one. But it did not work out & I had to settle for a night with the radio and some blank cassettes.

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God Bless David Lemieux and God Bless Charlie Miller

Thank you for a thousand points of light in a sometimes dark world. God Bless us every one.

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Kurzweil

Keyboardists seventh show with his new piano rig...

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Daves Mom

That is fantastic that his mom drove him....I wonder how he got home

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Breezy Bird Song

Such a sweet melody. I swear Jerry came up with more catchy hooks than Lennon & McCartney. It's funny how my world revolves around their music now. I've never had that experience with any other band. I'm still jamming to Dave's Picks 24. I just got the RFK Stadium box set. This is the first year I got a subscription for Dave's Picks 2018. Dead & Company just played MSG again last night & I'm sure that will be in my collection. It's neverending. I'll go to my grave while I'm listening to some great show I've never heard before.

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I feel ya man!!

There is a feeling of regrowth, renewal, rejuvenation, whatever you want to call it whenever I listen to this music. I can come back to a show I've listened to a dozen times and still hear something new and exciting. It is wonderful! My wife tries to understand the obsession, but she won't get it. She just knows how it makes me feel and that I'm easier to get along with if I have a little dose of Dead every day.

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Dave's first show....

As I was jumping back into the music this summer, I was catching up with Dave's seaside chats. I came across one of his interviews. Great stuff, and today I would have sworn he discussed his first show. Was able to go back, and sure enough he did.

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All I Know

Sweet of Dave’s Mom to drive him to his first Grateful Dead Show at age 17 - a Heart-felt gesture. Perhaps the pair drove all the way from Canada.

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All I Know

Sweet of Dave’s Mom to drive him to his first Grateful Dead Show at age 17 - a Heart-felt gesture. Perhaps the pair drove all the way from Canada.

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A BIG thank you..!

Already half-way through this year's selection......A big 'thank you' to Dave and all at Dead.net for making this happen.

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Be careful

that you stand in the right center.

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Jerry sounds great

on the dirgy second-set ballad sandwiched between some Bobby rockers & covers...

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sangwhiches

This one is also sangwhiched > the same

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Dave's first show

He told the truth, mainly.

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As the day turned, the weather did as well....

Shortly thereafter..... this winter isn't shaping up to be a warm one!

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Dave Details

Paumgarten mentions a lot of details about Dave in his article ... just saying.

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Shakedown winner

I believe that winner was me, but I didn't receive an email yet.

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Winner

It takes a few days before the email comes through from Rhino (watch out for it - you have to reply) and then you receive the vinyl about a week later.

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Winner winner chicken dinner!

They're barely awake yet on the left coast.....

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Took a guess today to many Birdsongs and too much work

Let's make it really hard for tomorrow "SPACE"

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Gingerly

i like how we’re gingerly creeping away from the 90’s. But I hasten to add that TDOTD reminds me how wonderful some moments were in these years. Ironic to say the least that another person attended his first Dead show at this same venue four years earlier and it also inspired his life’s work in ways that intermingled with the Dead for decades. I was at that one, but not this one.

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