Grateful Dead

Introducing Ourselves - Part 2

Since the original topic now has hundreds of introductions and is getting a bit hard to navigate, this seems as good a time as any to launch a new one.

The original is here, should you wish to catch up on the who's who since this opened up in May.

If you haven't introduced yourself yet, please do! And if you already have, but have something new to tell us about you and your life, speak up!

(A bit of housekeeping business so we don't have to repost everything we posted before--izzie and I are the moderators here, and for our more extensive intros see the original topic.)

Thanks and welcome!

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hey

welcome to our new friends from around the world.

And hey, Fritzsbeard, thanks for the great story.

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new Deadhead from up north

Hi all,

I am new to the Grateful Dead community, writing in from Canada. Got introduced by my fiance when we met last year and I admit it took me a while to appreciate their music and culture. But now I am a convert! Looking forward to the conversations here.

Have a great day.

Pumpkin-Pie

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Hey...

OK,

Well I've posted here once but wanted to introduce myself.

I live in Sydney, Australia but have never seen the Grateful Dead due to a combination of things: geography, age, and ignorance.

I've listened to a lot of music throughout my life but have only come to the Grateful Dead within the last 8 - 10 years. I was always aware of them, always conscious of the name and recognised Jerry Garcia's face, but before I listened to them that was the extent of my knowledge. Beyond that, there was only speculation and guesswork. Their name conjured up for me images of an all-devouring beast of a band that would eat you alive, a great, impenetrable psychedelic morass of musical machinery that could not be made sense of.

And then, one day, I decided to make up my own mind. I walked into Red Eye Records here in the Sydney and started scouring their (back then anyway) fairly extensive Grateful Dead section. I didn't know where to begin. I saw lots of skulls and flowers and tie dye. From about 50 or so CDs (they had a good number of Dick's Picks in there) I chose one completely at random, based on no cover aesthetics at all. It was fate. As I walked over to the counter to ask to listen (the only time I've not taken the risk of buying a disc unheard) I looked the spine. The album was American Beauty. I wasn't hoping for much. The clerk popped it in the CD player, I put the headphones on and waited.

I was smiling like a fool within 10 seconds of Box of Rain. I immediately bought the album and ran out of there. Many people here would have seen the final episode of "Freaks & Geeks" where Lindsay discovers the Grateful Dead and drops the needle on the turntable back to the start over and over. That was me that afternoon (except that I kept hitting back on the CD player). I couldn't get enough and that album filled (and continues to fill me) with such great joy as a lot of their music does.

That was close to maybe ten years ago. I haven't amassed a massive collection of Dead records. I still don't own all of the studio records but in the days before downloading shows became viable I did a number of blanks & postage with a lot of kind people. I imagine there a number of people in here from Australia but all of my trades were done with people overseas courtesy of rec.music.dead (I think it was called that).

I posted in here the other day for the first time because I had the urge to write a letter to Robert Hunter. I've been going through a career crisis of late but just a little while ago I came up with a plan which I've been excited about but will also need to patience for it to come to fruition. Washing up dishes the other night, I was listening to Aoxomoxoa and 'Mountains of the Moon' came on. I sang the following line over and over with tears in my eyes:

"Hey, Tom Banjo
it's time to matter
the earth will see you
on through this time
the earth will see you
on through this time."

It was a lyric that I needed to hear (without quite knowing I needed to hear it). So I wanted to thank Mr Hunter for writing that lyric 43 or so years ago, for sending it out into the world so that it could make its way into my kitchen in 2011 to mean something so beautiful and necessary to me.

That's my Grateful Dead story so far. I don't think any band has given me such pure joy through their music than the Dead have. I look forward to speaking with people in here and sharing stories.

OK, I think that's it.

Anthony Frazer - Sydney, Australia

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Hiya Friends,
My name is jimi and my first show was hamton va. 1979, next show is simpsonville sc 2011.
I stuck mainly to east coast tours a couple out west and mid west but have been on the bus many many years and made my life what it is today. Jerry was the man,yes i love the whole band but i was a jerry kid. This is my first post and just wanted to say thx to everyone involved for the most wonderful memories a man could ask for. ( so many roads) we have traveled together spreading joy and love everywhere, thx bob for going furthur friend.
cya around the shows friends

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Paul

if you haven't already, be sure to head over to the Deadheads of Canada, Eh, topic, where you're sure to find a few kind souls.

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A big Hey Now to all the new Heads

Been reading a lot of the posts here and it's refreshing to see the younger folks climbing on the Further Bus. The music from the Grateful Dead's Era (60's and 70's) will always be both special and timeless and I am so glad to have been there for that. ...well.. the 70's anyway. Too young for the 60's scene.

Missed a lot of the scene because my work has kept me overseas a lot. - still overseas as I write this. Just been approved to live in Canada so I look forward to moving back to Toronto If there are kind people there, drop me a line.

Aiko,
Paul

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nice to see all you new folks!

welcome!

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Hi i'm new here

Hi my name is Andrew and I just joined this site today. I'm from New Brunswick Canada and I became a deadhead 5 or 6 years ago. My best friend was in to them alot and got me into them after he brought the album Athem Of The Sun over to my house and once i heard the opening cords to That's It For The Other One I was sold. Went out a few days later to buy the album (My first Dead album) and i've been hooked on them ever since.

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hello!

Hi!
Just joined the site. I became a deadhead somewhat recently I guess. I was in college and my roommate freshman year was a huge Grateful Dead fan. She let me listen to a few of their songs and the rest was history. So I listened to them all through college, graduated, and am still a huge dead head. As far as what I do for a living.... I’ve been a full-time internet marketer for a good while now. For my first venture I started a dating website that reviews a good number of online dating sites. The website also contains a variety of posts that relate to dating online and relationship

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Grateful to be here!

Hi, I became a deadhead because of my parents. They were huge Grateful Dead fans, following the band to different concerts. So, I guess they rubbed off on me just a little bit : ) As far as my life outside of being a deadhead, I’ve been a full-time internet marketer for a couple of years now. For my first venture, I started a dating site that reviews a number of Christian dating sites. The site also has a variety of articles that relate to online Christian dating and relationships. The site combines a few my favorite things, writing, love, and the Lord!

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Introducing Ourselves - Part 2