I was working as a shrink at an area hospital, 10:20am est, a hippie chick co worker of mine got on the elevator with me, she simply said....Jerry's dead, we didnt speak further. She got out on her floor, me on mine...was in shock all day, saw Ratdog at Shea's Buffalo Theatre that night....somber to say the least....was so pissed that Bobby would play, angry at myself for going....
the He's Gone was special though....I'm glad I went...
I miss Jerry!!!!
The music never stops!!!!!!!!
so I didn't go in to the office, but as soon as I started the car, they were playing sad Dead tunes on the radio, and the news was not far behind.
After giving it some thought, I decided to drive over to the peninsula anyway, only to arrive at my lunch date's office to find that he was not there, because his wife was giving birth to their latest kid.
I was pitching baseballs to 5 kids on a ball diamond in Ely, MN when a guy drove by in a pick-up, and yelled out the window, "Hey, Jerry died..." 21 years later, we all miss him dearly.
Today's Grateful Dead history feature on SiriusXM is from 9/3/72 (He's Gone > The Other One) ironically my 1st show! How about that?!
Today is the 27th anniversary of my first show. I feel proud to celebrate it and Jerry in the Days Between. Right in the middle!
Some cool post from your fans:
Your NO#1 fan Dawn Gaudio,
He sang in the cracked and reedy voice that made him sometimes sound on the verge of tears. His idea of stagecraft was to stand stock-still and utter not a word to the delirious multitudes who adored him. And yet he was a riveting figure onstage, a benevolent Buddha whose face beamed with merriment and sometimes sorrow as crystalline notes floated and soared and burst from the custom-made guitar that he seemed to play not with his hands, but his heart.
"For me," Garcia once said about the music he performed for over 30 years as leader of the Grateful Dead, "it's always emotional."
"Grateful words from Ron Yates. (~);-)
"He had the unique ability get out of his own way, to some how channel the collective energy of the audience and turn it into such beautiful music, which would drive the audience into creating the energy that he would...and on and on, it was a dynamo
A dynamo is an electrical generator that produces direct current with the use of a commutator.
He was the communicator/commutator and he knew that the music played the band...and the band, were like a shoal of fish, like a flock of birds, like a swarm of bees and he would play with them, around them, through them, it was magic and the ones who really took that journey with him...they know what I'm talking about and they don't need to be told to 'shut up and dance' they just did....and MAN was it fun and beautiful and BOY do we miss HIM!!?"
I miss you brother....
and thank you.
HAPPY Birthday Day Jerry !!! Love ya man!!!
My favorites were The Alligator, a Strat that he played in 71,72. My other 2 are the Travis Bean guitar that He played in 76 and a lot of 77. And The Wolf was probably my favorite , He played it alot in the 70s.