Life after the Grateful Dead...The Music Never Stopped
He's gone but Weir still truckin'
"If you don't like where the shoes that fit are leading you. . . . Take them off and go barefoot." and "If you don't know where you are going. . . . then you can't possibly be lost." Can I just ask a couple of questions on the matter? First of all since when did we (as a whole) change what we were doing because of what other people think??? I don't know perhaps none of you were subject to, or remember, the stereotypical ridicule that came down on you because you were into the Dead, Hell I remember one time in Ohio when there was a check point on the freeway and they were pulling out and searching any vehicle that had Grateful Dead stickers on them or were driven by anyone who fit the stereotype or the prcieved image of a Dead head and did that stop us? Hell no. Second question who is to say when anything is over? apparently some folks who were once into the Dead decided that when Jerry Garcia died that, that somehow marked the end of something that was bigger than any of us Jerry included. It was about the music, and the commonality of views and lifestyle, and interests and the sharing of ideas and love and kindness, THE BETTERMENT OF US ALL, and well hell people it still is, I still love the music and I still have the truth within me that drives me to be righteous, and fair, and kind, and hopeful, and happy, and just everything. . . . None of that died with Jerry. Do you not still listen to the music? does it not still affect you? are you not still wanting and searching to commune with others that live and love the way you do? Get over it?!?!?!?!?!? Get over what?!?!?!?!?!? We all know that Jerry is gone, but we're all still here. The fact that this site exists and that we all have so much to say about this proves, in itself, that "IT" is most certainly not over. Perhaps those that think that it's over, never realized what "IT" was and is and will continue to be for the forseeable future. We all love the Dead (that's a given correct?) But I guess that what it really comes down to then is what The Grateful dead was to you then, and what they are to you now; if they were for you nothing more than a reason to get out and travel and have an adventure shared by thousands, then they were your' vehicle for attaining somethng that you could've attained on your own (except for the thousands joining you) but were unable to see that, and without them you still don't see that your possibilities are what you decide them to be, then it probably is over for you, and well I am sorry. If the Dead was some kind of inner spiritual awkening (which to most of us it was to some extent) then you need to realize that perhaps you're just not allowing the music to still lift you up. . . . . "If you get confused just listen to the music play" If however the Grateful Dead was your means of financial support (you made your living on tour) i.e. you went to the shows only to set up your wares and what have you in the parking lot to make money but didn't ever go into the shows (well I am guessing that you are not reading this either) then it's over move on go find some other group to leach off of!!! (OOPS sorry I hope I didn't hurt anyones feelings there. but I mean really If you were a vendor and a fan right on most likely you can still find a market place for your wares, and if you can't it's simply because you're not trying. I did both toured and found a way or two to support myself along the way but it was never my primary means of support, the things (well) most of the things that I sold on tour I marketed to local stores in my home town too, even after Jerry died, and I am not talking about drugs or copyrighted things here!!) I guess that all I am trying to say is that it's just like everything else in this life. . . . . "It all comes down to a matter of perspective" so peace to all of you weather you see things as being over, just beginning, or simply keepin on keepin on. It's all yours do what you but don't damn me for doing what I am doing. "When the singing man is at his song, the holy are on their knees."
soul dance.i read alot of great experiences here.first im probably gonna piss alot of people off.jerry to me was not the dead.each person who has come and gone has had their very own gifts musically and spiritually.all the shows are different.all the band mems are or were to.yes i greived when jerry died it was aloss.but ive learned as a kid you greive and you let go pray for their spirit to go into the spirit world.jerry truley had on foot in that world for a long time.my he rest happily.i love the dead people cant believe i still listen to them daily.so many great shows i tell them.music feeds my soul it makes my soul dance.the band members that are still on this planet are great they have wonderful talent.their are loads of other bands i love and listen to because they feed my soul.not like the dead or other band mems,
cause we r the eyes of the world.....its inus we experienced something thats never been done before and never will b done the same again....beileve it if u need it im gonna pass it on threw the music and my actions..things will never b the same 4 people who were touched by jerry and the whole experience...
The music will live on as long as there are listeners and an organization that gets the flow of new releases back on track.
The most recorded band in the history of recorded music certainly should have several new offerings a year that can continue to come out for decades. Hopefully they'll release the Multi-track Branford show from '90 Nassau and Alpine '87 (regardless of recording quality of the matrix mix) in my lifetime.
I disliked my parents music as I was growing up. The Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Led Zepplin, etc. was my generations music. It still goes on because its great music and great music never dies. My grown kids love my music. We go to music festivals and camp out. Our favorite is going to see The Schwag at Schwagstock, which is several weekends during the summer and they have from 3,000 to 4,000 people. And I have yet to see any trouble at these festivals cause everyone is cool and gets along. They're just there to have a good time and listen to great music. You know, my kids and their friends have often told me that they wished they could have grown up and experienced my generation and I take that as a compliment to the music of my time....GREAT MUSIC GOES ON generation after generation.....PEACE : )
well, i never saw them. so i can say next to nothing about the 'experience', but as a Gen-Y'er i dont think it's over. the music lasts forever, and especially theirs. it doesnt ever go 'out of style' and it can appeal to anyone, regardless of race, social status, religion, culture. it's universal. it transcends all boundaries. the grateful dead's music is so unique and can never be duplicated. it can just be imitated.
not only that, but it's interesting. the atmosphere surrounding the counterculture is still appealing .... i think that's why the dead have lasted [in spirit] and lasted for over 30 years. everyone just wants to be free and their music really captures that feeling.
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Go for it! Print and send away. That's what I posted it for........