Whether the Dead are gone or not is not the important issue. Its that the older generation passes it on to the younger generation. Its not just about passing the music either, its that they pass on the idea of acceptance and peace to the younger kids. There is SO MUCH hate in the world right now that I think the Hippies, Deadheads, Diggers, or whatever you were have an amazing opportunity right now to guide us youger kids.
I'm still sorting out a lot of what went down back when and finally getting a chance to really listen to the shows that I've collected over the years. "It is so Over. Get on with your life." Okay, but that doesn't mean I'm done with this music, the scene, and the people that I've met as a direct result of the good old GD.
I'm not understanding the should-be parts of your post, direwolf81. I'd never want to tell someone that following their bliss isn't what they Should Be doing, but come over here and do this thing that I think you Should Be doing. or worse, that I think you owe it to (whomever) to be doing.
Even back when the Grateful Dead were at their prime, (prime being in the ears and eyes of the beholder, of course) I still saw Weir/Wasserman, JGB, and various conglomerations like that. It wasn't 100% only the boys doing only the Grateful Dead act. The Dead are far from being over, and the music is still alive and swirling all around us.
in carrying on with spirit, my 12 yr. old son has now shown an interest in the grateful dead...just out of the blue i heard alabama getaway playing in his room...i gave him the dix pix from oklahoma 73 and a ratdog from the beacon as a primer compare and contrast to what was and what is...my heart soared on that day....
I only seen the Grateful Dead 5 Times and That was over 12 years ago but the Dead still live strong in me.I say as long as peaple play there music it will always live,as long as we have there music it will live and as long as we love there music it will live.Its like a good book that we pass down to the next generation.
The only thing that really bothers me is that "The Dead" are not touring,what happend they were doing so well in 2003 & 2004,it seemed like every thing was clicking and going so smooth.The band was playing almost as good as they were when the Grateful Dead were at there peek.No one will be able to replace Jerry and I dont want them to but the music should go on.The 4 guys who are alive should be together playing so the younger crowd can injoy them and get an idea of what it was like,It might not be as big as it once was but we might never know either if they dont try.I just want to see them together again cuz they do put on a good show and yes Rat-Dog & Phill & friends are good but its not anything like it is when its Phill Bobby Micky and Bill.We go see The Dead & there are three parts to the show which we dont get seeing Just Phill or Bobby.We get the first set then the first half of the second set the second half of the second set.If i rember right they said not to let the music die and in the majority of us its far from dead,Thats why I dont understand why there not together.Who knows how long they have to,they should be playing as much as they can together or at least tour in the summer together and do a mimi tour in the winter.Like in the winter do 3 in cali & then do a show in Chicago then P.A. then N.Y. and so on.My younger brother loves the Dead and he just got into them a year ago he is 17 years old and he never saw them live and I am afraid he may never get to.This is what I mean by passing it down to the younger genaration.I didnt care for the Grateful Dead intill my cuz dragged me along with her and I was a Head after that,The weird thing was that I got into the show cuz of Weir and Phill cuz Bobby was moving all around get down to the music and he went over by Phill and then Phill & Bobby just started to get down for a few minutes,I mean bobby was jamming and Phill was dropping the bass note down hard and I just got sucked in.Then I wanted to go to the next show so I hit up my bank grabed,grabed some cash and the next night they were all on unlike the night before were Jerry didnt seem with it and this night is the night that jerrys Guitar just set me on fire.Like I said The Dead are far from being over.
Have A Grateful Day, DireWolf_81
The tear of the Phoenix has healing powers. When the magnificent bird becomes to tired and weak it bursts into flames and from the ashes a new creature is born. The Harry Potter point here is that there is no more Grateful Dead and has not been since Jerry Garcia passed away on the saddest August day. There is, and as long as those who enjoy the music and the philosophy of a collective mind believe it to be so and, more importantly, MAKE it so. There was nothing like a Grateful Dead Show. NOTHING. But there is no reason that from the off-shoots, the musical followers and fans that cannot build the next generation back better and stonger than before. The bickering and cursing that occurs among the fans is the dark side. The light is the music, the passion and the creativity that early Grateful Dead inspired. It is the dedication and hope that the middle and later years of the Grateful Dead delivered. The light is what keeps us writing, singing, painting and talking about the band, the times and the future. Wheter we choose to see the glass as half full, half empty or just a broken cup - as long as we make it so, it is ours to behold. Believe it if you need it, or leave it if you dare.
Bless you for reading this.
Whoever said that? haven't they heard of recorded music?????
of course everything changes but the tunes and the spirit remain the same.............. of course our lives carry on & we cannot be stuck in the past - our past leads to our present...........
There are some cool live bands out there now - phew! - otherwise it would be really crap for all of us & especially young people who are setting out on their music trails
For me the dead can't be beaten in terms of good tunes, hours of music with fab guitar solos, some deep and meaningful lyrics along with some high times and laughs I will ALWAYS listen to the dead - why stop now? they lift my spirit & can get me thru stuff..........
All the music i've listened to & gigs I ve been to over the years (not just the dead) are part of me & I am glad for those experiences. It doesn't mean we can't still have more now.............just different
I started listening to the dead last year around this time. I heard Sugar magnolia and it was one of the most beautiful sounds I ever heard. I dove head first into dead history and culture. I started listening to ratdog and phil and friends. I discovered many other bands like SCI and others.
Even though the dead broke up and I will never get a chance to see them, I will still live my life and they will be a part of it.
my life will always have the dead in it. whether i'm listening to a show, or a song on the radio or humming a line from a song. they have been a huge part of my adult life and they will go my grave with me. i met someone recently who never saw a show in his life yet starts every morning with a couple of songs on his stereo and in his car. he told me that it helps kick start his day, puts him in a good mood and gets him thru the day. the music will live for as long as we want it to. sure, i miss seeing them and i'm not fond of bobby and rat dog shows but i cannot not have them being a part of me. they touched my core a long time ago in jersey city and i have never lost that feeling and hope i never do. my only wish is that bobby and phil could put aside their differences and put the family back together again and hit the road. jerry may not be there but the music would be.