...cause I consider myself a bigger DH now than what I was from 89-95. It's sad but back then I thought being a deadhead mean't wearing tie-dyes and patchoulie and being stoned out of my fucking skull all the time. Of course I was between 17 and 25 at the time so perhaps I can be forgiven. Now being a deadhead means just listening to good music and to keep trying to be a good/kind person. I don't have the time to go on tour with Furthur or whoever else. I don't wear tie-dyes or get stoned anymore. And life is grand.
as the lyricists said back in the day, new ones coming as the old ones go. Or, the future's here, we are it, we are on our own.
I mean, just the other day my godson the college student was pointing his parents' Deadhead pals to his latest digitally remixed rendition of Speedway.
The music has worked its way into all kinds of corners of life, and the four surviving guys seem to keep finding interesting stuff to do, and people keep finding it interesting enough to follow. Meanwhile, new people keep discovering the old stuff, too.
It's good to be along for the ride, or portions thereof.
It's All Over Now? I beg to differ. If you have been to see Furthur then you know the boys in the band are still out there. In fact, they are again starting up a whole new interest from younger folks in their 20s and 30s who missed out on all the fun back "in the day."
Mickey & Billy are out there somewhere on the road, with their various pick-up bands and projects also. But they seem a bit more transient as they forever shift between various line-ups.
Of course, it is all over now as far as Letting The Good Times Roll and mass experiments in consciousness-raising. That is over now. Jerry passed and maybe it was time for the experiment to end. Which isn't to say that you can't do some exploring of inner space on your own.
i find it fantastic to see the wide and diverse array that the deadheads have become. It is so over now and yet it is not. Clear, some have not gone Furthur enough and are still pushing their trips to the edge.
Bravo Brothers & Sisters! We will survive. In fact we have survived and are thriving. So get over it, you who are "it's so over!"!
There's nothing wrong with being proud of, or preferring the music of your younger days. In fact, most of the music of the '60s-'70s-early '80's was better than most of the music of the last 20 years. But when I do hear something I like, like Arcade Fire's Neon Bible, or some other good stuff on Austin City Limits, it makes me especially enthusiastic and hopeful for the future. I wouldn't call being hooked-in to a lot of the popular music of the moment a critical asset!
The past lends itself to the future in many ways.
Yeah, I went to more concerts than I can remember in the 70's and 80's. They were grate, this is better! With Furthur, Ratdog & DSO - there is always something happening and with site like this we can keep in touch with it. I loved my Dead memories of 40 yrs. ago, but I'm hoping for 25 more yrs. of them. BTW- we have a whole generation of Deadheads, who don't even know they are - and I welcome them! repoman
...and your kind comments !
Heaven is right there if you just take the right road.
Why? You ask. For a novel answer, read Jonathon Pitt's prize winning article in the Baltimore Sun of Sunday October 21. 2007. Just Google my name (Ed Branthaver) and scroll down to "Alive With the Dead". It's a story of why a Father became a Dead Head. Understand that the author used a bit of poetic license, but for the most part, you will understand why I am here -- and lovin' it - "Knock,knock, knockin' on Heaven's door"
Your post was eloquently stated and one of the best I have read on Dead.net...almost sounds like a band member wrote it....was there- not in 65 but yeah the core is just as you speak of...however the music really was the glue for me--the scene etc. was okay but Dead Heads are just humans in all shapes and forms and for brief moments many were beautiful as obviously you seem to be but for me it was always about the music and the spirituality it infused me with and yeah a little extra infusion of spiritual material may have aided the experience along but fundamentally, this band is a bunch of Shamans with Jerry being the clear visionary and the boys all doing their part with a particular shout out to Bobby's shouts, Phil Bombs and Mickeys Animal skin strange things that split the sky while Billy cranked along those cave men time traveling solos...nothing like it before or after---a band of brothers and sisters and fans that unified if only during shows but collective consciousness experiments that surpassed anything that any mainstream scientist could dare dream could happen--i mean is it amazing that we still have no clue about subtle energy in Western Medicine with groups like the Dead showing so many of us the light of Eastern Yogic ways...? Alas...not a preacher but this is more than just a social experience..they are as Belushi says "On a mission from God" and I for one cannot look at it as anything less, its even more than what you say--its about the fundamental meaning of our lives...beyond this plane...their name was chosen for them for sure...
Aum Namaste......Hey Now, Year late but better late than not appreciated..