Being a follower of The Grateful Dead and ALL of it's branches since the mid-80's, I can say from seeing them all that the new branches are just as much of a joy to me as The Grateful Dead was. I love to see Bob Weir and Ratdog in more intimate settings and Phil Lesh and Friends and The Dead during 03' and 04' and The Other Ones. I have tickets to see Bob Weir and Ratdog with The Allman Brothers Band in August and it still gives just as much excitement each and every time. The music will live forever in my eyes whatever branch of The Dead Family it is. The Deadheads are my brothers and sisters and hold a very special place in my heart.
The songs are timeless and the Dead are woven into the fabric of our culture. The soundtrack of our lives. There is no end, just new beginnings. I hear the songs differently today than I did 10, 20, 30+ years ago, so they are always new in some ways. I just hope the vault never goes empty because I love it when each new release comes out.
You might as well say that there are no true Buddhists because they were not graced by a Buddha, or that you are not a Christian unless you met Christ... ignorant. Just because your friends are burnt out, doesn't mean that we all gotta throw in the towel.
Well...if the grateful didnt live on then we wouldn't be here now. I remember RH saying at Alpine at the Terrapin Reunion that the Dead live on through us. Its so true.
an experience like the dead cannot be ignored ... just like holding your first born in your hand - when they grow up, that feeling of your newborn child doesn't go away and leaves you ... if you are in tune to it, then you will always feel it
the dead's music can continue to be felt even if no new dead music will be made ... there will always be something there to enjoy, shake your head in amazement or to even cry to ...
I was reminded how special what we shared, and continue to share, is, when after eight years away, I went to a post-Jerry Dead show, and was treated with such respect, and gentle kindness by perfect strangers; I had forgotten what it was like to be among my fellow Dead Heads. It's not over for me, and won't be, ever, if I can help it.
"Shall we go, you and I while we can through the transitive nightfall of diamonds?"
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
My brothers and a lot of friends rip me for still listening to Dead 80% of the time. My response t them is the subject above. I plan to see Rat Dog this Summer in Camden and can't wait. Yes I wish Phil, Mickey etc werre coming also but give me a break I just want go have good time and yes I will enjoy the Almond brother too. I saw 38 show before Jerry died. Some were beter than others. I have good and bad memories. I saw the darker side to scene and the lighter side(Ying/Yang).
People can get what ever they want from the scene we really are/were a diverse group despite the stereo type. I still remeber the the young herion addict I hung out with for a few hours in Landover in the 80's I hypocritically tried to convince her she need to get help as I was burning with her. Conversations with Dr., Attorneys, heads in BMW's or a beat up VW buses, Ann Coulter is a Dead Head that dons't mean I believe in her BS. If you are into music you are into music. I will defend myself when ever some gives me a hard time about still listening and going to whatever event is comming to the Philly area when I have time. I have several friends that want nothing to do with the scene any more I don't judge them and don;t expect to be judged in return.
I bet this is the first time most of us have had a chance and a forum to not only talk about Jerry and GD but open up to friends who understand our words.We may not all agree on everything but then again we never agreed on the best show,the best EOTW,Phils singing,Drums too long/too short,etc. For the past week I have read everyones post here and I feel like"someone's been reading my mail" or my mind. I just love this shit. The bottom line is we are blessed. Blessed to be part of this long,strange trip and more blessed to have each other. The Grateful Dead will never die . It is alive in all of us.What we have is INCREDIBLE!
I miss the boys more and more as each summer passes, so many memories. As long as the desire is there to hear and perform these songs, the music will and has lived on; Ratdog and Phil & Friends sound great, not the same, but still great. DSO is pretty cool and The Dead tour from 2004 with Warren Haynes was absolutely fantastic and possibly some of the best music since 1990, the revival of Brent's songs sung by Warren was worth it alone, never thought we'd hear those again. In fact I bought all 36 of those shows as new energy was injected into the music the performances were great. Life goes on, we evolve, we adapt, but never forget, you don't stop being a Deadhead just because the bands' all packed and gone...