boy - reading some of these comments gives me a head ache.
the grateful dead made music that is not really replicated today - and although now getting up there in age - i do keep up with today's music world of live performing bands - and enjoy much of what is out there. but the grateful dead remain fun to listen to and there are those days where nothing else will do - really amazing that so much of what they did was recorded and more amazing that so much has been released and hopefully will continue to be released for continued listening enjoyment for those who want to go back and hear this great playing. i cannot make much more out this question of "living in the past". hey their old shows remain fun to listen to; why make more out it than simply that.
I love reading through the posts here. Like others have said, the thoughts posted here are the thoughts of my own. It seems we all here are echoing a similar vibe. To me, being a deadhead is essentially part of your spirit. It is something that you love. To me, I don't chose what I love- it comes to me and it is part of me. The dead, and all that we are trying to define here as the essence of the experience, it is what we love. I don't think that it is something that you can cut out of you, it is part of you. And why would you have to? What I love about the dead and the deadhead community is there are no rules, it is total freedom to me. You could do whatever you wanted to express yourself however you wanted. To me the dead is about creativity. Creativity in the music, creativity in art, creativity in how we chose to live our lifes, how we define our families... Why should we start now trying to limit this? Why would we want this to be over? To me the grateful dead has always been more that what we can put a finger on and define.
Oops, real world calling...... must get back to work..... I enjoy reading everyones thoughts here. We have created here yet another community of deadheads and it aint over here.....
Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile....
Funny--my brother and I saw many shows during the mid 80's to early 90's. I am 42 and still love the Grateful Dead--there is something spiritually satisfying and grounding about the music. while my brother still loves it, he listens to all the contemporary stuff--rap, hip-hop, etc. and says I am stuck in the past. Not quite true, but I know what he means. However, I think the music is as timeless as classical music. people still love Beethoven and Bach. I know the music is timeless when my four year old son surprises me and starts singing the words to Uncle John's Band! That being said, I do listen to current music. Widespread Panic is on fire last night--just caught one of their shows in L.A. Jimmy Herring is really clicking with them. Download the show from 4-27-07 in Orange Beach, AL.
Anyhow, as long as shows keep getting released, I'll keep buying them. I hope to still listen when I'm an old old man, and hope my kids enjoy it as much as i do...
Love to read all the thoughts, takes and angles on this topic.
I am still listening for the secret and searching for the sound....in my own way of course.
I have taken to relearning what I can about the era of '71-'74. A time of extrodinary music that I often overlooked in my younger days.
Reconciliation with reality can be extremely difficult at times. Even to this day. And this is from a guy who has worked in a white collar sweat shop for 20 years. Very close to where I was on 8.9.95 :(
The music, in my head, never stops. Actually had my first dead dream the other night in a really long time. Bobby and Philip playing Mexicali Blues together, at a soundcheck or something of similar ilk.
Peace be with all of you!
“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”
The whole Dead experience for me was.....just that....the whole experience.....it helped me become what i am today....don't know how you would stop that...ya just take it FURTHUR...i still see lots of live music and i DON'T try to compare it to Jerry...but ya know, sometimes at any particular show, i get that old feelin....in the strangest of places if ya look at it right...Peace.....just thinkin when i first took my first two children to see Jerry, they were like 8 & 10 at the time....RFK cause it was outdoors and stuff...and we're walkin the lot, seein the sights and my daughter says "Mommy, everyone is so Happy here!!" They GOT IT!!!
later on they boogied standing on the seats singin every word to Box of Rain...chill bumps rememberin that.....
/me puts on a fine tape, and enjoys a pleasant afternoon....
i'll be 37 next friday. i got to see the dead a handfull of times in the late 80's - early '90's. some of those shows were stellar. i have some younger employees that never got to see them, but they love the music. i would give up everything for them to travel back in time to attend a killer show. it's like trying to explain a dream to people - they listen to my stories, but can they really feel the way i did? hell no! they might be jealous, they might dig the fact that i saw a certain song - there will never be anything for them to replicate the experience. i respect the fact that they love the music - that's all they have. they don't have the parking lot or the feeling of the band tuning up between numbers trying to guess what they were going to do. maxell isn't in their priority. searching through relics magazines looking for trades seems ancient. people born in the late '80's will not remember trying to get tapes through the mail. how many of us had cornell '77 on aud. before the betty's came out? i still have all of my old tapes. sometimes they still feel more comfortable to play than an upgraded sbd. how many crappy auds sounded good in your factory car stereo system or cheap stereo systems? the newer heads, well, i welcome them, but they just don't know the overall experience. i admire them though because it takes a unique individual to listen carefully these days. when you think about all of the deadheads in the world turning on new people - it's wonderful!!! take care all - chris
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.