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...
well...things change and so do people. i think you should dig whatever you like and if the dead "scene" or whatever was a phase for folks and they move onto opera or classical or whatever that is ok. for me it is just part of my life. the music has become entwined in the mosaic of my life.
15 years of shows that mean a lot to my being...my well-being. i think the world is way to overly serious and regemented and the dead's music and stories have helped me relax and given me dancin' insight beyond words.
i have many musical tastes that go in lots of directions. i really like many
many new age artists and songs. i also love the blues and newish jazz.
i haven't "gotten" the old jazz bug yet but i am open. ottmar liebert, pat metheny, van morrison, and so many other great artists and sounds, yet i keep coming back for another heaping helping of home-cooked dead.
took a hiatus myself once or twice. i got the train runnin' to fast a couple of times and had to take a break. took a full year off after a good run from '86-'88...i just had to slow it down and i did and managed a healthy return for a few more saturday nights. i love being able to check in here and connect through other posts. i may have slowed down but i still love the hot jams and the wonderful sets our friends left behind. the music is still on the road coming to town for more dancin' celebrations.
"sound of the thunder with the rain pouring down"
...grateful but NEVER dead.
I continue to love the Dead's music. I have a life, a family, a good career, and listening to Dead music is still part of my life. There is still that same purity that drew me to their music in the 1st place. I still remember buying SYF when it came out, and I was drawn to the pure sound of the music. At that time I was into Led Zep, but I couldn't believe they could make a Johnny Cash song sound so COOL! I know SYF is not the best of their releases, but it got me on the bus, so to speak. I never got caught up in the band member worship thing, it was always the purity of the music for me. I imagine the last song I listen to on this earth, if it's my choice, will be a Dead song.