Once a Deadhead...always a Deadhead! And, if you wanted the Dead atmosphere, there have been plenty of opportunites with Bobby, Phil and all. Other than a very few personal events, I cannot remember any other times when I felt so much a part of something as I did when I was at a show, with other Dead fans/friends or even just listening to the music. Once you are into it, it's something that takes hold of your being. The feeling doesn't go away, regardless of whether or not you wear a suit to work everyday. :)
I have my tapes and cd's and even a few bootleg albums. I can slap one of those babies in, sit back and take a ride down memory lane and for a short time be back at my first show in 1976 or back at one of the many memorable shows through the years, with the people I've loved and the other heads I met there.
I drive a mini van now instead of a little whatever, but that mini van always sports a dancing bear or a steal you face on the back window. My kids dance in the living room with me to whatever my fancy is for the day and are pretty savy with the verses. I sew various Dead patches on their jeans.
So is it over? Not for me! I may look like the suburban soccer mommie, but my freak flag is still flying!
As long as there are DeadHeads and the music, the Dead lives on!
tj crowley...i don't need to defend my approach to life/living having been stuck (?) in the 60's. it was/is more than just a band/music..it was/is an approach to life.. a set of principles to walk a path that could lead to harmony amoungst fellow denizens of the planet. thru the dead i've learned about other musical genre's that more tha oikely i would not have paid attention to (and no way to find out otherwise). the combination of the ethics..guidelines..principles and the music does not have to end because the boys dis-banded as "WE" have know historically. the 'phoenix' rises continuously taking on new forms but holding onto the approach w/ fellow inhabitants. could you imagine if everyone would practice their philosophy/religion for more tha one hour a week...it's not move on..it's move thru
Should I give up the music of Bach, Mozart, and Brahms? Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane? The Carter Family, Dock Boggs, Charlie Patton? For me it's all about timelessness...
I have to say, I think about this a lot. For me "The Dead" died the day Jerry did. I was always a Jerry side girl from my first show in 1981 to my last in 1995. That was my tenure. I just can't envision Bobby doing Jerry tunes. But this is me, and for me there is no Dead without Jerry. Sure there are other members, and other bands. But Jerry was such an integral part since day one. For me he was the heart and soul. Does that mean I don't love Bobby and Phil and Mickey and Bill too? Course not.
So, for me, The Dead, the band is over. But for anyone who can still go see a show and feel the magic that was in my blood for 14 years, I say power to you brothers and sisters, because that was my life force. and I know the joy it brings.
Now I have a house and a mortgage, and a job in corporate america, and many would say i sold out to the man. But I am still happy. And my heart still soars when I d/l a show to my mp3 player, and pop the ear buds in at my desk, and crunch my numbers in my spreadsheet; my soul is still in the same place it was at those shows oh so many years ago.
I think that's part of the magic. That it lives on. I don't think there's any getting over it. Life is change. Things evolve and morph very often to our own greatest surprise. But the music and the memory and the magic remains.
A part of me will always be on the bus. And my heart will always belong to Jerry.
As I sit and read everyone's posts, I've come to the conclusion that everyone is still grieving in one way or another. Some people are angry over the loss, while others look back and fondly remember the "Good Old Days"
We have a responsibility to move on and bring that universal message of "One Love" to the masses, no matter what we are listening to now. After all the music is what brought us together, but the ideals, beliefs & friendships that we discovered at the shows are what kept us together then and is keeping us together now. To all those who say "move on" just because the band is no more, I ask this one question WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? Maybe it's more than just the band, maybe it's the community we all made. The freaks, vendors, twirlers, trippers & potheads showed the world what was possible. So let your freak flag fly, because the world we live in now needs all the help it can get.
While waiting for my girlfriend to arrive (back from a computer confrence in KY, stardate: 2007.06.22..10:00am aprox), waiting in the Delta baggage area of the Vegas airport (the big one), I saw this guy with thick black hair, cressent bangs, with a multi-color grateful bears beads, kind of thing, and I thought that was cool, I want some bear beads too.
So regarding the question: Are Dead Heads just living in the past? Is it time to move on?
Living in the past, living in the future, lving right now, gotta keep on truckin.
When I was 14 in 1967 in Mendocino CA, I was cool and had long hair, but some of these other people had hairstyles from the 1950's (kind of old fashioned), so square.
An Anthropological perspective: people 10,000 years back wore cool beads, and were cool people (some were, some did). Always been hip people. Your just lucky to be you.
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The Grateful Dead will outlive everyone here regardless of what a few people say. I also thoroughly enjoy the post Dead band member projects.
Bach has been dead for 257+ years and people still listen to his music performed by musicians who never met the guy. Beethovin has been dead for 173+ years and same thing. Jimi Hendrix dead for 37 years. Zappa for 14+ years. The list of names go on and my point is that the Dead scene has never died. It's alive and well. The entity known as The Grateful Dead were only one part of this ride and the ride will continue.
I say that if somebody says time to move on because Jerry id dead, they should also tell The London Symphoy Orchestra or The Boston Pops to move on to. Oh wait, they still perform music from guys who died hundreds of years ago and still turn on new fans.
MY GOOF ....music AFTER 8-9-95
If you read all the comments,there is a current that runs through it all. I think we all agree that the Grateful Dead spirit lives on and always will.The sense of family was our core. We always took care of each other,those that had helped those who didn't.All of you have to admit that when you run into a Deadhead you feel an instant connection. The MUSIC is timeless. Hal R said it better that anyone ..."The music is the soundtrack of my life" This where the argument starts. I have hundreds and hundreds of songs from albums,CD's,dowloads and wherever that I listen to over and over. Sadly,I have no interest in music prior to 8 - 9 - 95. The summer nostalgia bands- The Other Ones/The Dead- were a joke. Different line-ups every yr,no winter tours,no totally new music.Just a bunch of guys rehashing the same shit.The Dead spirit and 30yrs of damn good music is ALIVE.