many reasons especially because after Garcia's diabetic coma in 1986 and Jerry's resulting loss of some of his ability to play guitar due to his impaired basic motor skills, Merl Saunders was the one that spent hours each day with the Jerry. Merl helped him 'relearn' guitar by running scales, jamming with him, and working Jerry out on with their familar jazz standards to help 'reconnect' Jerry's synapses and to get Garcia back into 'playin in the band".
I caught Merl's a couple shows and he was nothing less that delightful and he looked like he was having more fun than we all were dancing at his gig. A true artist.
Fare thee well, Merl, and thanks for everything.
The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.
truly a drag................the band in heaven is gettin' awfully big
Peace to you & your loved ones....
R.I.P. "the godfather of jam bands," Merl Saunders
You made so many people happy with your music and your spread your boundless joy to all of us to share with the world and make it a better place. You were a healer bringing back Jerry to his skills after illness and a man of compassion who brought attention to the beauty and destruction of the rainforest. You could boogie and you could play the tunes to soothe. You touched me deeply. For me your music and spirit will keep on keepin on as a part of me. Thank you Merl.
If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.
met him once and he put the lie to the notion
that music stars had to have some kind of
attitude. he was 100% sweet and beautiful.
keep on keepin on merl,
we'll keep rockin here on the rock
---'never prank a truster'----
rest in peace! Let's hope he's jamming with Jerry in the stars!
Very sad about this. Let's hope he's jamming with Jerry in the stars!
Stevie C, as you can see there are Truly Kind folks here.. sorry for your loss, we will bend our ears to listen.
so sorry to hear of such a loss ..