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Hunter's New Year's message
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I have seen him several times live in between Dead sets....

And he is amazing..He always plays the songs I wanted "The Dead" to play....

ROBERT ROCKS!!!!!

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good stuff - lyrics

Counting up the things that count
on the fingers of one hand
Music, love, and friendship
and the rest of it be damned

This stanza is from See You Again written for the Rhythm Devils from Hunter's journals, 10/26/06. Kind of says it all.

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

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Hunter

What can I say about Robert Hunter? His lyrics are rooted in the mythology and the deep spaces of American culture. The lyrics are weatherbeaten and yet still shiny. They are mysterious, yet still accessible. They speak, in equal parts, of joy and resigned despair, but the despair always wears a wink and a grin.
The characters in Hunter's songs are something akin to Faustian heroes. Sure, there are deals with the devil, hubris, bad choices, but there is (in the songs, music, and us fans) the constant striving and trying for something better, which is inevitably the heroes salvation, as well as our own. The characters are the denizens of Steinbeck's "Palace Flophouse," Kerouac's "one's who are mad, desirous of everything..." They are also the lonely and jaded wanderers along Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River." They are the existential heroes seeking authenticity and open to the unbelievable POSSIBILITY of it all.
I've always identified most with Robert Hunter. Possibly because I don't play a musical instrument (I'm sure air guitar doesn't count!), but I do play with the words. I discovered the Dead and the words of Robert Hunter around the same time I discovered Whitman, Joyce and Chekhov. At 14 I made no distinction between them all. Perhaps I was naive. But I don't think so. Thank you Robert.
BTW, Why isn't Hunter in the songwriter's hall of fame?
Yo Soy Boricua!

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The man.......

....is a genius.........and an amazing poet.

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It boggles the mind....

when one tried to comprehend the talent of Robert Hunter.
He sees a guy playing a harp in Barcelona, Spain and out comes Tenneessee Jed.
Writes Terrapin in one fell swoop.
Ummm, ok....and thats after all the epic songs on Workingman's and American Beauty.

And as SirX states, he is one hell of a nice guy. The most unpretentious dude ever.

I highly recommend the book "Box of Rain, the collected works of Robert Hunter".

Happy Belated Birthday, Robert.
And thank you for EVERYTHING.
"Let my inspiration flow...."
“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”

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hunter book signing

i met him years ago. he was so nice!

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Feliz Cumpleaños Robert

Have a good day and thanks for all you have given us

Bob W

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday Robert,

Thank you for all the words in all the songs of the Dead and the others and the solo work and the books of poetry and translations and for all the smiles and warmth and thought they have brought me. Thank you for coming to the Gorge in 2004 with the Dead and ABB. You sounded good.
May the winds continue to carry your voice.
I raise my glass with the Boys in the Barroom to your good health, happiness and creative flow.

Hal

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

For Hunter:

Your words hit this young 18 year old guy at just the right moment in my life. I cannot express how much the lyrics changed my perspective on life. You really didn't turn out a bad one, And I'm forgettin' about Day Job purposely, 'cause I know that one snuck out just to remind us you were human...Seriously, I hope you can take a moment on your 66th birthday and that you, and all of us can reflect on the great cannon of work you gave to us.ABSOLUTELY UNBELIEVABLE! How many songwriters would give thier eyeteeth to have written Ripple, Brokedown Palace, Uncle John's Band,Crazy Fingers, Attics of My Life, just to scratch the surface?

Without you, the Grateful Dead was a terrific band. Thanks so much for giving them something to say. Have a great birthday!

Peace,
Dan

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