Been married over 4 years now to an incredible woman. She's a nice, smart southern girl from Georgia, I'm from N. California, and we met in San Francisco, go figure. We met at a Dead Night at Nickie's on Haight Street. Seeing as it was Dead Night, I didn't have to figure out if she liked the Dead or not! We got married in '03, and last October we had a son, Jerome (we call him Jerry). Even before my wife was pregnant we knew we were going to name our son after Jerry Garcia. And if it was a girl, Althea. Some decisions are so much easier when you're married to a Deadhead! Our son heard his first show when he was in the womb, Phil and Friends. And a couple of months ago we took him to his first show outside of the womb, Ratdog. I'm a stay at home dad, because my wife is smarter then me and has a better education, so it makes more sense for her to work. But that means I get plenty of opportunities to expose Jerry to lots of good music. We currently live in North Carolina with our dog Sugaree and our cat Franklin. Yep, it's all good!
This is my second marriage. I was introduced to the Dead by a neighbor, who would become my best friend, as my first marriage was ending. I attended my first show with my then 8 year old son Paul (he's now 29). I'm sure other parents and children have attended shows together, but am curious if there are any others who went to the first show for both together. Anyway, The Dead have been a very significant part of our lives ever since and have been part of many special times together. My 27 year old daughter Lora has never been a full blown Deadhead like her brother, but did attend 2 shows and made a special effort to join her brother and I at the Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman show in Richmond, VA shortly after Jerry's death. She also has Uncle John's Band in her music files on her computer, so I think the music has had an impact on her as well.
I have been married to the love of my life, Deana, for 11 years. She attended her first Dead show with me after we'd been dating for three weeks. She only got to two shows before Jerry's death. She does not consider herself a Deadhead, but appreciates much of their music. We have two children together, Joshua, 10 and Rachel,7 . We have been blessed and challenged by the fact that Joshua has autism and Rachel has Down Syndrome. They both see the world in their own very unique ways ( they truly are the "Eyes of the World") and both love all kinds of music and really seem to appreciate the music of the Dead. Last year I finally worked up the courage to take Joshua to see some live music with me and the results were incredible. His first show was Yonder Mountain String Band and we later saw Railroad Earth 3 times. At all of these shows he danced, clapped and stomped to the music and seemed to truly have found a comfortable space for himself. He's been listening to a lot of the Dead with me and really loves their music. He is particularly fond of Dick's Pick's Vol. 21. He especially likes the "Gloria" on this one and thinks Bobby is the greatest. He is super excited about going to the Allgood Festival in a few days and finally seeing his hero live!!! So obviously the music of the Dead family is becoming an important part of our shared experiences, just as it was with his older brother and me. The next adventure will be getting Rachel to some live shows. I'm sure the results will be worth the effort!
The night I met my wife, we talked about Ohio State (our alma mater, though we didn't know each other there) and the Grateful Dead. I think I played Bird Song on the guitar for her.
Six or so years later, we had a daughter. After our daughter overcame health problems, we moved to Florida from Ohio, and our creative energy reached new heights.
Wife Anna is a jewelry designer and now the manager of my fledgling career and a singer/songwriter of family-oriented folk rock - Heads will dig it! Daughter Josie is starting on violin, sang backing vocals on one of the songs on my upcoming CD.
Anna's favorite CD just might be the Mickey Hart/Mystery Box disc from 10 years ago. Josie loves Marley's "Three Little Birds." The music never stops around here.
"Folk rock for groovin families!"
My wife and I have been married for about nine years now after dating for a couple before we said "I do." As I've posted on the TLEO board it is indeed a mixed marriage in that she is not a head at all. However, I have also noticed that my two and a half year old is starting to really get into the Dead and other jam bands (it's a trip watching her rock out to the Dead or Phish!) It is my hope tha she will continue to listen to this music throughout her life so we can always have something to talk about. We also have another on the way in November, so I'm hoping that the love of great music will continue on with the next child as well.
"...the powerful plays goes on, and you may contribute a verse"
I've been married to Gill for 24 years now and still going strong. We have 2 kids, Will 13 determined to have long hair and listen to Heavy metal and Libby who is into all sorts like her ol man. Libby is at present doing a textile and and fashion course at college and loving it (she gets the arty side from me). Kind of decided Gill was the girl for me when she joined a pal and me at a 4 day beer fest and slept outside in a sleeping bag with us to be first in every day.
Dedication, cant beat it.
We used to go to loads of gigs and the theatre when back in London, but being in Suffolk now we dont get out much. Dont really need to with tons of decent pubs here.
A quick PS to Chris, not being religous I will still be sending, as izzie calls it, beams out for Carol.
Hope she's soon well and back with her loved ones.
where I come from, we call it Beams. Many beams of love and light for Carol and her family and loved ones.
....keep us posted. I hope everything works out OK.
greetings group - carol is very near and dear to me. we've had a two year friendship that developed a close bond. she's 41, and went into the hospital on wednesday morning - she couldn't breathe. she is in an intensive care unit hooked up to life support. she is covered in an ice blanket to keep her temp down. they put her in a coma. her pupils do not respond to light. they've had to revive her heart twice during the first morning. they are going to try and run the first tests saturday afternoon. the grateful dead community has always reached out. anyone that reads this could you please say a prayer for her. she's your typical mom who has never done anything bad. thank you group - chris
...to make a family! I love reading how folks met and how they got together and how it all works out. Go love!