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What Got You on the Bus?

An excellent suggestion from Hal R., picking up on a thread in another topic: how did you get on the bus? What was that moment that left no room for doubt?

Probably no two stories are the same, but they're all probably pretty interesting, so tell all here!

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Fluffy fluff fluffhead

I no longer wish to hear you play, you sound like a real dick...perfectly honest.

Er . . . lead guitarists are supposed to be misunderstood and rebellious. It's a team captain thing, son.

Rock n roll.

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Flufhead lol

"Please don't dominate the rap, jack, if you've got nothing new to say.
If you please, don't back up the track this train's got to run today.
I spent a little time on the mountain, I spent a little time on the hill
I heard someone say "Better run away", others say "better stand still"."

Flufhead - you DO realize that song is about Altamont? The trouble with the Hell's Angels?

Well, I had Hell's Angels for neighbors back in elementary school. I'm not in a hurry to blacklist them from my shows just because of one little incident. You should hear my rendition of, "Rocky Mountain High".

I totally ROCKED that song recently. I can't wait to trip Deadheads out on that song, man!!!

WOO HOO!!!

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Lose the hate...

"One way or another, one way or another,
One way or another, this darkness got to give."

You're posting your rants on the wrong site dude...

I no longer wish to hear you play, you sound like a real dick...perfectly honest.

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Dude what Deadhead HASN'T been called scum or a bad element?

People have always called The Dead scum. People have always called them biker criminal scum. Today - those same people have grandkids who call everyone a Nazi and scum and criminal scum. Republicans LOVE to call people Nazis. They all have rich Jewish friends and it just works for them.

Call someone a Nazi - score points for the same blue bloods that beat up all of our grandfathers. The same people still rule America and can't change a tire, man. The useless aristocracy of sleazy gamblers who inherrited Daddy's cash.

But hey - I've played tunes for billionaires before. It was pretty fun . . . I got drunk and ate well. Don't get me wrong - I'll play for anybody at this point. Just the act of someone actually listening to ONE NOTE from my guitar is enough to get me to play.

Sure is frustrating. People think they know what I'm about and what I'm going to sound like without hearing me . . . when I'm just a Deadhead from California, man.

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Parcher....

"Please don't dominate the rap, jack, if you've got nothing new to say.
If you please, don't back up the track this train's got to run today.
I spent a little time on the mountain, I spent a little time on the hill
I heard someone say "Better run away", others say "better stand still"."

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"One way or another, one way or another,
One way or another, this darkness got to give."

"In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul."

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It seems...

People like you just bitch about shit that is far beyond their control...oftentimes bitching about the same people they themselves have become...

"In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul."

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Being blacklisted just like the McCarthy nonsense is offensive

As I've said before - I'm going to have to play some city blues before I can relax and get more jazzy. Thank you for . . . saying that you would at least listen to my music. At least you have a sense of curiosity.

I really need to play and party out with cool heads. Especially the young and blonde variety. Geez - how can ANYONE complain about the government or Americans in general being so grumpy when they'd turn around and deny them basic human rights . . . like food and shelter? That's what people are doing when they won't listen to a note of my music because they think I'm a Nazi. What's next? Internment camps . . . like with the Japanese? That's just small step below liquidation, son.

Sure makes you think twice about the whole Communist thing. BTW there was a hippie movment in Russia recently. Smart, medium-length Greenpeace type hippies. The older Communists didn't like them and were just as intollerant as Redneck Republicans. Now that the hippies are all gone - a growing skinhead movement is what Russia got. Seems simple doesn't it? You chase off all the people with long hair . . . the logical outcome is NO HAIR.

And blue hair Bush supporters (old biddies with scowls and blue hair) still love John Wayne and not Ted Nugent. And old blue hair Deadheads still tell me I'm not Jerry . . . geez I'm going to say that when I meet Ted Nugent. "Yeah man . . . you ain't John Wayne and I ain't Jerry."

Then we'll both laugh. I'm even going to tell Nugent the story of how when I was a canvasser for Greenpeace I brought a suit and tie along for our meeting with Roy Mills, the mayor of Ward Valley where they were planning to build an unlined nuclear dump site.

In my honest oppinion, my fellow canvassers were more interested in being shock jocks than getting their job done. I myself was in the zone - and I engaged in sober, intelligent debate with both the mayor and the Chief of the Native American tribe there.

The Chief was wearing a suit also, btw. Just F.Y.I. I wasn't playing around - Pete Wilson was trying to destroy my home with radiation for proffit. At the site, I saw the wash that lead right to the Collorado river. I also saw the trenches. It's no wonder Greenpeace called their plan "Cat box technology" instead of their name . . . "Shallow trench technology".

Greenpeace succeded. We saved Needles, California from nuclear catastrophy. Good thing - the Collorado provides 80% of California's water. There would have been kids brushing their teeth and washing their face with radioactive waste.

People like ME get things done. Just something to think about when you plug your ears with your fingers and go, "La la la la la" to yourself so you won't be "corrupted" by my whimsical singing.

Peace,
Eric Finch

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Who called you Nazi? think maybe you may be bringing on things to yourself which really don't exist. If you bring your own pain you gotta deal with it. We can go all day saying to other's "hear what I say" the question is are the intended audience "Listening" get it, food for thought man.

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HEY Parcher....

You really kinda sound like an unhappy soul...super negative digital vibes bro...I try to avoid that in my daily life as much as possible..and I definitely avoid it at shows under heightened senses of perception...It's almost like a dark aura or cloud of sorts hovering over those poor, confused souls that I can sense within seconds oftentimes without verbal communication...PLEASE don't be one of those people to me or anyone...It's not worth it to you-change your vibe man...hate and anger is baggage that should be checked at the door and lost forever...in my opinion...anyway...

your statement(s):

"Here's what's going to get me on the bus...
Basically being called a Nazi by Anarchist creep Touch of Gray heads. I'm totally not a Nazi, play just like Jerry . . . and the shows that I've been to in the past were BRAIN BLAZING experiences. "

How is THAT what's "going" to get you on the bus? BTW, it's "Grey", not "Gray"....you seem super angry in your life bro...I hope you can find inner happiness...your post comes off as a personal attack towards somebody who wronged you in the past or made a harsh judgement of you...and well, to each their own...i personally would throw that monkey off my back and get on with my life in a happy, peaceful state...harboring that amount of anger since the 80's (acid tests) can't be healthy for your emotional well-being or that of those around you...it seems toxic to me.
I sincerely hope u find the apologies and more importantly the love and acceptance you are clearly clamoring for...IN THE WRONG FORUM TOPIC...this thread is for stories (generally postivie) of how you got turned onto the music we all know and love so dearly...that being said, I too would like to hear you play...i bet the lyrics are interesting to say the least...hopefully it's not as disturbing as your post(s) are...anyway, much love, kyndness, and happiness to you and yours :) smile....let your soul shine

-familyfluffhead

"In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul."

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I'm only angry at being ignored.

Being ignored can be brushed off for only so long. Eventually it can be fatal - when people want to ignore you when you're hungry or need to get some sleep. I don't complain when all of my wishes are ignored - but when my basic human needs are ignored and I'm being brutalized . . . AND being called the Nazi while I'm the victim . . . yes I tend to get a little pissed off.

That just means I'll have to play some harsh city blues before I get into the bright and sparkling jazzy Dead stuff. I hope to see you at the show. I have a CD now (with 5 songs on it) that call "Almost Live" because most of it is live except for a couple of studio songs.

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