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I'm trying to make it as a musician, been playing guitar for 12 years. I love to jam and write music. I play a whole bunch of styles-experimental rock, post-rock, stoner metal, avante garde jazz, indi, funk, bluegrass, grunge, punk, classic rock, Hindustani, Bossa Nova, Javanese Gamelan etc. I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 and wrote an honors music thesis on the post-Jerry Grateful Dead scene. I'm happy to share it with anyone interested. While I love playing Dead music and I do believe there is nothing like the Dead, I feel some Deadheads are close-minded not listening to anything but the Dead and Dead cover bands, valuing imitation, reiterations of what the Dead did with watered down versions of their songs instead of embracing the Dead's message of pushing the envelope and innovating with the music (this sentiment echoes Billy Kretuzmann's controversial stance to a degree). In my thesis, I praised the idea of cover bands for the most part but am now more skeptical. I think they serve a purpose but for me, the Dead has led me to try to keep growing and keep learning new music, not losing sight of the past, but rather incorporating the past into playing in the moment. Anyway, that being said, the Dead's music is so deep and there is always something new to learn from it and their music will be dear to me forever. I think people should continue to play the music but ideally innovate on it and not close their minds to other musical styles. As Jerry expressed to Charles Reich in A Signpost to New Space, music is like an ensuing dialogue, the more faces you show, the more faces get shown to you. Keep exploring. "Once in the while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right."
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Henry Robertson
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https://soundcloud.com/h-trane

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About Me

I'm trying to make it as a musician, been playing guitar for 12 years. I love to jam and write music. I play a whole bunch of styles-experimental rock, post-rock, stoner metal, avante garde jazz, indi, funk, bluegrass, grunge, punk, classic rock, Hindustani, Bossa Nova, Javanese Gamelan etc. I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2013 and wrote an honors music thesis on the post-Jerry Grateful Dead scene. I'm happy to share it with anyone interested. While I love playing Dead music and I do believe there is nothing like the Dead, I feel some Deadheads are close-minded not listening to anything but the Dead and Dead cover bands, valuing imitation, reiterations of what the Dead did with watered down versions of their songs instead of embracing the Dead's message of pushing the envelope and innovating with the music (this sentiment echoes Billy Kretuzmann's controversial stance to a degree). In my thesis, I praised the idea of cover bands for the most part but am now more skeptical. I think they serve a purpose but for me, the Dead has led me to try to keep growing and keep learning new music, not losing sight of the past, but rather incorporating the past into playing in the moment. Anyway, that being said, the Dead's music is so deep and there is always something new to learn from it and their music will be dear to me forever. I think people should continue to play the music but ideally innovate on it and not close their minds to other musical styles. As Jerry expressed to Charles Reich in A Signpost to New Space, music is like an ensuing dialogue, the more faces you show, the more faces get shown to you. Keep exploring. "Once in the while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right."

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I'm looking for brethren to share my love of music with/ find people to jam with and/or people that share my enthusiasm for music and having a good time. I absolutely love the Dead and so does my brother and I have some friends who definitely appreciate and like the Dead but besides my brother, don't really have good friends who love the Dead and embrace their spirit. I've been disillusioned by the Dead scene somewhat because the group I used to go to a lot of concerts w/ kinda had a mob mentality and they were super close minded and there was just a bunch of ugliness and hypocrisy in their scene and it kinda has prevented me from seeing Dead shows recently which is especially a bummer since I live 5 mins. away from the Cap. I'd love to start going to the shows again and find some interesting, kind Deadheads to hang out with me.

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