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The other day in the Dead & Company thread on Facebook, some guy was complaining about getting a hard time from older Heads because he never saw Jerry and so would never get the real experience, yadda yadda... He thought this was especially unfair because he wasn't even born till 1997.

Whenever we each got on the bus, we've all heard something similar, with people pontificating that we can't possibly be Dead Heads because we never saw a)Jerry b)Pigpen c)Keith and Donna ....

We were all new once. So welcome, new Heads AND old ones. Tell your tales here.

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just saw this quote and it seemed appropriate...

...especially the "about to go swimming" part

"The Grateful Dead’s music seemed really dark and really light at the same time. A dungeon with great natural light. Or being hungover but about to go swimming. They sounded tragic and broken but enduring, ageless."

Bill Callahan

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terrapin...er turtlelips

great post.

regarding the Grateful Dead everyone remembers but who is no longer around: were they ever here at all? just keep on dancin' (or swaying ,in many of our cases)

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Daydreamers

we be Sunshining or Daydreaming, your Gracefulness.

Couch touring shows, popping up on chat, visiting here and there, gassing up bus, enjoying a bit of licorice once in awhile.

Discovering new bands playing old songs, Old bands trying new songs, and smiling when any of us OF (Over Fifty) kids forget the words.

How does that song go?

Cheers-see you at the next stop.

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ChinacatRider98: Love each other

Thanks for putting all those sentiments out there.
I love this comment:

"she seemed like a sweetheart so I danced extra hard for her."

You, my friend, are on the right track.

I was brought to tears by They Love Each Other in Camden last summer. And I'll add one more to your interesting list of who's loving who in that sentiment: the Dead Heads all love each other. Lord, you can see that it's true.

Even the douche in the t-shirt line; just shake your head and move on. To say "its not what it used to be" is ignorant: it never was. I knew someone who said he lost interest in the band when they started playing "songs". Ok, fine, close yourself off. But don't tell me I'm not moved by their high artistic expression.

And finally on Justin's contribution at Alpine Valley: his first few notes singing Black Muddy River were like fingernails on a chalkboard to me (i first came to love that song through the Persuasions version).
But he DELIVERED on Bird Song, which is tough territory to venture into as a first-timer.
It rolls on: there must be innovation to remain vital.

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ChinacatRider98: Love each other

And where are the Daydreamers hiding?

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ChinacatRider98: Love each other

Thanks for putting all those sentiments out there.
I love this comment:

"she seemed like a sweetheart so I danced extra hard for her."

You, my friend, are on the right track.

I was brought to tears by They Love Each Other in Camden last summer. And I'll add one more to your interesting list of who's loving who in that sentiment: the Dead Heads all love each other. Lord, you can see that it's true.

Even the douche in the t-shirt line; just shake your head and move on. To say "its not what it used to be" is ignorant: it never was. I knew someone who said he lost interest in the band when they started playing "songs". Ok, fine, close yourself off. But don't tell me I'm not moved by their high artistic expression.

And finally on Justin's contribution at Alpine Valley: his first few notes singing Black Muddy River were like fingernails on a chalkboard to me (i first came to love that song through the Persuasions version).
But he DELIVERED on Bird Song, which is tough territory to venture into as a first-timer.
It rolls on: there must be innovation to remain vital.

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Old ones

Chinacatrider98:
Really liked your comments. Lol, a lot of us just sway because we’re old!! Don’t let people get you down, we all had our first show. I became a Dead fan while in college during the 60’s. The band has changed so many times there is little need to belabor the point. Jerry thought they buried the GD with Pig. One drummer? Two? The music never stopped.
So many tears shed at the 50 in Chicago. The wife and I thought it was over, then out af the ashes came Dead and Co. John isn’t Jerry, Oteil isn’t Phil, and Jeff is Jeff
Enjoy the music, that is the whole shot. Have seen them on more tours than I can honestly remember, and am grateful to be alive for one more show.
So glad you are part of the family.
Always be kind...

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stuman!

Great to see you back in these parts! Don't be a stranger! Bring your neighbors!

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Hello marye, it's been a

Hello marye, it's been a long time. Hard to believe I been a member here for ten yrs. I just turned 50 this year, been a deadhead since the early 80's been to a lot of shows seen a lot , it's been a awesome ride. I recently had new neighbors move in, they are all in their 20's and into the dead, it fascinates me to see young people into the dead and the culture . I have no kids but now I have someone to share my life's collection with. So welcome to all younger heads and hello to all who may remember me from here .

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welcome, chinacat!

Al's words are wise. Welcome to the extended family!

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