I remember the first time I heard the song “Estimated Prophet” though I didn’t know the name of the song. My friend, Renee, would always talk about a song called “Estimated Prophet” and how she never got to hear it enough when we went to shows. And then finally—at either a Bob Weir & Ratdog or Furthur or Splintered Sunlight tribute show, I heard that song and we danced like crazy. And after the show, I said to Renee:
“You know, I really like that reggae-type song. The one that’s like, ‘Don’t worry ’bout me, no.’ And she goes, ‘THAT’S ESTIMATED PROPHET!’ And I was all, ‘Oh my god, we love the same song!'”
Even though this tip is from Harvard U, you don’t have to be a genius to reuse a water bottle instead of creating more plastic waste. Hey, I’m guilty of plastic bottle waste too, believe me. But all it takes is a little conscientiousness and a few bucks to invest in less waste and more love for the Earth.
Even before I got into the Grateful Dead, I was into the The Doors. In fact, it was only by discovering the music of The Doors and Jim Morrison’s poetry that I eventually found my path to the Dead.
So, I heard this morning on WXPN that John Densmore is releasing another book, The Doors Unhinged—no doubtanother disgruntled tale of the infighting and dissent within this moody and rebellious band. If you haven’t read Riders on the Storm, I suggest you do that too.
I have some stories about my brushes with The Doors—and those will come in time…In the meantime, John, Ray, and Robby are doing a good job of preserving the dead by sharing their stories and continuing the tradition of performing the music of The Doors.
John Densmore. Photo credit: Michael Loccisano, Getty Images
Drummer John Densmore, who has spent the last decade or so openly squabbling with keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger over their shared stewardship of the band’s legacy, has announced the pending publication of a new memoir detailing their nasty legal battles. Titled ‘The Doors: Unhinged — Jim Morrison‘s Legacy Goes on Trial,’ it’s due for release via Amazon on April 17.
Every Wednesday night that he can do it Bob Weir will be taking questions live online at TRI Studios in a program he is calling, “Weir Here.” Here’s the drill: TRI goes live with Bob Weir and who ever else decides to show up. Social media maven, Kim Schultz, will field questions live via Twitter to ask Bob and his guest(s). So tweet TRI and Bob Weir your questions live during the event or in advance using the hashtag #weirhere.
This Wednesday, January 23 at 5:30 pm PST, Bob will be joined by Dave Schools, the bassist from Widespread Panic. Ask them some questions and possibly hear some tunes! I have been lucky enough to get some passes and will be there live to hear your questions being answered. I can’t wait! It should be a fun event. Hope to see you all online at TRI Studios Wednesday!
I love these grainy, black and white videos of the Dead from the late 70s. Especially when someone takes the time to couple the grainy, black and white video with a decent audio mix. Like this video of “Estimated Prophet” from a show in 1978 (Duke University on April 12, 1978)
I read somewhere that the time signature for “Estimated Prophet” is 7/4. I’m no scientist, but that sounds like a made up time signature to me. Like me, though, Jerry loved “Estimated Prophet”. He said it was one of his favorite Bobby songs to play. The Dead played it 390 times.
Lyrically, it’s my favorite Weir song for sure. My favorite lines:
I’ll call down thunder and speak the same / My work fills the sky with flame / Might and glory gonna be my name / And men gonna light my way
The third in a series revisiting my first posts leading up to my Blogaversery next week.
Jerry Garcia and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden in September 1993. This photo was taken the last time I saw the Grateful Dead and near the end of their historic run in rock and roll. I still enjoy listening to old Grateful Dead concerts occasionally but have no desire to ever see any of the cover bands. I saw the real thing and I don’t want to spoil that memory. You can buy a print of this one and see others by clicking here