The Other One: He’s Weird

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From the Rolling Stone Special Collectors Edition 2013 “Bob came from Atherton–he’s from that really upper class trip, his folks are really wealthy and all that, he was like the Atherton kid who was just too weird for anybody.”- Jerry Garcia

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“It’s not your business how it’s done. You’re lucky to get through…”

Lyrics by Robert Hunter, Music by Jerry Garcia

Just a song of Gomorrah
I wonder what they did there
Must have been a bad thing
to get shot down for

I wonder how they blew it up
or if they tore it down
Get out, get out, Mr Lot
and don’t you look around

Who gave you your orders?
Someone from the sky
I heard a voice inside my head
in the desert wind so dry

I heard a voice telling me to flee
The very same voice I always believe
Said: a lot of trouble coming
but it don’t have to come to you
I’m sparing you so you can tell
the rest what you been through

But don’t you turn around, no
Don’t look after you
It’s not your business how it’s done
You’re lucky to get through

You’re a good upstanding man
A credit to the flock
But if you don’t face straight ahead
You could not stand the shock

Blew the city off the map
Left nothing there but fire
The wife of Lot got turned to salt
because she looked behind her

Because she looked behind
Because she looked behind
[etc]

“It’s a long lonely walk from Hell to the burying ground…”

The truth of love an unsung song must tell.
The course of love must follow blind,
Without a look behind.

– Reuben and Cerise, Lyrics by Robert Hunter, Music by Jerry Garcia

I cry and I sing and I sway and I dance and I mourn and I rejoice and I love

and I love…

and I love…

and I love…

and I love…

and I love…

The Other Ones: Part 3

And when the day had ended, with rainbow colors blended, their minds remained unbended. He had to die, oh, you know he had to die.- Cryptical Envelopment, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Bill Kreutzmann

So, during Splintered’s set break at Abbey Bar, I met an interesting Iranian fellow and we were just blabbing away about the Grateful Dead—how we discovered it, songs we love, how apparently Jerry Garcia resembles Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (this guy was dropping some serious knowledge), I told him I sang with Pure Jerry, etc.—and then it happened…

While I was describing the critical, cryptical moment that turned me onto the Grateful Dead and subsequently changed my life, he immediately knew, and sang perfectly, the magical guitar riff from the 2-11-69 Fillmore East show.

And I just lost my shit and screamed and jumped up and down. And then we both lost our shit and jumped up and down again during the Splintered second set when we heard “The Wheel”. And we just jumped up and down screaming, “THE WHEEL!”

Shenanigans.

The Other Ones: Part 2

It started on facebook…doesn’t it always? Totally spaced on a show until I saw it posted on the good ‘ol fb. Went to the event page and saw that a fellow deadhead needed a ride and lived closeby, so I went and picked him up.

“The bus came by and I got on. That’s when it all began.” – That’s It for the Other One, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Bill Kreutzmann

Drove through the cold rain and snow and arrived at the ABC to a packed house. Met up with some folks I hadn’t seen in a while to dance and spill beer and get into some shenanigans.

Abbey Bar at ABC

Black History: Interview with Melvin Seals of the Jerry Garcia Band (Repost)

Preserving the Dead: Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia (Aug 1, 1942 – Aug 9, 1995)

You may be familiar with the Grateful Dead but you might not be as familiar with the Jerry Garcia Band, formed in 1975 by Jerry Garcia. One of the original members of the JGB is organist Melvin Seals, who continues to preserve the dead and tour with the JGB “Keepers of the Flame”.

Kane, Peter, “Jerry Garcia Band, ca. 1982: Jaclyn LaBranch, Melvin Seals, Dee Dee Dickerson, Greg Errico, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn,” Grateful Dead Archive Online, accessed February 2, 2013, http://www.gdao.org/items/show/829146.

To celebrate Black History Month, I’ve provided an excerpt from an interview I had with Melvin, originally published on the Tri State Indie Music Magazine site for which I write. You can see the full interview here.

TSI: How did you meet Jerry Garcia? Can you tell how you came to join the JGB in 1980?

MS: I met Jerry through John Kahn, who played bass for Jerry at that time. John heard me through Maria Muldaur and asked me would I be willing to play in another band he was in, and asked me to a rehearsal where I met Jerry. He liked my work and the rest is history.

TSI: Are there any songs that make you cry, laugh, or get angry when you play them or hear them played?

MS: ”Forever Young” has brought tears to my eyes. Also “I’ll Be with Thee”. The lyrics are very touching.

TSI: Can you talk about any traditions that you keep (or have broken) with the JGB?

MS: The most important tradition is keeping the same look and likeness of the original band: 2 background singers, bass player , drum, guitar, and keyboard. I also try not to change the material.

Read more here.