I may not have been there for the shows. I didn’t have the chance to run around the lot, join the family, learn the inside jokes.
Meet the amazing people, see my hero right in front of me, doing what he does best.
I didn’t get miracled into a grateful dead show, I didn’t travel across the country to see them.
All I have now are videos, books, sets, tapes, shirts, and stories of a modern day deadhead. But the knowledge I know of them makes it worth it to me in the end.
They are more than a band to me, more than a band to the country. They created the native roving son, an economic system within their concerts, created many beautiful unions which lead to reproduction and families, communion. They are the foundation of modern day music. The wall of sound? are you kidding me?
30 years of hard work, still continuing every single day to change us all so drastically. I was born 5 days before Jerry died. Who would have thought his life would somehow affect me in the future. Now I can say they have created some of my greatest stories, created the festivals we now attend, influence the artists we listen to. Without the grateful dead I wouldn’t have met the love of my life, Dancing bear.
They are the band I cry to, the band I intensely sing the lyrics to, the band I can talk about for hours and still not finish everything I wanted to say. The band I wake up to, take a whole day to listen to one set from sunrise to sunset, clean to, dance, to meditate to, and most importantly, they are the inspiration for all of my artwork. The band I only show to people when they are serious about starting a 30 year long journey, hop on the bus.. A term I can’t even fully or rightfully use.
I have seen every single band I have ever dreamed of, my friends favorite bands, the bands you didn’t even know existed… But I will never see my favorite band be able to play a concert. I will never become a full dead head for this reason only.
Jerry. Jerry Garcia is a personal friend of mine. Seriously, he is my best friend. I had a psychedelic where my soul mate was crying in my arms about Jerry. The struggles he took on, all of man’s worst possible ailments, Jerry had them all. Jerry suffered with addiction, commitment issues, weight issues, smoking, drinking, and too much travel. He took on all of these issues and still managed to come on stage every night and reveal his soul to millions every single night. Jerry was watching over us from the bright blue summer sky above. He told me it was my mission in life to be with dancing bear and take care of him because we had a mission, we Are Jerry’s children, And there aren’t many left. I have never met a boy as into the grateful dead as I am, and that’s how I know he is the one.
But we need people in this generation to not loose hope. To learn, to teach the word of the grateful dead. Because they are more than a band, they are a lifestyle. They are more than a lifestyle, they are a band. And we need to keep them alive because future generations need to now what made us who we are.
I may not have experienced that era, But I was there.
And I know where I am going when my life ends, I am finally going to be at that grateful dead show I have always dreamed of.
All of the members sharing the stage, their energy creating the illusion of heaven.
If there is one thing anyone knows about me, it is that they are everything to me. I spend my days and nights researching them because we need to remember.
I don’t care if you only listen to china cat sunflower, You don’t need to be an acid head hippie to like them. Many doctors and lawyers love and listen to the grateful dead. Their style of music is so universal, and can connect to anyone because they don’t just create music based on the little things, Robert Hunter uses such vintage imagery in his Lyrics and when the grateful dead puts it into sound… Faced with mysteries dark and vast, statements just seem vain at last.
If you are confused, listen to the music play
just please know of this band. They will change your life.
I’m fucking aggravated so please shut the fuck up
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