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14 Sep

imagePhil Lesh described it as thinking of a guitarist’s hand. Each finger on that hand represents one of the band’s members. Think of the entire band as if the guitarist’s hand was closed. As you factor in synchronicity the hand slowly opens like a thousand petals of a lotus. Add the audience into the mix and you have fully blossomed flower.

This description of synchronicity is by far the most accurate I have come across. When The Grateful Dead achieved this onstage the entire stadium and all its occupants became one living organism.


Why do we write, paint, make music, create?

18 Aug

 Keith Richards once said the writer has a blank page, the painter, the blank canvas, and he as the musician has silence as his palette. Michelangelo said he saw the angel in the stone and set it free. Once I heard a NASCAR sports announcer describe a race car as a sixteen valve wind instrument. In goes the good air out goes the bad. A Screamin’ Demon!!!

Standing At The Crossroads

6 Jul

Standing At The Crossroads.

“witness to the death of a generation”

6 Jul


“Half-a-million strong”…No I am not a hippie, but of a next generation who would loose also that which is instinct to man. Which means only too well that you as a reader must look into the camera smile and say it is my time when you look at your watch or sundial as may be the case…while you glance at this page wondering “Shit . Do I have to read this crap for school?” Ain’t no cliff-notes on this shit coming at you cause you just bought the ticket…and we know all too well what that means no don’t we? Unless of course this column winds up in some sleaze book stuffed down a teenagers trousers. Or mashed up between Betty and Veronica.

Standing At The Crossroads

4 Jul


“People willingly died in battle not because of their prejudices but because of their beliefs.” – unknown

“This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.” – Abraham Lincoln

Over 250,000 men, women and children of the South gave their lives in the four year battle known as the Civil War.

Disease killed many if not most.

If you were struck in the torso by a Minié ball you had little chance of surviving.


When Lincoln died Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton is reported to have uttered his famous remark, “Now he belongs to the ages.”

So does this terrible, terrible war.