Leaving Chuck's house I proceeded to Fisherman's Wharf to listen to my
friend John, the Paper Millionaire, play in his Grateful Dead cover band. I
arrived to find Mark
and John's wife Lynae
sitting outside listening to the band. Not as many people this week as last
week but I'm guessing that might have something to do with it being St.
Patrick's Day and people generally hanging out in pubs drinking.
I'm not really a Grateful Dead fan. I mean, their music is okay, I can
listen to it, unlike Country or Western. But friends of mine (like
have claimed to have attended dozens, if not hundreds, of Grateful Dead
concerts. I never understood the attraction that would keep people
attending concert after concert, day after day, year after year.
But after hearing John's band play for the past few weeks, I think I
understand the phenomenon better. They're an incredible band that jam more
than play, each song lasting ten, fifteen, twenty minutes at a stretch,
often blending into the next song with no clear break between them.
They'll start a song, sing a few verses, then jam out for ten minutes,
resume singing a few verses (oh, they're still playing that
song I think), jam a few more minutes, sing the last verse, then
start the next song.
But more incredible are the people. A large crowd, dancing on stage,
spinning, whirling, stomping and otherwise just having a great time being
abosrbed into the music, letting it take them where ever. It's effetious.
Like I said, I'm beginning to get a grasp on this whole Dead thang.
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