Grateful Dead Jams

I hope everybody is doing well. I played a bit of music with my buddy Steve today, both of us on acoustic guitar, and we delved into some old tunes that really brought me back. In particular, we spent a lot of time noodling around with some Grateful Dead songs that I haven’t played in years. I’ll admit I was a bit dusty, but once we ran through them a couple of times I swear it was like riding a bike. Here are a few of the tunes we played:

US Blues


Eyes of the World

Scarlet Begonias


Just to name a few. Anyway, it reminded me to go back and check out one of the best Grateful Dead shows that I’ve ever heard, and many fellow Dead Heads would agree wholeheartedly. That particular show is, of course, the tried and true May 8 1977 show at Barton Hall, Cornell University. For those of you who may not have ever heard of it, I found it on youtube. Take a listen! Warning… it’s 2 hours 40 minutes long:

I just love the way that this recording starts out with a crowd mic, then seamlessly blends into the soundboard recording. And the fact that Jerry is jumping right into a crazy melody before the first note even hits is mind blowing. The whole show really has such a good setlist, starting with Minglewood Blues, a followed a bit later by great rendition of Deal, Brown Eyed Women, you name it. But it really takes off in the second set when the gang comes out with huge Scarlet/Fire, then jams straight through some serious heavy hitters and cap it off with a suiting One More Saturday Night. All in all one of the most stellar musical performances I’ve ever heard in my life.

Any way, enough jibber jabber. The important thing I wanted to tell you all is that I popped the question to my wife… and she said yes!

No, not that question. She already said yes to that years ago of course.

But the real question was whether or not I would be able to turn some space in our basement into my very own home studio – and she’s all for it! I’m so thrilled I can’t contain my excitement. It’s something I’ve wanted to have for years, and I’m so fortunate to have support from such a lovely life partner. There’s obviously a lot of work and planning that’s going to need to go into this, and I’ve only just begun. I wanted to let you all know, and I’ll make sure to keep you updated on the progress!

Much love,