So Glad You Made It





5 Responses to “So Glad You Made It”

  1. 1 Alexa April 21, 2013 at 1:29 am

    i love this! in the recent issue of Rolling Stone, there was a fascinating piece about session musicians of that era. (i would have thought James Taylor was this sweet, soulful guy . . . not so much), but The Section has some wonderful stories. i’ll try to find online if you haven’t read it.

    • 2 bluenred April 21, 2013 at 2:25 am

      Sessions. Yeah, well, all these boys played a session or two, a time or two. But it was always extremely chary to invite them in. Because none of them could play anywhere near normal. It was always like inviting to a ball somebody hare-lipped, club-footed, massively drooling.

      The Dead set embedded above, in four parts, is the last truly brilliant excursion these people presented us with. But, even here, there are massive towering errors. Errors that not even a high-school band would commit.

      For instance, as Garcia comes off (presented in video/cut three) his final finest “Morning Dew”—which is what it is to want to try to save the people, and accept, finally, that you cannot—and the band winds down to whatever might come next, and the guitarists signal that what comes next is to be “Sunshine Daydream” . . . there, at the dawn of the fourth video/cut, the drummers—and there are two of them in this band—are like deeply dumbfounded mongoloids uber alles. Because they simply cannot manage to flail the beat. And every rock band depends on the drummers to at least flail the beat. But here, the drummers, they try to do their best, but they could not. And this goes on for what seems like hours. But is actually less than 45 seconds.

      Until, at 0:37, both drummers, recovering from whatever terminal comas had heretofore possessed them, manage to hit it precisely. At the same time both guitarists hit the same precisely. All combined in a way of approaching the song that none of them had ever achieved before. And, for the next two minutes or so—till about 3:11, when Weir commences to prepare to screech—there is nothing but new and Real magic. Containing all and everything. All The Great Wide Open.

      Finding and embedding this four-part, tonight, I realized that I had not truly LSD-blown out all the tubes since the night this music was played. New Year’s 1988/89.

      That night, as, live, this music played, my daughter on my knee, I traveled to all and every universe.

      And, everywhere, all was nothing but fine.

      And, because, her flesh, was of my flesh, my daughter went with me.

      And so, to her, it was all also nothing but fine.

      I was higher than the world. And so was she.

      The whole night was nothing but magic.

      In those times, we were in the era of cassette tapes. Dosing massively myself before the show, I knew I might need backups, in order to successfully capture all of the music that did play. So I rolled two creaky cassette decks. And, indeed, once the show was over, I found I had to splice together two tapes in order to get one continuous “Sunshine Daydream.” In those days of tapes and splices, there was simply no way, to, at about 2:27 in video 4 above, after, seamlessly make a blend. Except I did it. While totally controlled by LSD. I couldn’t even really fucking see the machines. But I was the music.

      My brother considered this—the perfect “Sunshine Daydream” splice (we must have listened to it a thousand times)—my finest hour.

      And who am I to argue?

      Especially, me being who I am, to then go 23 years, without another full-immersion LSD bath—what have I been thinking?

      Clearly, nothing Right, at all.

      • 3 Alexa April 24, 2013 at 1:53 pm

        now this could be a fascinating book, if you were to write it. 😉

        i love reading or hearing about this era. (in fact, i’ve watched Forrest Gump and The Big Chill so many times it’s crazy.)

        the way you describe it all? worth a thousand Rolling Stone essays. at minimum.

  2. 4 Alexa April 24, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    mi tesoro, were you a Deadhead? did you go to their concerts and tours?

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