Let me begin by saying that the title of today’s Daily Soundtrack is a very crappy pun… mainly because 99.99% of the people who read this won’t get it.. you see, my middle name is Lee. (I have actually considered legally changing it but am too lazy to do so).
So what led to this nonsense? My friend Mike Stark (owner of the LA RADIO STUDIO) posted on social media that today was the day the Grateful Dead played their longest song ever…. a 46 minute version of “Playin’ In The Band.” That song just happens to be one of my fave Dead songs, which led me to think about their songs that I do really like and then that Mike was nice enough to take me to see one of the Dead offshoots (I think it was Further) and I enjoyed most of it until the people who were tripping balls began touching me and hugging me as I walked around… that didn’t enliven my experience.
And I did see the Dead once with Jerry back in the day. That’s an entire story that know one wants to hear but needless to say it wasn’t one of my favorite experiences. I don’t think they were entirely motivated that day or maybe Jerry was zooted to the gills but it never took off and soared like my friends said it would.
Here’s some Dead I enjoy, dedicated to my friends Mike and Kyle and all you other people who get “it” while I don’t.
NEED A MIRACLE?
I think the album this came from was my first long form exposure to the Dead. I really didn’t get it and it may have set the stage for a long series of disagreements with many friends who swear by them. I did love this though. I can’t explain it actually but it, more than anything after, captured my imagination. It’s long and noodle-y but I still dig it to this day. Weird.
A friend once said he was going to put some Dead on and I immediately began thinking of an exit strategy. And then this song signaled the beginning of Workingman’s Dead. And I stayed and listened. It’s one of the 3 Dead LPs I own, one of which is a Greatest Hits Package. I still pull this LP out sometimes.
I recognize that the production doesn’t really match the Dead all that well, and the songs may be a little too co’mersh, but it’s one of their best sounding of the records (according to me), there’s not a bunch of wandering about by Phil, and they get to the point on every song.
That means it was primed for me.
And that “Fatman in the Bathtub” style percussion in “Serengetti?” Yes!
I guess I needed to do a little more mind expansion with the Dead… instead of wasting it on everything else. 😉 Maybe I’ll give that another go sometime.
WHEN LIFE LOOKS LIKE EASY STREET THERE IS DANGER AT THE DOOR.