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  • Lecture 9: “Truckin’” (1970) - The Grateful Dead:  This footage of The Grateful Dead, filmed in 1972, showed the band performing during their heyday. The Dead would go on to become one of the most important American rock bands of the 20th Century, known primarily for the intense devotion of their huge fan base (referred to as “Dead Heads”), which would often follow them across the country (and sometimes around the world), from concert to concert. “Truckin’,” written by legendary singer-songwriter Robert Hunter (1941-2019), was one of their signature tunes, performed often by the band over the decades.

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  • Song Review: Holly Bowling - “St. Stephen”

    Holly Bowling doesn’t take any liberties with “St. Stephen” - besides turning the Grateful Dead’s psychedelic rocker into a piece for solo classical piano.

    Eschewing the lyrics, Bowling nevertheless sticks to the script in a musical sense and even tacks the “William Tell Bridge” on to the end of the 11-minute track.

    The song heralds the Nov. 20 arrival of Seeking All That’s Still Unsung, Bowling’s second collection of instrumental Grateful Dead covers, after 2016’s Better Left Unsung.

    “St. Stephen,” which finds Bowling using overdubs for the first time, is among her best studio performances to date.

    Grade card: Holly Bowling - “St. Stephen” - A+


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    “Every silver lining’s got a Touch of Grey…”


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    September 63

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  • Dale Ann Bradley’s cover of the Grateful Dead song “Ripple” with Tina Adair providing harmony vocals.
    Songwriters: Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia

    If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
    And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,
    Would you hear my voice come through the music?
    Would you hold it near as if it were your own?

    It’s a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken,
    Perhaps they’re better left unsung.
    I don’t know, don’t really care
    Let there be songs to fill the air.

    Ripple in still water,
    When there is no pebble tossed,
    Nor wind to blow.

    Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,
    If your cup is full may it be again,
    Let it be known there is a fountain,
    That was not made by the hands of men.

    There is a road, no simple highway,
    Between the dawn and the dark of night,
    And if you go no one may follow,
    That path is for your steps alone.

    Ripple in still water,
    When there is no pebble tossed,
    Nor wind to blow.

    You, who choose to lead, must follow
    But if you fall you fall alone.
    If you should stand then who’s to guide you?
    If I knew the way I would take you home.

    La dee da da da,
    La da da da da,
    Da da da, da da, da da da da da
    La da da da,
    La da da, da da,
    La da da da,
    La da, da da.

    #dale ann bradley #the grateful dead #jerry garcia#robert hunter#tina adair
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  • Song Review: Molly Tuttle - “Standing on the Moon”

    Molly Tuttle took the earthy route with her rendition of “Standing on the Moon,” transforming the Grateful Dead’s loping ballad into a country-and-western weeper.

    Robert Hunter’s words remain, but Jerry Garcia’s music and the Dead’s arrangement are jettisoned in favor of steel and acoustic guitars, a more traditional song structure and harmony vocals. It was a wise move, as a straight cover of this latter-Dead masterpiece would prove pointless.

    Standing on the moon with nothing left to do/a lovely view of heaven but I’d rather be with you, Tuttle sings at the apex of the song that provides the title for her forthcoming covers LP, … but i’d rather be with you.

    Out Aug. 28, it includes reimagined versions of the Rolling Stones’ “She’s a Rainbow,” Cat Stevens’ “How Can I Tell You,” the National’s “Fake Empire,” Harry Styles’ “Sunflower Vol. 6” and five other tracks.

    Grade card: Molly Tuttle - “Standing on the Moon” - B+


    #molly tuttle #the grateful dead #robert hunter #standing on the moon #... but i’d rather be with you #the rolling stones #the national#cat stevens#harry styles#one direction#Youtube
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    Grateful Dead ~ Box of Rain


    It’s just a box of rain.

    I don’t know who put it there.

    Believe it if you need it,

    or leave it, if you dare.

    And it’s just a box of rain,

    or a ribbon for your hair.

    Such a long, long time to be gone,

    and a short time to be there.


    [American Beauty]

    #Grateful Dead#Jerry Garcia#Robert Hunter#Phil Lesh #It’s just a box of rain. I don’t know who put it there. #Believe it if you need it or leave it if you dare. #Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead #Jerry Garcia The Warlocks #The Grateful Dead #Box of Rain #Grateful Dead Box of Rain #Maybe you’re tired and broken. Your tongue is twisted with words half spoken and thoughts unclear. #Grateful Dead The Warlocks #Robert Hunter Grateful Dead #Phil Lesh Grateful Dead
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    In the end there’s still that song, comes crying like the wind…

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    Gone are the days when the ox fall down

    he’d take up the yoke and plow the fields around

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  • Grateful Dead ~ Touch of Grey


    I see you’ve got your fist out. Say your piece and get out. Yes, I get the gist of it, but it’s alright.

    Sorry that you feel that way. The only thing there is to say: every silver lining’s got a touch of grey.

    I know the rent is in arrears. The dog has not been fed in years. It’s even worse than it appears, but it’s alright.

    Cow is giving kerosene. Kid can’t read at seventeen. The words he knows are all obscene, but it’s alright.

    The shoe is on the hand it fits. There’s really nothing much to it. Whistle through your teeth and spit ’cause it’s alright.

    Oh well, a tough of grey kinda suits you, anyway. And that was all I had to say. And it’s alright.


    [In the Dark]

    #Grateful Dead #Touch of Grey #Jerry Garcia#Robert Hunter #Grateful Dead Touch of Grey #It must be getting early. Clocks are running late. #Paint by number morning sky look so phony. #Dawn is breaking everywhere. Light a candle curse the glare. Draw the curtains I don’t care cause it’s alright. #The shoe is on the hand it fits. There’s really nothing much to it. #Oh well a touch of grey kinda suits you anyway. And that was all I had to say. And it’s alright. #Youtube
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  • Jerry, my friend,
    you’ve done it again,
    even in your silence
    the familiar pressure
    comes to bear, demanding
    I pull words from the air
    with only this morning
    and part of the afternoon
    to compose an ode worthy
    of one so particular
    about every turn of phrase,
    demanding it hit home
    in a thousand ways
    before making it his own,
    and this I can’t do alone.
    Now that the singer is gone,
    where shall I go for the song?

    Without your melody and taste
    to lend an attitude of grace
    a lyric is an orphan thing,
    a hive with neither honey’s taste
    nor power to truly sting.

    What choice have I but to dare and
    call your muse who thought to rest
    out of the thin blue air,
    that out of the field of shared time,
    a line or two might chance to shine –

    As ever when we called,
    in hope if not in words,
    the muse descends.

    How should she desert us now?
    Scars of battle on her brow
    bedraggled feather on her wings
    and yet she sings, she sings!

    May she bear thee to thy rest,
    the ancient bower of flowers
    beyond the solitude of days,
    the tyranny of hours –
    the wreath of shining laurel lie
    upon your shaggy head,
    bestowing power to play the lyre
    to legends of the dead.

    If some part of that music
    is heard in deepest dream,
    or on some breeze of Summer
    a snatch of golden theme,
    we’ll know you live inside us
    with love that never parts
    our good old Jack O’Diamonds
    become the King of Hearts

    I feel your silent laughter
    as sentiments so bold
    that dare to step across the line
    to tell what must be told
    so I’ll just say I love you
    which I never said before
    and let it go at that old friend
    the rest you may ignore.

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    “There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone.”- Robert Hunter

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  • The Grateful Dead - Touch of Grey 

    #grateful dead #touch of grey #view from the vault volume one #view from the vault #robert hunter#jerry garcia#bob weir#phil lesh#brent mydland#mickey hart#bill kreutzmann#folk rock#psychedelic rock#jam#music #music is life #music is love #music is religion #raining music#90s
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  • History of the Marvel Universe #4 (2019)

    written by Mark Waid
    art by Javier Rodriguez & Alvaro Lopez

    #nitro#captain marvel#mar vell#robert hunter#marvel #nitro really is like low key one of marvel's biggest villains like he killed captain marvel and started civil war #wednesday spoilers#comics#wednesday spoiler#spoilers#comic spoilers #comic books spoilers #comic books
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