Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Let There Be Songs To Fill The Air

It’s a bittersweet 8 days every year between August 1 and August 9 for Jerry Garcia fans, celebrating his birthday (August 1, 1942) and the anniversary of his death (August 9, 1995). I have to admit, I wasn’t always a fan. It wasn’t until 1994 when someone shook some musical sense into me and took me to my first Dead show, that I realized what all the hype was about. (Thank you Aric, I am forever grateful). Up until that point, I was an 80’s hair band girl. Yes, BIG hair and all! Oh what you can do with a blow dryer and White Rain hairspray!

Now every August 9th, I remember where I was the day I got the news of his death. I still get a tear in my eye. I guess it’s the same for those who remember the passing of Elvis or Lennon. I was fortunate to see Jerry a couple times live and actually saw his 2nd to last performance at Solider Field in Chicago in 1995. A show I will never forget. Although he slipped on some lyrics that night, the passion behind “Visions of Johanna”, was well... words don’t do it justice. You just have to listen for yourself...

Click to enjoy "Visions of Johanna"

So thank you Jerry for giving us amazing songs that continue to fill the air.

1 comment:

Bill Heibl said...

"If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine"
And oh, they did indeed. Thanks for the touching remembrance. I've got to confess that I wasn't a fan either until a friend hooked me up and it was a lot later than 1994. Nice that friends do that. And while I never saw JG live I'm still moved by his and GD's music.