Playin' In The Band continues

Ain´t no time to hate

Barely time to wait






It is just after noon on a sunny Saturday when I call Bob Weir at his home.

¨Hi¨, I hear a voice through a fog.

¨Oh, I´m sorry, did I wake you up?¨ as I introduce myself.

¨That´s OK,¨ answers Bob Weir. ¨Where are you?¨

¨I´m in downtown San Francisco.¨

¨Where can I come and pick you up?¨ Bob asks

¨Project One, I´ll be outside, Grace Alley, Tenth Street.¨

He sets the approximate time.


Bob Weir´s songwriting partner, John Barlow, tells me about Bob. ¨It takes dynamite to get me up. That line really does describe him¨ John Barlow says to me at Bar Cross Ranch in Wyoming, reflecting on the line from their song ¨I Need A Miracle Everyday¨.


UNCLE JOHN reads poetry to remember Robert Hunter and John Barlow

Epilogue* ¨THE JOURNEY¨


@ Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, California, October 21, 2019, 8 PM




Spring - El Señor

Poetry by John Patenaude

Editor: Tania Carrasco

Mi amor
Ask el Señor
He is the leader of a great old band
He sent you with a helping hand
To show us where we are going
Lincoln County Road or the wedding at the shore
Dreams like this one we had before
While I'm dancing on the floor talking with el Señor

Someday she will be on her way
From Florida to Rome
When I finish a poem
For your sister to read on the way home
To California
She is the beautiful signorina
Even Marco Polo will greet her
While Michelangelo poses for DaVinci on the floor
You have silence when you close the door
El Señor

Bring me close to you today
Some nights you´re as distant as the Milky Way
I look everywhere to find
Your hands inside my dreams and my mind
Ask the Lord, el Señor
Leader of an old big band
He sent you with a helping hand
Show us the great view and play
Surround me with your charm every day
Discover the way
Explore café
It's a small world, they say
El Señor

I see your work woman
And the twelve rooms you have to clean
Get breakfast, lunch and dinner
Take care of children seen and not seen
Shower in the morning
Walk the dog and drive
Fill me with stories
Smile and ride
The darkness is happening
The true light shines through
Trusting in You
Greater is He who is in us
Than the one in the world
Mi amor
Ask el Señor




Remembering with grief and gratitude

Robert Hunter

By Uncle John




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A new dawn begins We can't stay the same
Time to wake up and understand
And understand
The changes show
Yes, it's hard, I can't stand it
Until you realize you'll be a better man

He knows you by the Spirit
He looks inside your soul
And knows how you are
And what do you like
With your eyes on a goal

You know I can't stand it
When I don't understand what she says
You know I can't stand it
When I don't know how to say it
I do not understand

When they give you power and choice
And we can't distinguish our flesh
I don't have to touch her to heal her with my voice
The heart is not damaged
Who cares about your happiness
The heart is not damaged
My Lord protects you
Of any harmful effect

A new dawn begins
We can't stay the same
It's time to meet and make it stand
The changes in the coming weather
Show that the harvest is at hand

When you fulfill your purpose
Who calls you by name
And it gives you vision
From everywhere and above
To raise you in love

New dawn begins cannot remain the same
It's time to help your family clan
The changes in the coming weather
Show that the harvest is at hand

There are no musical chairs
Watching you dance in the air
Only your eyes can follow the time
Look at the muse make it rhyme

A new dawn begins We can't stay the same
Time to harvest and understand
And understand
The changes show
Yes it's hard to take it
Until you realize you're a better man

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Bob Dylan


BOB DYLAN @ Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York

June 13*, 14* & 15*, 2017

Bob Dylan – Piano, Harp, Guitar, Vocals
Tony Garnier - Bass
Donnie Herron – Pedal Steel Guitar, Violin, Electric Mandolin, Lap Steel
George Receli - Percussion, Drums
Stu Kimball - Rhythm Guitar, Maracas
Charlie Sexton- Lead Guitar



Watching The River Flow

Watchin' the river flow

 lookin' to see

 painting a picture

 still as can be


 Brian P @ Terrapin Crossroads 12/26/2018

All Along The Watchtower

Uncle John with the Terrapin Family Band

Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh, Ross James and Alex Koford

@ Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, California

Song by Bob Dylan

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Playin’ with the band

This is not about gossip and ugly rumors, but about the personal side, the spiritual and positive, the witty and wise, and the musical legacyof the Grateful Dead


"Sugaree” I use this song in RAINDANCE a play we're still finishing. I took a class with playwright Laura Gunderson last February to help me with preparation. The play is based on real life scenes, events and lines.

I'm riding in a car with rock star Bobby "Sugarfree" Sugaree in San Francisco and we stop at a bakery. We sit at the counter and Bobby orders tea, and me, coffee. When our drinks come, I pick up two packets of sugar  and offer them to Bobby. He grabs the sugar, stands up, shakes, throws it on the counter, and in a loud voice says, "I hate sugar!" My face turns beet red. "Ain't no time to hate,Bobby, we're in a bakery!"

The scene and play is set, in the near future, in a world where they put sugar in almost everything, and it is criminally unacceptable to say you hate sugar.

Suddenly two dozen  bakery workers and customers break into dance and some chant "Lock him up!" "Lock him up!"

 and we turn our voices up to sing:


“When they come to take you down

When the bring that wagon round

When they come to call on you

And drag your poor body down,

Just one thing that I ask of you

Just one thing for me

Please forget you knew my name

My darlin’ Sugaree

Shake, shake it, Sugaree

Just don't tell them that you know me

Shake, shake it, Sugaree

Just don't tell them that you know me

You thought you was the cool fool

Never could no wrong

Had everything sewn up tight

How come you lay awake all night long?


Just one thing that I ask of you

Just one thing for me

Please forget you knew my name

My darlin' Sugaree

Shake, shake it, Sugaree

Just don't tell them that you know me

Shake, shake it, Sugaree

Just don't tell them that you know me"

excerpted from "SUGAREE"

Words by Robert Hunter, Music by Jerry Garcia

All Rights Reserved


Uncle John's Experimental Theatre

September 24, 2018

@ Caffè Lena, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.


Bob Weir in front of the Bananas music store in San Rafael, California June 27, 2018



Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band

"Playin' In The Band"

June 1* & 2* Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room, San Rafael, California

June 24, Fox Theatre, Boulder, Colorado

The Rock Collection

June 23*, Terrapin Crossroads Grate Room, San Rafael, California

Dead & Company

June 3 & 4 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, California

June 20* Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, New York

June 30 Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois


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Review by Uncle John

Bob Dylan is back on the road to Highway 61. He's added Highway 61 Revisited, Desolation Row and Ballad Of A Thin Man to his nightly repertoire of songs.

Now we're here today.

Bob Dylan sounds youthful as the band orchestrates traditional golden favorites. a set of old standards, and recent tracks.

"Stormy Weather", the Harold Arlen cover steals the scene . "Duquesne Whistle" sounds and feels like we're in New Orleans during the Jazz and Blues Festival there. The dance floor is rockin’. The scene is buzzin’ “Bob Dylan es el poeta, profeta de nuestros tiempos y gitano universal” of the poet, prophet of our times & universal gypsy. Bob Dylan plays without a break for over two hours, and 21 songs later with "Blowin' In The Wind" & "Ballad Of A Thin Man" in the encore calls it a night.

One of the three nights I have a front row balcony seat centered in front of Dylan when he’s standing & doing vocals. It’s been over four decades since I was last here to hear the Grateful Dead at two of their ESP shows. And what happened at one of those shows, happened here to me tonight. When Dylan picks up the guitar to sing To Ramona energy like a rock moves up my spine in the light of our heart. “Summer Days” is a nice surprise and “Scarlet Town” is unusually inspirational stirring up the best, though slow-paced, in this momentous set. Bob does a new version of “Tangled Up In Blue”, a new musical version where he like transposes keys or chords like F & G or G & F with  new tangled words transitioned in last year’s changes. Same title, new song. Same songs, new suits.


The Capitol Theatre is like a church, a sanctuary, the presence of spiritual essence.


I’m riding the train from Port Chester to Albany heading for Saratoga Springs in New York State. The trip follows the Hudson River and I’m amazed at its length. I’m watching the river flow thinking of the players playin’ in their playful ways like Grateful Dead band members do.

The Grateful Dead band has always been very playful. The way they play their instruments and communicate musically, telepathically, physically, spiritually & emotionally.

The Capitol Theatre is the venue where the Grateful Dead conducted their first ESP experiments....

As I am watching the Hudson River flow I am reminded of three rivers and the stories about each and when Jerry Garcia asks me to play a song for him, late backstage one night. I pick up the Gibson SG. "Don't plug it in, just play", Jerry says.  I play “Mystery Rivers” from my play RAINDANCE, on the guitar. This is the second verse I sing to him:

“I tell you I’m so happy

Livin’ my life the way I do

Playin’ cards with the Magician

Raisin’ the energy elevating the truth

We’re gonna fly high upon a starship

Guided by the rings of Saturn

And make all a dream come true

We’re gonna live forever

Playin’ we’ll be happy

Singin’ rockin’ away the old time blues

You can call His name out

And Yahweh He might answer

Then again maybe time will call on you”


When I return home to California from my trip east there is a package waiting for me from Bob Dylan & his band. Inside there is a clock.

Mail from


 to be continued

Snapshot of our solar system captured by Voyager 1, 1st man-made machine to fly into interstellar space.

The eye in I ain't no par to the eye in Him.




Knockin' On Heaven's Door

Kiefer Sutherland plays Bob Dylan Cover with guest Phil Lesh @ Terrapin Crossroads


"where's jack?"


The place is packed to the rafters. it is mardi gras night at terrapin crossroads and the audience from the grate room come marching into the bar where kiefer Sutherland and his band is performing a free show in anticipation of his great american music hall debut two days later. phil lesh has the best view in the house high up on the back center wall to see the show. local musicians, and there's no place left to park packed audience, find the music truly engaging. kiefer kinda reminds me of robert hunter with his vest, a rare sight of the best, and their transformation from songwriter/actor to musician. many of the people here tonight came out to see jack bauer from the "24" series but kiefer is here in his transition from actor to real life musician. he plays some of his own songs written with  songwriter Jude Cole  for an album to be released this summer “Down In A HolE”. he also plays some excellent covers, tom petty's "Honeybee", and canadian minstrel gordon lightfoot's "sundown". i've heard bob dylan do this song before.  kiefer makes the song sound so familiar. everyone's spirit is lifted with this oldie & goodie tune. he thanks phil lesh & terrapin crossroads for having him perform here and adds, "Mr. Lesh, if you're in the house, you're welcome to come and join me for this song." Phil waves and comes on stage to play bass with the band on "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." Kiefer tells us when he was seven, he treasured the time with his Dad, and riding in a car with him then, his Dad would play this 8track song over and over, "Knockin' On Heaven's Door." His dad is donald sutherland, an actor I first saw in "Klute" & this song is in the movie "pat garrett & billy the kid" released that year, the musical score by Bob Dylan who also played an actor in the film. Here tonight Kiefer is being himself singing his personal favorites with us. The atmosphere is electrified. people forget about jack and enjoy the concert atmosphere surrounding kiefer.

the band exits and the crowd that came in from the Grate Room march back to Lebo & Friends Mardi Gras night. a small group of people gather around kiefer sutherland in the parking lot to pose for pictures. a girl asks me to take a picture of her and kiefer with her camera. I take the picture and she says "No, it's upside down, and you got video on" so she resets it and I hold the camera upright and take a couple shots. "No!" she says, "The camera's not turned on" and the girl next to her offers to take the picture. i hand her the cameraphone and apologize to them. "Sorry, but I'm technically challenged."

Kiefer talks about his ex-wife kelly and how he enjoys his independence in being single. the sounds of new orleans are playing in the background coming out of the grate room. the photo shoot is over and i  introduce myself, "Uncle John."

 "kiefer."  and we shake hands. i  recognize the actor whom i first saw in "Flatliners" and followed in every episode of the "24" series.

 i tell him "i really enjoyed your music tonight. Especially the last song, it was truly special."

 "i really appreciate that. it means a lot to me."  he says and adds "if you'll excuse me I got to go have a smoke and drink."

 "enjoy the rest of your night." i tell him.

 "NICE to meet you uncle john."

 "thank you for tonight," I say, grateful for the show.


"where's jack bauer?" someone outside the Grate Room asks.



Have You Seen The Stars Tonight?

I'm sitting at a table directly across from Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Starship  & Jefferson Airplane. He's reading the Chronicle and I'm playing one of the puzzle mazes. Paul's profile is facing me and he looks just like an alien with pins sticking out of his ears. I probably look the same to him because we are at an acupuncture clinic and I engage his attention and bring up my musical science fiction play, "Raindance". "In my play, extraterrestrial time travelers intercept the Voyager 1 and capture the Golden Record and listen to it including Chuck Berry's song Johnny B. Goode, and when they arrive on Earth they say, Take us to your leader Johnny B. Goode". Paul and I talk about Jerry Garcia's love for science fiction, Blows Against The Empire, Sirens Of Titan.

Golden Record Manual for Visitors from Interstellar Space

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Midnight North "Playin' In The Band" with Bob Weir & Phil Lesh





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He is the co-author of "BIG WIND"