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Ain´t no time to hate

Barely time to wait

Vision of the dance to make it rain - Part 1


Letras y Música por Uncle John
Traducción de Tania Carrasco

desde la obra de teatro "RAINDANCE"

escrito en Mexico


Born in the hills of America
Raised in a desert cave
It wasn't until he was twenty-one years old
He met Jesus and was saved
He can move like a mountain lion
Smells like a bear for snakes
Sundance is so bold and strange
 As he is strong and brave
He has half a diamond per eye
And an eagle to guide his way
And he lived ten years inside the city
And he learned the roads of the city
He had a love for the game
A taste for whiskey
A weakness for pretty women
But he couldn't understand the cruelty
To lock up so many people inside prisons
He is a man who loves his freedom
He picked up a simple stone
And at night his would shine
Reflected on the city
Illuminated the road in the sky
They say he has ten thousand brothers
And all of them believing men
And ten thousand sisters
And many children
He has vision for a river of time
Who can stop the rain at will?
When you find him, he can make it rhyme
And get even better still
He walks inside the cities teaching ecology
He painted a rose for a masterpiece
And help the blind to see
He had a love for the game
A taste for whiskey
A weakness for pretty women
But he couldn't understand the cruelty
To lock up so many people inside prisons
He is a man who loves his freedom
Sundance is smart
And a man with many faces
But he´s the only one I know
Holding all four aces
Now some say he is a prophet
And some just one man
But I know him as a friend of Jesus
And a child of the desert sand
How can the most advanced
Civilization of all time
be so far behind
be so far behind?
Now Sundance is among you
Who helps the four-winged beast to fly?
Those who live to see
Half diamond for one eye
will have seen golden rain fall from the sky
Golden rain of the sky people
Sky roses
Golden rain from the sky
Roses from the sky!



When the moment comes

Who has seen days as dark as these?
Darkness is like a deafening silence
Living in maladaptive times When the time comes, please wake me up

The tension was deeper than could be written
I don't know how horrible it has been for some
Tonight there is assistance from a distance
Light that shines for our existence
No matter where we go, there will always be
Death is an aberration
Enoch tells Elijah in translation
For some it is a journey

When the moment comes
Close to your heart
There is a spirit in us, an inspiration
You can go there and tune in
To the grace of being human
Look around the world now
That appears after a reasonable wait
You can love the light wow
Experience the great
When the moment comes

Do you know the difference
Between freedom for the pursuit of happiness & liberty
There's a place
Where there is no
Disappointment or stress
Only irony
And only success
Does not ask for anything
The world is fragile, you can't deny it
It is a child with a mother
And your sister is like an olive tree that won't fall tonight
The wind will call at night
Pay attention and do the right thing
It is a special moment taking care of your body
Seek the kingdom of God
Coming up
Understand the eyes of love
Produce the fruit of light and freedom
It's not him or her or they or me
Only Jesus can set you free





It is just after noon on a sunny Saturday when I call Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead 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¨.


In the Bible, in Acts 8, there is a story about Philip, commanded by the angel of the Lord, to go south to the road - the desert road,  where he meets an Ethiopian who was in charge of the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man was coming from Jerusalem where he had gone to worship, and on his way home sitting in his chariot, he was reading from the Testament, the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 53, but he did not understand it. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” The African had an eagerness for truth and invites Philip to come up and sit with him. “The Ethiopian asks, “tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” Philip tells him the good news about Jesus, saying he fulfills the prophecy of this Scripture on the cross, to see our salvation. No greater grace there is than his love. The African is spiritually receptive, with a hunger in his heart to be baptized. They come upon water, and acknowledging the Divinity of God, with his whole heart believing, Philip baptizes him as they are both dunked into the water. The African comes up alone and goes down the road rejoicing. Philip comes up caught in the Spirit of the Lord, and finds himself in Azotus, about 25 miles away. He's here then suddenly there. Rapture speed, faster than motion in love.

 Watching him with his hands on the wheel as we ride through San Francisco, we are stirred up and amazed by what we see as Bob brings God into our conversation. Bob Weir is driving and I'm riding, and Bob asks if we can stop for tea and points out a bakery on Jackson Street.

Bob uses his fingers as he talks with his hands. Whenever Bob Weir paints an oral picture of the desert I am mesmerized. He is telling me a desert story in the bakery this afternoon, about driving in the desert flats where there’s no speed limit. Like the speedway on an open road. Then he says you should consider the flip side of Paradise, and talks about the reality of the Devil. The waitress brings our drinks and I offer him a packet of sugar for his tea. He takes the packet like he’s going to pitch a baseball card, or throw down his poker hand, rising out of his seat and throwing the sugar on the counter. “I hate sugar”, he says loudly. My face turns red and I can’t get out the words “Bob, we’re in a bakery!”. He continues his story and I’m transported in my mind back to the desert, planet Earth. “The faster I go, the rounder it gets” Weir says to me.



UNCLE JOHN reads poetry

 Epilogue: ¨THE JOURNEY¨

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

When your past becomes your path

& you come to answer what you ask

& the angels take you down to your grave

I´m not here to follow the parade


You begin to understand

That you were just a man

But to be a man is to stand in your doorway

I´m not here to judge

 in a world among friends

You know the beginning from where the song ends


Your journey leads us to wake

Up in the eyes of the world

You been working here so long

To fill our hearts with song

Help us to understand our rights

From what´s wrong


I look around for you

In all the places we have been

On a mysterious winding path

The gold of sunshine shining through

Seven golden rings

With seven golden powers

That makes good men immortal

Same revelation and secret

Surrounding all of you

Child of magic

With words of wonder

You stopped the world

So the blind man can see

Grateful you shall always be


We are lifted up by the spirit

To soar like an eagle high above

On the wings of the power of love

¨Sometimes the light is all shining on me

Other times I can barely see

Lately it occurs to me

What a long strange journey it´s been¨



Remembering with grief and gratitude

Robert Hunter




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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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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"