Remembering Terrapin Crossroads: May 2012
by Uncle John
darkness of the hour brings us to the moment of the dawn of Terrapin. On Sunday
there is a “ring of fire”, a solar eclipse of a new moon blocking the sun. Phil
Lesh & friends gather together at Terrapin Crossroads for a night of free music.
On Tuesday, there is a rare blackout in northern San Rafael, that is a Godsend
to me and others to attend this night of free music. Patrons listen, artists
draw, and workers are in sync, while the musicians, Phil Lesh, John Kadlecik and
Jon Graboff are lifting the spirit of everyone in this great atmosphere. The
night begins with a wine tasting. Around 9pm Phil & Company are playing in the
bar and singing together on tunes we all find familiar. How sweet it is!
“Inspiration move me brightly
Stu Allen & Mars Hotel @ Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA, USA
1.The Last Time (The Rolling Stones cover)
2.It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry (Bob Dylan cover)
3.Easy to Love You (Grateful Dead cover)
4.Black-Throated Wind (Bob Weir cover)
5.Loose Lucy (Grateful Dead cover)
6.When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan cover)
7.High Time (Grateful Dead cover)
8.Deal (Jerry Garcia cover)
Terrapin Crossroad's Backyard Stage, Beach Park, San Rafael California. 10-31-2021
9.Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (Kenny Rogers cover) >
12.Samson and Delilah ([traditional cover) >
13.Blow Away (Grateful Dead cover) >
14.Unbroken Chain (Grateful Dead cover) >
15.Terrapin Station (Grateful Dead cover) >
16.Days Between (Grateful Dead cover) >
17.Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover) >
18.Going Down the Road Feelin' Bad (Henry Whitter cover) >
19.Not Fade Away (The Crickets cover) >
20.Sunshine Daydream (Grateful Dead cover)
21.Brokedown Palace (Grateful Dead cover)
22.And We Bid You Goodnight traditional cover)
23.Box of Rain (Grateful Dead cover)
"Fill a need and find it.”
"Total invention: something which fills a need which does not yet exist.
After Leonardo DaVinci´s invention of the parachute, the first airplane was as good as on the wing."
"A good way to invent the future is to predict it."
--John Perry Barlow
"find a need and fill it."
dead & company Flying Car
Snapshot of our solar system
captured by Voyager 1,
1st man-made machine to fly into interstellar space.
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 the play, extraterrestrial time travelers, seven sirens, 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 become seven gypsy women who say in unison, "Take us to your leader, Johnny B. Goode". Paul and I talk about Jerry Garcia's love for science fiction, Blows Against The Empire, and Sirens Of Titan.
Golden Record Manual for Visitors from Interstellar Space
Thanks to NASA
by Uncle John
Spanish translation by Tania Carrasco
The Purple Sage
Seven Gypsy Women
Bobby “Sugarfree” Sugaree
Harry Jardiniere met Johnnie Walker at the Alligator Bar & Grill.
He was drinking and smoking heavy & Johnnie was popping pills.
He heard the wear in his old friend´s voice.
Emotions were stirred echoing his words.
I´ve been shaken and frozen inside,
Withdrawn, broken like the ground;
I been lost in a sound surrounded and found.
I´ve survived the darkest night
Alone on the desert sand.
I´m not a fraud and I´m not a holy man.
Point the way
Persevering for the day
To finda job working
For a United States company.
Owed so many bills causing our countrymen´s ills,
I have to pay so I must sell the story.
They´re drowning in debt
Though they work through a sweat,
So I dug out a book of history.
You could see it repeat itself,
Down from the shelf,
Brought back a picture in my memory.
I was at a reunion and sang a lullaby.
They wanted to discuss modern times.
We went down to the pier with our fishing line
Recalling the gig at the time.
Harry Jardiniere is host and with his half tank of gas,
Hums his harp dancing with the light glistening through his glass.
Harry Jardiniere (singing):
Someone buy two rounds & I´ll drink a toast to old Jim Bridger and to the band in the arena,
Where flower girls smile with their eyes at those passing by &
My lady Maria Bonita the Senorita,
She bathes in the soft moonlight &
Turns me away from the Margaritas,
Awakens and soaks up the sun in the shamrocks beneath her.
No one could catch or match such
Succession of impressions in progression.
There was a wolf´s head in the passageway
With ringers on his fingers, muscles on his arms &
His songs played on the loudspeakers,
With the crickets in tune under the moon.
There were beautiful women, with purses, that would sway and swoon.
Four women horsing-around together,
Drinking up the time,
Waiting and juiced, ready and able,
They´re funny with an interesting line.
It seems you can´t please everyone
& you don´t want to antagonize;
Everybody´s got so much to say
They could say better with their eyes.
There are four queens in every deck,
Four kings in every scene,
Four aces in faces,
Four jacks in the right places.
The cost they share makes them feel bright blue.
If he had the chance, he´d make his dream come true.
No brazen anger, no nightmare trance,
No need to be strangers between the song and the dance.
Rainmaker, Rainmaker, shake that Rainmaker.
Make it rain a worthy treasure
For our dancing pleasure.
Rainmaker, Rainmaker, shake that Rainmaker.
One Christmas eve I remember well.
Johnnie Walker called from his hotel.
It sure is hot here in Mexico &
This needle and grains just aren´t enough;
I used to spend Christmas as a family man;
Now I´m alone & on the edge of being a hollow man.
Johnnie came home on New Year´s eve &
Paid the price of time,
And played a rhapsody in the rain
To this old heart of mine.
excepts from the play Raindance
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excerpts from LAST FLASH OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD
by Uncle John
FARE THEE WELL
Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead
The last days of the Grateful Dead are full of the first. Their sound is distinct, loud and unique. They're not just another rock ‘n roll band playing, but a musical collaraboration of intuitive consciousness, telepathic notes, energetic stimulation, stability, and balance we interpret in dance and spirit. We all recognize the Grateful Dead and their unique ability to be harmonious, focused, intense, with empathetic talent in collusion and cooperation, in a maze of transformation that speaks individually and collectively to each member of the audience.
It is early evening in Santa Clara, California, the first day of the Fare Thee Well shows, and the Grateful Dead take the stage in the twenty-first century for the first time. There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert! It’s a special, timeless feeling, intuitive moment, unity of spirit, gathering of the souls, grounded in vibration, with light and sounds to stimulate our senses, balance our emotions, displace our worries and fears, opening the well of inner kindness, smiling in the peace of our moments shared.
The grand finale staged five concerts in two cities with Jerry Garcia´s presence in spirit and songs felt throughout. They opened in California with Truckin´. The band played one their first cover songs, closing the first of ten sets with Noah Lewis' jugband tune “Viola Lee Blues”. The band is playing its unique style of the song. Listening to the sweet spirits present, I hear Noah playing his harp in the background and Jerry Garcia jamming with the Jubilee band, when suddenly a giant esthetic rainbow appears in the sky, and the crowd is amazed. There’s cloud cover in this time of drought, and a double rainbow appears while the band is still playing the end of its first set. As soon as the set ends, a few drops of rain fall on the crowd. A spectacular sunset follows.
Promoter Bill Graham famously said of the Grateful Dead "They're not the best at what they do, they're the only ones that do what they do."
The songs of the Beatles in the sixties liberated us, and the words and music of Bob Dylan understood us and brought revelation, but the sounds of the Grateful Dead, that country folk rock jazzy blues jam beat feel good band, transforms us.
"The rainbow was real."
--Paul Hoffman, Lighting Director for the Grateful Dead
According to news reports that surfaced after this rainbow occurred in Santa Clara, California on June 27, 2015 during the Grateful Dead's show, it was unbelievable to some reporters who raised speculation it was a contrived event. There was a magnificent rainbow arching over the entire stadium, with perfect timing showing up during the final song of their first set on this first night of "Fare Thee Well", and morphing into a double rainbow. Billboard.com stated it was not Divine intervention or Mother Nature's unusual weather. One report claimed the Grateful Dead spent $50,000 to stage this rainbow. An ABC News report stated it was possible. "What a great way to create a buzz, for a run of shows that have been nothing if not buzz-worthy from their very first announcement." After all, the Merry Pranksters were there. According to reports, the Grateful Dead orchestrated this rainbow by placing 600 special lights on a building two miles away. Of course they had to bring in the cloud cover, and a few raindrops fell on this crowd in a rainless drought-stricken time, and for the climax, a spectacular incredible sunset fills the sky. Billboard did a retraction by quoting a Deadhead, "This is the band that jams with God."
I am riding the elevated train in Chicago on the first night of the Grateful Dead's "Fare Thee Well" here. There's a group of black people surrounding this one older black man who's at the center of their group. One of them asks, "What's going on?" and another echoes, "What's happening here?" and the older gentleman responds, "Don't you know the Grateful Dead are in town, and that they're different from every other band that comes here? There's two reasons, one, the following they have, and two, the vibe. Even the big names like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones don't have this kind of following, and they don't have that vibe", he says with emphasis, and smiling.
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