So, last night, at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead played what was billed as their last ever concert, which is to say that the “core four”, the four surviving members of the original band — Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart — claim they will never again all play together … Continue reading Fare Thee Well, Grateful Dead
Disclaimer: I recognize that this installment of Video Fridays may only appeal to music geeks like me, or maybe even to just Grateful Dead music geeks like me, but inspiration hit me and this is what I have to share today. That said, if there’s even a sliver of a chance that I can turn … Continue reading Video Fridays: The Magic of 1977 Grateful Dead
Ok, so, I know I just wrote a few weeks ago that I missed out on most of the new music from the 1990s because I was immersed in the music of the Grateful Dead, music from the late 60s through the mid 70s, and American roots music. Reading that post, you’d think that I … Continue reading Video Fridays: Grateful Dead
I haven’t written about one of my favorite bands of all time, the Grateful Dead, in a while, having published my last post on the topic back in July, but today it’s definitely time. When I heard in August that three of the “core four” remaining members of the Dead — Bob Weir, Billy Kreutzmann, … Continue reading Video Fridays: Dead & Company
It’s been a while since my last Grateful Dead-related post, but I’m in a particularly Deadish mood today, thanks to the following video of the most recent incarnation of the band: Furthur. I’ve seen and heard every version of the band since the tragic loss of Jerry Garcia in 1995, and not one of the … Continue reading Video Fridays: Furthur Keeps The Dead Alive
When a song is so beautiful it makes your heart ache: Grateful Dead – Comes A Time – 4-26-1972 https://t.co/w18dObHQfp via @YouTube — Fish & Bicycles (@FishandBicycles) April 13, 2016 Comes a time when the blind man takes your hand Says, “Don’t you see? Gotta make it somehow on the dreams you still believe Don’t … Continue reading Comes A Time. Not THAT Comes A Time. So Beautiful It Aches.
It’s been a longstanding tradition of mine, here at Fish & Bicycles, to announce when I will be unable to post for a while. This series of Out of Office posts has spanned the last five years, they usually marked occasions when I was traveling, but sometimes I just knew I’d be too busy to … Continue reading Out Of Office: My Muse Is Otherwise Occupied Edition
Wow, January’s been one helluva month for deaths of musicians and entertainers that I’ve admired, so much so that I haven’t been able to keep up and post my reactions. I managed to mark the passing of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, but then came Glenn Frey of the The Eagles (not someone I was … Continue reading Video Fridays: R.I.P. Paul Kantner
A few weeks ago, a friend posed the following question on Facebook: What is a song that speaks for you in some way? A song that means a lot to you. A song that you would want played at your memorial. Your signature song. Now, if I was just an ordinary casual music listener, this … Continue reading What is your signature song?
I often think of myself as a pretty decent pop music historian, because in conversations with music geeks and non-geeks alike I very regularly can reference what others consider to be obscure music factoids. And yet, paradoxically, I regularly learn something new that takes me totally by surprise. Yesterday was one such occasion, thanks to … Continue reading Video Fridays: A “Morning Dew” Extravaganza