Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Jackie Green Does The Dead! Amazing!

I would like to thank Karen Kerr, a fellow baker and blogger from the Los Angeles area for bringing these Phil Lesh and Jackie Greene recordings to my attention. Karen is seasoned baker, who has helped me in a pinch many times, check out her blog and show her some love.

 I feel that this version really brings about the peace and serenity that Robert Hunter's words grapple with. I feel the water swishing beneath my feet, the breeze from the willows. The combination of the masterfully simple harmonic finger strumming and that sweet, mellow bass combined with two meaningful voices makes for an excellent tune. As an aside, Phil Lesh, studied classical music as a youngster  something which is often overlooked because of his years (decades) in the psychedelic scene, his simple bass lines, which are driven harmonically and rhythmically are a testament to his comprehension of music in so many genres. He was also known for his word. I recently read this Phil Lesh quote (about Pig Pen):

“He cultivated a biker image, but he was more the Marlon Brando-Wild Ones sensitive, brooding type. But funkier, way funkier.”

May this video bring you the peace to get your through the holiday season, the love to keep you warm this winter, and just simply a breath of fresh air. It is not often that a Grateful Dead song hits me so hard, that I listen to it four times. But, as they say "Once in a while, you get shown the light in the strangest places when you look at it right" I could not have said it better myself! 

I would be remissed if I did not share this with you:
Bob Weir and Jackie Green! 

Peace and Love and All the Above!

-DW, The Bread Barron 

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