Historic Pieces

Annotations and Interpretations: Peggy-O

Annotations and Interpretations: Peggy-O

It’s a timeless song. It pulls from tradition, a Scottish ballad, long sang and brought here by immigrants. Over time, it’s meaning and lyrics have changed, whether to simply fit the canvas of the American language or to make the meter’s more approachable to singers. It has been sung by a wide berth of singers, from Bob Dylan, to Joan Baez, to Simon and Garfunkel.
 

Here's Where the Rainbow Ends: Moments from the Road

Here's Where the Rainbow Ends: Moments from the Road

There are so many experiences and memories I’ve made from ‘getting on the bus,’ and traveling with Dead & Company across the United States. From the people I’ve met, to the marvelous skylines of America’s cities, to the bountiful views I was offered at every twist and turn. Every city brought forth new ideas, new means, and ways, new approaches to the common life I had been living. A single summer produced so many memories that I often do not remember until triggered by the fruits of conversation, but...


"One of the Last Adventures in America": Part 5: Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ, 5/28/2017

"One of the Last Adventures in America": Part 5: Ak-Chin Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ, 5/28/2017

The night passed quickly. Sleeping on the hotel floor for a change instead of on rocks and dirt was a wonderful change. Even yet more luxurious; a shower. Washing out all the dirt and grime out of my hair, and smelling the funk coming off me gave me a feeling of rebirth and being born anew. I untangled all the knots in my hair that were quickly forming, and walked out into the room, with Matt, Yim, and Erich all enjoying a doobie. Passed to me, I quickly obliged....


What's in a Name?: The Grateful Dead, Folklore, and Symbolism

What's in a Name?: The Grateful Dead, Folklore, and Symbolism

The Grateful Dead have many images that have been seen in parking lots, on shirts, and even certain Walmart’s brandishing their mystical logos. The stealie, the dancing bears, the uncle sam; all these designs resonate within the culture and have a certain strange edge to them. What’s behind these symbols? What do they mean? What’s their origin? Let’s find out.
 
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Annotations and Interpretations: He's Gone

Annotations and Interpretations: He's Gone

The most wonderful part, I believe, about the timeless music of the Grateful Dead, is that the songs hold such a distinct and different meaning to each listener. Sure, each song has an ‘official’ meaning, referring to certain events or actions, but one can discern a song into their own making. I think such is the case with “He’s Gone.” The song was originally penned for Mickey Hart by Robert Hunter, with Jerry putting together the music, after Mickey’s father ran off with a large sum of the band’s...