THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

REID GENAUER :: ASSEMBLY OF DUST


Reid Genauer
1. How would you say the music of Jerry Garcia and/or the man himself has influenced your music, your craft, and/or your life path?

At the risk of sounding cliché - Jerry Garcia is probably the sole reason I ever really got into music. Before I discovered the Grateful Dead music listening was sort of superficial to me - a pleasant form of entertainment. I was initially drawn to the music because all the naughty/cool kids in 8th grade (particularly my friend’s older sister) were into The Dead. But when I heard the music and began to understand it I was moved. I was captured by the lore and the craftsmanship of the songwriting and the emotion of the performance. From then on The Dead and music in general became less entertainment and more obsessions. The Dead were a window into all forms of music for me: pop, jazz, bluegrass, folk etc. Long and short is that Jerry Garcia and his partner in crime Robert Hunter are what drew me to want to be a musician and a songwriter.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

I'm not really sure about this one. I guess it was an interview that he gave that I had at the end of a bootleg (it might have been a tape of the Grateful Dead Hour) where he talks about being really pissed off after a show because he thought it was bad. He goes on to tell about how he threw Phil Lesh down a flight of stairs afterwards because he was so bent out of shape and then that he listened back to the show years later and loved it. I loved this story for two reasons: 1) the thought of Jerry being so rip shit seemed kind of intriguing and oddly entertaining, 2) I feel that way on occasion after a show and its reassuring to know that I am not alone in the universe of dissatisfied performers AND I have had that happen to me - A show I felt was lame that sounded great after the fact. What's worse though is one that feels great during and sounds awful upon listening back.

3. What would you say is the most significant thing Jerry has given the world?

Soul, hope and humility.

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