ROBERT C. MATTHEWS
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?
Matthews & Garcia
Major, major. I was privileged to probably be the person who got to spend more time than anybody else on a one-on-one basis in the creative environment of the studio with Jerry. I was, I feel blessed to have the experience. It was a unique relationship that worked very smoothly where he could look to me to be able to help him create the music and count on me to, as I described, remove the technical issues to help the music occur. Once to twice he would yell at me for, "Don't try to second guess me!" But that was part of what I did. And being able to play music with him in the New Riders that was also pretty fun. He was a great friend, a fantastic person; I learned how to give a good interview from him, the style of communication, perspective. Major influence on my life. And actually family; he pointed out to me that we were both Brothers-in-Law. My wife's sister is married to Jerry's brother. So a small little, another little closure or coincidence.
2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?
Probably I would have to say, Garcia his solo record, working with him on that. Because that was artistically, esthetically, relationship wise, from a creativity perspective that was almost perfection. As far as its ability to spontaneously create new music from the ether quickly, without any fanfare, it just fell into place, the music told us what to do, and of course Jerry was very good at listening to what the music said, I would have to say that that was probably the fondest memory.
3. What would you say is the most significant thing Jerry has given the world?
A) Have fun at what your doing. B) If it's not fun look for another direction, go for what you're driven towards.
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