Josh Clark by Josh Miller
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?

The first time I saw a "steal your face" was in my Drivers Ed course. Someone had penciled in a version in my drivers' handbook. I thought it was a sign for a heavy metal band. I learned it was, of course, a symbol for the Grateful Dead. Little did I know this symbol and band had an entire universe attached to it. I live in this universe. It's huge, it's still expanding, and like its "leader" this universe and its inhabitants seek adventure and embrace mystery with a great sense of irony and wit.

Having never been to a Grateful Dead show featuring Jerry Garcia I suppose I'm a Dead Head by association. I have a big bag of bootlegs in my truck, I can't get rid of them and they seem to be multiplying on their own. As far as Jerry Garcia's influence on me musically, I suppose in a self imposed world of technical perfection of guitar playing he came out of a Driver's Ed handbook and told me I don't have to stay in the yellow lines. So if anyone's got a problem with my driving, blame it on Captain Trips.

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