Steve Molitz by Casey Flanigan
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?

Jerry's commitment to music in general is really inspiring to me. The idea of living music - not just playing it - requires that you surrender your entire being to this intangible, infinite entity simply for the pure love of what you might discover if you search deep enough. I don't think Jerry played music, he just was music. It's like that old saying about playing the blues... "it's not enough to know which notes to play; you have to know why you're playing them." I think Jerry always knew why he was playing, and I'm inspired by the fact that he was constantly challenging himself to play outside of his comfort zone. It's a strange paradox... being comfortable without a comfort zone. In that sense he really was a 'headlight on a northbound train,' and that bravery influenced me to get on board and find out where the train was headed...

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

I regret that I never got to see Jerry perform live, so I suppose my fondest memory of him would have to come from stories I've heard. The first one that comes to mind is fairly simple, but for some reason it really stuck with me. In Phil Lesh's book he describes a pre-Grateful Dead Jerry always sitting around picking and strumming out riffs and somehow never repeating himself. There's just something really beautiful and mysterious about a guy who can play the guitar for decades and always find something new to play.

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

A renewed sense of magic. There's an entire sub-culture of people all over the world that believe in miracles again thanks to Jerry Garcia...

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