THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

SEAN A. CANAN :: BOCKMAN (GUITAR)


Sean Canan :: Bockman by SuperDee
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?

A big lesson to learn from Jerry is that he virtually ignored the mainstream society through his entire career. One of the few to succeed further than most mainstream icons without succumbing to those temptations. He ALMOST escaped the 1980's without giving in, something that every single star from the 60's and 70's reluctantly fell for.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

I remember when I was about eight years old; my dad brought home the record In the Dark. It didn't take long before I was acting out entire basketball games in my basement while singing along to "West LA Fadeaway." Not long after that I realized that he had been playing Europe '72 and Reckoning since the I popped out of the womb. Around that time, the same thing happened to me with "Back in the Highlife" by Steve Winwood and his Traffic records.

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

Well, certainly the most obvious thing is that through the Grateful Dead, Jerry created an entire sub-culture that is still running strong. Maybe always will in some shape or form. His music became the hymn for the congregation of a modern day nomadic society for which the slang is... oh I can't remember... starts with an H.

However, I don't think that his cult leadership is the most important of his creations. His contribution to the music world is what I like to remember. Jerry's ability to channel a sort of divine musical breeze through his guitar solos are not equaled on the guitar by anyone, especially at the time. He may have been the first guitarist to completely let go of his ego. His band followed in suit. Some people called it psychedelic, but the Dead really were the first rock band to hone the idea of group improvisation.

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