THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

DAVID LEMIEUX


David Lemieux
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?

Just watching Jerry and listening to him for so many years, he taught me to never take things too seriously. To expect the unexpected. To embrace the unexpected. And to never trust a prankster.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

Never having met him, my best memories were things I recall from seeing him live. What comes to mind immediately are the times when everything would go wrong, technically, onstage. As soon as Jerry's equipment got fixed or his guitar got re-strung, he rarely eased his way back into a jam or a song; he threw himself into it with a flurry of notes or power chords, as if to say, Hey, I'm back

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

Aside from the obvious, he sure had a lot of quiet integrity. There are those who open their mouths and spew about anything that is on their mind, but they often lack credibility and come off as being full of hot air. Jerry didn't seem to feel a need to pontificate to everyone about everything. When he did, though, it usually really mattered and came from his heart, and people listened.

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