THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

JOE CRAVEN :: DAVID GRISMAN QUINTET


Joe Craven
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?

My perception of Jerry Garcia's recorded music and his approach to making art, in general, has reinforced my own sense of the importance of always striving to be investigative, exploratory, and intuitive in my own music and visual art. His musical voice, broad-based and imprecise, speaks of endless possibility... a hallmark of rich aesthetic language.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

A recording session at the home of David Grisman in the winter of 1989 in which, in the middle of a take, Jerry stops playing, lights up a cigarette, and launches into a dissertation on foreign film directors with almost professorial confidence and delivery.

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

A persona that, like his guitar language, speaks of mystery, enigma, and therefore, a reminder of the lenses through which possibility, interpretation, and experience in life exist.

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