THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

REED MATHIS :: JACOB FRED JAZZ ODYSSEY


Reed Mathis by Jeremy Scott
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 influenced the course of modern music on so many fronts... as a songwriter, as the catalyst and organizer of one of the most legendary ensembles in music history, as a virtuoso instrumentalist, and as a spiritual icon and father figure to millions. He constantly grew and reinvented himself and his bag of tricks throughout his life, and the music he left for us is as varied, original, and innovative as the masters of the jazz and classical world. Personally speaking, I'd say the thing that touches me the most is the naked beauty and honesty in his guitar playing... the sensitivity of it, the revelations in it, the whole vibe of it just slays me. And also, all those songs Amazing songs. Crazy Fingers, Stella Blue, Eyes of the World - these are some of my favorite songs ever written.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

I never saw Jerry in person. The Dead didn't really come to Oklahoma much, but when I was just getting to be old enough to hang out with some older players and sit in at some local clubs, many of the cats who befriended me were teaching me Dead tunes so I could sit in on their gigs. I'll never forget hearing those melodies and badass chord changes and lyrics coming out of us, and the elation of the audience when they figured out what song it was. So I maybe got to feel 0.0000001% of the real magic of the Dead experience there, and it touched me.

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

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