Monday, December 15, 2008

Grateful !


If you have explored at any length the older posts on this exponentially expanding blog, you may have noticed a certain affinity declared by the author for the music of the Grateful Dead. My tastes in music are wide and varied, but there is no getting around the fact that the Dead put on shows unlike any other band ever, and created a community which attracted people from all walks of life... a "karass" to use the term Vonnegut coined in his wonderful book "Cat's Cradle". Many humans still feel the need to belong to a tribe, the tribe that followed the Grateful Dead were a large and colorful lot, usually non-conformist by choice. Much of the artwork associated with the Dead naturally contained skeletal references, so it should be no surprise that from time to time I photograph death's head images, like this one with a toothless grin, wherever I may find them.

1 comment:

Karin (an alien parisienne) said...

**Love** all the posts about the GD, Owen!

I never did get to see them live, but most of my best friends from high school and college did. :) I did, however, graduate from high school at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado, and saw many a great concert there. Just not the Dead. *sigh*

What you posted here is so very true: "...the Dead put on shows unlike any other band ever, and created a community which attracted people from all walks of life... a "karass" to use the term Vonnegut coined in his wonderful book "Cat's Cradle"."

I just re-read "Cat's Cradle" this past Christmas after getting another copy of it for Christmas, and what you wrote made me grin. In fact, I feel I am here in Paris as a member of my karass needed me to be here. I needed to remember this today as it is not always easy to have left one's previous existence for a new one, even if some of those in that existence were only granfalloons. :) I was having the kind of day where I needed to remember there is a difference between the two and why I am really here.

Whenever I am in a bit of a funk, the GD always comes through to me to put me in a better headspace. Today is no exception, thanks to your blog! :)

Be well!