24 hour party people
Tue, 25 Mar 2003 08:47:30 -0800
>[...] Garcia may have been a great guitar player , but listening to his music hides that fact. [..]
I'm a big fan of Jerry Garcias work, but think the Grateful Dead are,
well, rather mediocre over all. The most salient aspects of their work
is in the reinterpretation of music older than they are, and Robert
Hunters lyrics (which will live longer than the Deads bootlegs). I'n my
oppinion, Garcias greatest legacy to the musical world was the revival
of acoustic music with the likes of Grisman, playing in groups like Old
and in the Way. The Grisman release of Shady Grove after Garcias death
is a testament to what music should be about, IMHO. Sure, Garcia was the
lead guitar player for the Dead, and a pretty good one at that, but his
real strength as a musician was on the banjo, where he played in the
stratosphere with Bela Fleck and other truely gifted individuals. . .
Odd, two FoRKings of my eclectic musical tastes in one morning. Funny that.