The Ecstastic Soul of The Grateful Dead

And so we went to the July 4th Fare Thee Well concert. 20150704_163240The Grateful Dead, even without Jerry Garcia, played with heart and inspiration.20150704_193831The sound was almost as great as was the feeling of being back at a show, that feeling of ecstatic calm, where it seems there is nowhere else ever to be, just in the music, surrounded, like a child, soothed, where everything else turns off, except thinking about what they might play next. 20150704_235138It is a precious, precarious thing that, now gone, has left me melancholy, thinking that they have to do it again – just one more, man –  where they just yet might get into a Lazy Lightning-El Paso-Supplication jam.20150704_235443

 

Music for your Bacchanalia

A genuine bacchanalia needs the right music, music that evokes a sense of raw desire, truth in flesh, that kind of thing, not superficially bald renderings such as Madonna’s Like a Virgin or at your local electric zoo. maxresdefaultDance party music is often predictable, denying the subtlety of the bacchanalia, the potential for a slow build, heightening the tension, a move to the side, and then incrementally back toward inevitable release.

Some alternate bacchanalia soundtracks to consider:

4. Uah (Mouse on Mars)dance party

Stripped down, dream-like, this music moves between slumber and fever.

3. Supplication (Grateful Dead)

mud festivalJazz meets psychedelia, spiraling toward electric understanding..

2. Voodoo Chile (Jimi Hendrix)

voodooTowering worlds climb and collide, fade into the distance, resurrected, flying again, impossibly so.

1. Heavenly Music at Half Speed (Fripp & Eno)

heavenly musicThe feeling of a vibrating whole reduced to a devastating note washing over, continuing without end. Something like that.