Three songs into the show, the house lights still on, the time had come for “Dire Wolf,” but with a perverse twist no one had anticipated.Twenty-five years had passed since the Dead had recorded that song at Pacific High studio.But Hunter's words — heard in "Uncle John's Band," "Ripple," "Eyes of the World," "Dire Wolf," "Standing on the Moon," "Touch of Grey," "Dark Star," "Box of Rain," and so many other milestones in the Dead's catalog — were the band's poetic, story-telling soul, often matching the untamed, exploratory nature of the Dead themselves.
As a clinical psychiatrist and an academic writer who’s explored The Grateful Dead on multiple levels, I can tell you from the things that folks have shared with me that I’m not the only one who finds their songs to be tremendously insightful.
But as a second-generation Grateful Yid with scores of concerts under my belt, I can also say that The Grateful Dead’s music reached me on a spiritual level.
Their music changed the face of a generation and they inspired an entire genre of psychedelic musicians to follow.
One might wonder how the former house band for Ken Kesey’s Electric Kool Aid Acid Tests generated such a dedicated following, but the answer is quite simple: their music was inspirational and it spoke to the soul.
I’ve already expressed my argument for why in two posts: one on how critical it is to find the right life partner and how seriously we should take that quest, and another on why going to bars is a terrible life experience.