The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Public Performance #12


Jerry Garcia, grateful for a six-string and a solo.

5 comments :

Timmy said...

This guitar (Tiger Rose) was crafted for him exclusivley & Jer willed it gratefully back to the builder, after his death. The builder then auctioned it off on ebay. I don't know who ever won the bidding, but I assume someone from "The Family".
Jerry was one amazing artist & a dedicated performer.

Fred said...

I think Tiger Rose had more built-in electronics than a Saturn V capsule!

H. P. L. said...

And they say metal guitarists have the nerdiest guitars...

michaelE said...

“Tiger”, built by Doug Irwin, sold for $957,500 to Jim Irsay, the owner of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

Geoff said...

a million dollar guitar...

guy probably doesn't even know how to play