In my music class I was assigned a 6-10 page essay on "anything having to do with music", so naturally I decided to write something related to the Grateful Dead. I need a narrower topic, though. Any suggestions?
Some ideas I had were talking about innovation in technology (Wall of Sound, MIDI,etc), or something about how versions of songs have changed over the years. Or possibly about how the Dead has evolved over its 30 years of existence, as well as post-dead groups.
Let me know your ideas! Thanks
Man, let me tell you...........I am jealous. This sounds like a lot of fun and makes me wish I was back in college.
Some great ideas in this thread and I really liked your idea a lot, meaning the concert experience. However, as we all know, that is the hardest thing to convey to a non-deadhead that has not actually been there and truly experienced. And by truly I think you all know what I am talking about (hehehehe). Like my wife who has gone to the Seattle Furthur shows with me in 2010 and last month didn't truly experience what a show is all about.
So.......could be a really tough thing to connect your readers to. You cant take them on a trip. Thats been tried in written fashion many times and it never really can convey the actual moment. I'll never forget reading about a trip in all of things Sciene Digest magazine from 1966. It was fascinating, all done under doc supervision and of course still legal. Yet, my experiences have never matched that one, ever. Too singular. Too unique.
Its kind of like all the different varieties of dancing. Just too different and individual based on the person, not a common experience.
If you do tackle the concert experience I would love to see what you come up with. Have fun bro!!
BTW - I really like the idea of how the Dead have "fused" so many different types of music together. Requires some music theory background or at least understanding IMHO to really make the connection. I wrote something similiar for my senior thesis in High School (why Jazz is truly American music)