On his web site, Keith Richards is offering a nice t shirt. Phish has a full Japanese concert from 1999 available via download and CD. Naturally, all the profits from each of these products will go to Japan. Is there anything Furthur or the Dead can do in this vein? I realize both Phish and the Stones have spent a lot more time in that country but this is truly a crisis of global proportions.
Hunter Thompson once said something to the effect that If every Deadhead who lived in Florida had voted, Al Gore would have been elected president. We certainly were an important factor in Obama's victory; Penn State proved that. I think we can have a tangible impact here with the proper motivation.
I'm not some starry eyed dreamer who thinks musicians can solve the world's problems. Music solves most of the problems in my head and I'm grateful enough for that. But this seems to me a prime opportunity to put some love in a dream so that it might come true.
And if anybody reads this and has an idea how that might be accomplished I, for one, would love to hear it.
"Got any flies?"