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Grateful fredhead
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Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59011 2 years, 11 months ago
It's a little bit of this a little bit of that mix in the bowl and it knocks you on your ass......hehehehehehe
guitargeorge
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Look at it right!

Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59013 2 years, 11 months ago
scar1et_f1re wrote:
I think it has to be a compound sentence, in my mind it needs something like.......(???)


More like a few books.

I don't think we can (or should) define this music. It is something you have to experience. But we can talk about it and learn about it. And most importantly, listen to the music. Books have been written and many more surely will be.

Regarding defining anything you have to shift to an intellectual/language mode, (versus a conscious experience mode), with it's limitatiions. I think too we are talking two related things...one is the music itself, and the other is the experience which often is positive enough that you want to talk to someone about it.

One of the reasons the music is so hard to define is that it is a new genre that includes jazz, bluegrass, country, blues, and later world music. You could say integral music. A lot of it could be considered straight up rock and roll, but it has its own sound. Then you add in extended ensemble improvization, creating in the moment live with an appreciative audience. It is always changing/devloping so it is like a continuing process, you can't nail it down.

It is a music that acknowledges the role of audience as an active participant in making not just the music, but the whole experience. Another factor in the experience equation is the various substances people use, that's a big one, and dancing.

It's a music that ranges from acapella harmonies to rocking, REALLY ROCKING.

So, without any definition or pigeon hole...I would describe the music as in a rock format, playing mostly original songs, but with some covers. It emphasizes live music over studio recordings. It emphasizes extended ensemble improvization. It features amazing songwriting by several musicians and, I believe, some of the best lyrics period.

Furthurmore, Grateful Dead music, over 30 years, went through a development and there are many different Grateful Dead "sounds." Furthur is playing the current Grateful Dead music and appears to be willing to go anywhere in the catalog.

So I don't think we can define it but we can name it, "Grateful Dead Music," and we can delve into as deep as we want to go.
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DancingBear
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Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59093 2 years, 11 months ago
To those who can hear it....its all things to all people.
Its music, simple and complex;
its creation
its inspiration
its imagination
its family
its friends,
its history
its a phenomena
its conscious
its subconscious
its spiritual,
its healing,
its flesh,
its a journey in your living room.
its an evolution in sound,
its a fun ride,
its a good time
its a reminder of what is truly important in this world
its memories,
its heaven on earth in a world gone crazy,
its the most complex weaving of sound, rhythms and antirhythms brought about by a group of just "guys" ever.
Its a log of "where you were when",
its exactly what it is and whatever you want it to be.
Can't talk to you without talkin' to me. Were guilty of the same ol' things.
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23atwell
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I love what I love and I want it that way

Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59145 2 years, 11 months ago
A life style, I'm also glad that everyone doesn't get it, it makes us unique
And I'm going to sit right here until I die
funky420
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If you stumble, make it part of the dance.

Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59182 2 years, 11 months ago
the Omnipoten Grateful Dead.

omnipotent=Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful
The voices tell me what to say
Brother Dust
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Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59205 2 years, 11 months ago
Life changing, when you get on the bus
JStraw
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Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59213 2 years, 11 months ago
I would call it - Modern Americana Pirate Music
Those who hear not the music. . . think the dancers mad.
neverstop66
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Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59217 2 years, 11 months ago
It can be a lot a bit of everything but when its exploratory chamber music is when im happiest.
lostsailor
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Re: Can anyone define the music of the Grateful Dead?

#59744 2 years, 11 months ago
ecstatic dionysian music.
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