Lightning in a Box (unkljohn) Fri 13 May 05 15:14
Paul Keniston (cross-road) Tue 17 May 05 06:10
When it's right...it's Right. It sounds like a very inspired wedding ceremony and a grate way to begin a marriage! did you play any other Dead songs ?
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Tue 17 May 05 10:37
And which Terrapin was selected?
neil (nlg) Tue 17 May 05 13:57
They wanted to go with the standard studio version off the album in order to keep the length down from some of the more incredible jammed out versions. Some other dead and dead-related stuff played at the wedding: They Love Each Other (JGB); Not Fade Away (GD); Hypnotized (Kingfish with Bobby Weir); Jump for Joy (Kingfish with Bobby Weir); Lousiana Lady (NRPS); Turn on Your Lovelight (GD); Shady Grove (Jerry and Grisman). And lots of stuff I'm sure I'm forgetting because the playlists are on my home computer. It was not a hippie jamfest, so we had to please the older folks, and those in the younger crowd not into the Dead. So this stuff was mixed up thoroughly with a lot of other stuff as well, from Elvis to electronica.
Robin Russell (rrussell8) Wed 18 May 05 08:14
Late one night in Jakarta I played the studio Terrapin at volume on my big JBLs for a neophyte. His jaw just about hit the floor. Maybe it is better unadorned by strings but the studio cut still does the job.
neil (nlg) Wed 18 May 05 09:41
I think the strings added just the right touch in the context of a wedding.
from JEFF WAGNER (tnf) Sun 6 Nov 05 12:17
Jeff Wagner writes: I have always interpreted terrapin as achieving a point in life of having a hard outer shell. A place of self sufficiency and imperviousness to whatever life can throw at you. Does it involve love... you bet! With love all is possible! Jeff
Tim Lynch (masonskids) Sun 26 Feb 06 03:46
If anyone is interested, here is an mp3 of Robert Hunter's Terrapin Station from his long out of print lp Jack O' Roses http://rapidshare.de/files/14167430/Robert_Hunter_-_Terrapin_Station.mp3.html click the free button, type in the 3 digit code and download to your harddrive.
David Gans (tnf) Sun 26 Feb 06 09:53
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Sun 26 Feb 06 10:31
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Mon 21 Aug 06 07:09
Thought I'd slip this in about "Statements just seem vain at last." "A ritual [of the ancient Aryan peoples, predessors of Indian religion] often ended with the brahmodya competition to find a verbal formula that expressed the mystery of the brahman. The challenger asked a difficult and enigmatic question, and his opponent answered in an equally elusive manner. The match continued until one of the contestants was unable to respond: reduced to silence, he was forced to withdraw. The transcendence of the brahman was sensed in the mysterious clash of unanswerable questions that led to a stunning realization of the impotence of speech. For a few sacred moments, the competitors felt one with the mysterious force that held the whole of life together, and the winner could say that he was the brahman" (The Great Transformation, by Karen Armstrong; 2006, page 24).
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Wed 23 Aug 06 07:00
Beautiful. I think that same sort of trip shows up in Captain Marvel, circa 1975. No kidding. It was the same period when Dr. Strange did his "Through the Looking Glass" adventure. Somebody has been cribbing your notes, or mine ;-) This sort of stuff seems to pop up in the strangest of places, now and again and again.
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Thu 24 Aug 06 06:31
You must speak on of this Capt. Marvel and Cr. Strange please.
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Thu 24 Aug 06 06:47
Oh, these were characters re-invented at the height of the Marvel psychedelic era. I think both started with Stan Lee, but then a bunch of crazies, including an artist and writer named Steve Englebart (?) got his hands on them, and what had been 2D exploded into amazing spaces. During the years around 1973-1976, the Marvel Comix universe got seriously weird and quite literary. It tapped into new possibilities in graphic story-telling, as well as the most ancient history of story-telling. Dr. Strange was a Magi of the esoteric arts. Captain America dropped acid and split into two, each with his own alter-ego, and that was just the beginning. In a universe next door, Warlock gave up the ghost and lost his corporeal being and thus saw the Light and the Dark. The entire trip seemed to me at the time about the primacy of images vs the distraction,at best the necessity, of words. Of course, I was in college and often a tad disposed to see things that may or may not have been there ;-) Go to your local comix store and seek out these works. Spend a nice afternoon with that wise-guy who tells stories. A good, goopy Terrapin would make a nice sound-track, perhaps, but I'd go for something more meditative, given the solemn nature of the text swirled in a vortex of images that speak volumes to young and old alike. I think they cost 35 cents back in the day. A real bargain.
David Dodd (ddodd) Fri 25 Aug 06 16:06
Some day someone is going to do some serious work on the comic-book connections in Hunter's lyrics. But it can't be me--I never followed the comics!
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Fri 25 Aug 06 16:22
Oh, yeah. Maybe <almanac> can remind us of the artist that was illustrating Hunter lyrics for The Alamnac. There's also a cool connection to the first revival of "The Twilight Zone". I thin Hunter did a script or two. One that I remember was called "Nightcrawlers"; real good creepy stuff a'la EC Comics, more than Serling's stuff.
Gary Burnett (jera) Sat 26 Aug 06 05:10
Dr. Strange was actually pretty damn wierd much earlier than 1973/74, which is one of the reasons Country Joe name-checks him in the anti-Lyndon-Johnson song "Super Bird." Which song also includes a line that is, unfortunately, just as apropos now as it was then, if not more so: "Gonna send you back to Texas, make you work on your ranch."
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Sat 26 Aug 06 06:59
I guess i've got some comic reading to do
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Sat 26 Aug 06 07:54
Get to work ;-)
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Sun 27 Aug 06 20:19
can you burn em on a CD or something :). Speaking of which, I need some new old shows. And I've got CDs to send to somebody.
Paul B. Israel (pauli) Mon 28 Aug 06 19:01
Bryan, I can burn you some shows. Any in particular that you are looking for?
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Tue 29 Aug 06 04:16
I really enjoy '73 and '74 shows. What I have now consists of all the Dick's Picks. You can email me with the shows (or some of the shows) you might have of that era: email@example.com. That would be cool.
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Tue 29 Aug 06 04:25
I also have had more success with sbd shows. It seems the timing and general quality have been real good.
Paul B. Israel (pauli) Tue 29 Aug 06 10:22
I'll send ya a list - I've got a fair number of 73-74 shows
Bryan Miller (bamfinney) Tue 29 Aug 06 21:30
Awesome! That seems like such a simpler time musically. I can hear all the instruments. Not like some of the 90s shows where there are almost too many sounds to separate things out. (of course taht's just my opinion. Sometimes I am in the mood for all that.) I look forward to the list. Thanks.
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