David Gans (tnf) Wed 27 Aug 03 13:35
Tell us about yourself.
David Dodd (ddodd) Wed 1 Oct 03 11:03
Hi, I'll kick it off. I'm David Dodd, a co-host of this conference, and I'm a librarian who enjoys literature and music. I work at the Marin County Free Library in San Rafael, at the amazing Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin County Civic Center. I maintain the Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics web site (online since 1995), and have co-authored two books about the band. My education is in German Literature, and I have a master's in Librarianship. I have a wife, Diana Spaulding (with whom I co-authored the Grateful Dead Reader), and two great kids, ages 6 and 3. I play piano and banjo, and most of my spare time these days goes towards developing a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Petaluma, California, where I live. The lyrics of the Dead are my touchstone--I can almost always dip into that well for a new take on whatever situation I may be in. These lyrics have helped me through the deaths of close friends and family, through travels, loves, career, and creativity or lack thereof. I see the lyrics as a wellspring and as a vessel into which I can pour my own meaning, or into which new meanings are constantly poured for me. So I love hearing other peoples' takes on the words, and look forward to this conference being a good place for a long conversation on the topic! Furthur.
enjoying the new McCarthyism? (sd) Thu 2 Oct 03 11:22
hi, i'm alan to me dead lyrics are like liturgy. you hear them over and over but, often, something jumps out at you that you've never noticed before. ...and when that happens, the text seems to be meaningful, somehow.
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Thu 2 Oct 03 15:31
WeLL... I'm horrible at this sort of stuff, as I might not know exactly who I am one day after another, and I tend to stammer over intros... but here I go. My buddy and kindly tormentor, Mike, turned me on to the Grateful Dead (and much more) back in '74, but I was already hungry for the bait having heard "Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad" n' "I Know You Rider" from the infamous "Skull Fuck" album while passing by a soon-to-be friend's dorm room a month or so earlier. I knew that there was something interesting and different in that mix, but couldn't quite place it. Still can't. Keeps me wondering. Ain't that grand! Anyhow, 30 years have passed thus far, and I can't count how many shows, how many nights spent stayin' up past my bed-time spinning those LPs 'till they wore out and got replaced by CDs and more recently burns of live shows and much GD-related music... the Music Never Stops... The GD was my doorway into so many musical forms and bands, everything from classical music (Bach!) to Reggae, Punk, DIY Garage Music, and into poetry and Myth... thank you, RH! Today I'm a Tech Analyst (whatever the hell that means) with one foot in the world of things digital, and another into the applications of tech in Art and Commerce. My third foot is still well stuck in the great goop of Grateful Dead Music and Lyrics. It seems that this paisely puddle is without a bottom, and I'm just blowing bubbles, gulping for more of the Magick Breath of Inspiration. I guess that's it. Oh... Thank you, <ddodd> for all you've done to add to this compost of seething, mutating inspiration and information.
Marked from the Day That I was Born (ssol) Fri 3 Oct 03 15:18
Oh... and I forgot to mention Musique Concrete (sp?), Coltrane, Bird, Miles, English ballads from the 1700's... I could keep going, but I think the point is made.
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