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This Is Going To Be One of “Those” Posts

Steal Your FaceYou know those posts.  Of course you do – they’re the ones you know you probably shouldn’t write, fully aware that it’s probably going to offend or piss someone off, but you do it anyway.  Because you can’t help it.

I got a comment on my waffle recipe last night from A Free Man, an American gentleman living in Australia.  I followed the link over to his blog and read a really wonderful post about the day every week he spends solely in the company of his 20-month-old son (and from the “creepy pregnancy widget” in his sidebar, I gather that he and his wife are expecting a new addition to their family in about 3 months).

At the end of the post, though, he makes note that during college, he joined a fraternity full of Dead Heads and then observed that The Grateful Dead’s American Beauty album is the only one worth owning if you’re not a “stinky hippie.”

I read that and laughed until I choked.  I am SO telling Beloved he’s a stinky hippie tonight when he gets home.

No, telling him he’s a stinky hippie won’t piss him off.  If anything, he will happily agree with that assessment of his character.  You see, despite his clean-cut appearance, I married a Dead Head, and as such he is not overly fond of The Grateful Dead’s studio albums; he prefers their live stuff.  Considering as often as they toured and performed (and yes, he was one of those “Let’s take a week off and follow The Dead around and see every show!” types), there’s a LOT of live recordings.

And we own them all.   Each.  And.  Every.  One.

And they are on his iPod.

On “shuffle.”

Now, Beloved has an 80GB iPod and there is a great deal of other music on it, but more than half of it is The Grateful Dead, or a variation thereof.  While he may prefer their live recordings (as of this writing, I believe there are 36 “Dick’s Picks” – recordings of live performances – most of which are double discs; some are 3 or 4 discs), he has all of their studio recordings.  And all of Jerry Garcia’s solo stuff.  And all of Jerry Garcia’s collaborative stuff.  In fact, I think he has every recorded burp, gurgle, sniffle, moan and fart of Jerry Garcia’s.

My only problem issue with this is that on many of these recordings, since they are live, they’re performing the same songs.  And because his iPod is on “shuffle” we often listen to the same songs.  Over and over.

And over.

And over.

Have I mentioned I’m kind of lukewarm about The Grateful Dead?  Listening to 37 versions of Dire Wolf over a 5 hour period will do that to you…

Disclaimer: While most of the music on my iPod is collections of the “Greatest Hits” variety or single songs purchased off of iTunes (I don’t waste my time or money on music I don’t care to listen to), I do own every single album that Elton John recorded between 1970 and 1977.  So when you listen to my stuff on shuffle, there’s a lot of Elton John in it.  (But at least it’s all different songs.)

Another Disclaimer: You know I like to kid you about your Dead tunes, dear.  I still love you anyway.

Have a lovely weekend, y’all.


25 comments

Be says:

1) American Beauty was the best Studio album.
2) Workingman’s Dead was another good studio album.
3) Most of their studio albums are weak – I own very few. That’s because most of them sound like…well…er..Elton John!
4) NO TWO LIVE DEAD SONGS ARE THE SAME!
5) I SHOWER!

There are two kinds of people in the world: Dead Heads, and everyone else! ;)

Be says:

BTW…I don’t even own half the live recordings out there! Hint Hint!

Di says:

I was married to a Dead Head about a hundred years ago… but he could never get beyond the hallucinogenic (sp) years so I left him behind in the smoke and visions that were always dancing around his head. These years I believe his iPod is filled with ‘praise the lord’ music. Not sure which is more annoying. Just glad I am no longer there to be subjected to either type of music… GAH!

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Dis last blog post..So About That Purchase

Funny! I never would have pegged Beloved as a Dead Head!

I am such a goober…I couldnt name one single song. Yes, I’m a country music girl. And yes, I also have several Barry Manilow songs on my iPod. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll be at The Copacabana…where I Can’t Smile Without You…

Nothing Fancys last blog post..Where Is My Blog Roll?

Who are these dead heads of which you speak? And all this time I thought it was just an ice cream flavor?

@Fancy I don’t recall hearing any of these songs on country music radio. You?

Love ya, Be! *wink*

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Sorry, the only Dead Head reference I can relate to is Cherry Garcia. That’s made by a couple of Dead Head’s, right? So, there’s something..

Sprite’s Keepers last blog post..Spin Cycle: It’s A Date!

Linda says:

I dated a Dead Head “follow the band” guy in another life. He & Beloved prbly have the same collection of every. possible. version. of. every. song. He turned out ok though and he even showers! Me? I’m lukewarm on them too. Don’t own one single song:)

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Michele says:

JR goes for Tom Petty in a big way. If I have to listen to another Petty tune I’ll slit my wrists. Just kidding but I really think all his tunes sound the same. That is why I’ve dubbed him and his band; “Tom Petty and the Sound the Sames”. Makes JR cringe.

Micheles last blog post..Our First Date

The Dead are ok. But I could never get into following them around to every concert . . . . aren’t they still going around, in wheelchairs or something?

Elaine at Lipstickdas last blog post..The Boys of Summer

The wonderful thing about iPods is they come with earbuds so your family never has to listen to your music. (Hint, hint Beloved!) : )

Twenty Four At Hearts last blog post..Save Me From What? It’s a Contest!

I grew up in the land of Deadheads, a vast and scary place.
Then I married one and suddenly there were little tye dye bears everywhere…

Maureen at IslandRoars last blog post..Genes

DarlingDaughter says:

I can’t wait to come copy your play list :D

stoneskin says:

My first mp3 player only had built-in storage for about 20 songs. It was a chore and a half!

Linda T says:

I went to Dead concert once and it was the best concert ever. There were flower children everywhere. It was more fun to watch the audience than the band. The parking lot was full of vans and half of them were dealing drugs from them. (I won’t ell you how I know that)

This one was in Wisconsin. Be, were you there? It was 1981 I think….

Jane Gaston says:

If given a choice, I’d rather listen to your iPod, over and over and over.

Jane Gastons last blog post..Blogging Without a Formula

A Free Man says:

“Gentleman” is pushing it a bit…

Thanks for the shoutout. I’m frankly stunned that anyone has 40 GB of Grateful Dead! Doesn’t it get a bit same-ish after a while?

I’m actually a fan of their music, but not to the extent that a lot of people are!

A Free Mans last blog post..Would you hold it near as it were your own?

I’m with Fancy. Dead who?? I’m a country girl and don’t think any one artist is worthy of taking up that much space on my ipod. Call me fickle, but I have a new favorite each week. Keeps life interesting.

p.s. I believe that Kauai is where all old stinky hippies come to live/die. Really.

Midlife Slicess last blog post..Money In The Bank – Vacation

Tricia says:

When I was a teenager, I went through a wanna-be-a-deadhead period, but I never quite made it.

Why hasn’t BE taken up the idea of all things in moderation?

Pseudo says:

I have a feeling I would love everything on your I-pod Jan.

Pseudos last blog post..If You Had to Lump Them…

Jacki says:

You know, I actually miss listening to the dead, ALL DAY LONG!

Be says:

Jacki – you are the sweetest person! FUTURE DEADHEAD! I love you baby and can’t wait to see you next week!

Linda – YES I WAS THERE! Troy Wisconsin! Boy do I have a story about two about back to back trips up there. East Troy was a GREAT spot for Dead Heads – my all time favorite! And yes the parking lot is half the fun – reminds me of another time I saw my brother having too good of a time and had to bail him out of jail the next morning and were late to the next show in Charleston WV…. but those stories are for my blog someday – or the autobiography when I am famous!

For the majority of C&W fans out there all I can say is that your radio stations are leading you astray. I could never understand why C&W fans don’t know the Dead or at least some of their derivatives. Workingmans Dead SHOULD appeal to Country music listeners to say NOTHING about Jerry’s Bluegrass or the JGB (or the DAWG – who Jan can’t get enough of no matter what she says).

I guess all I can do is remind you of the first comment to this post (and BTW I was on Pacific Time when I beat you all to this one) is that there are only two types of people in this world – Dead Heads and the “Un-Dead”, and I feel sorry for the later.

Tricia – MODERATION? What for?

Love, peace and free sex to all!

Signed: “Stinky” Hippie

Beth says:

My first husband was a HUGE Grateful Dead fan. Need I say any more?

Seriously, I like them but I don’t love them. I do like the idea of having two drummers in a band though. Maybe I would like them more if I smoked something to help me chill out.

Beths last blog post..Can we all just pause for a moment of silence?

Jason says:

The Grateful Dead or any kind of similar music is simply not my cup of tea. But I respect those who enjoy this kind of thing. As long as they keep it behind their closed bedroom doors.

Jasons last blog post..My Mother’s Killer

Jason says:

By the way, I LOVED your comment over at 24 about the people trying to “save” her.

Jasons last blog post..My Mother’s Killer

I have no idea why, but I have NEVER been a Dead Head. I hardly knew who Jerry Garcia was until I heard he had died, and there was an ice cream named after him (Cherry Garcia). What’s wrong with me?

Fragrant Liars last blog post..Oh, Poop!

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