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Goin' Where Those Chilly Winds Don't Blow


Friday, April 22, 2011



Oh what a difference a day makes. The clouds have parted, and the sun is back out.

It constantly amazes me what a powerful factor music is in my life. Without it, I'm quite sure I might just die. It's like an infusion directly into my bloodstream when I listen to it. I can literally see my energy level filling back up (like a cartoon), from the bottom of my toes all the way to my eyebrows. For this I am grateful.

I am just about to burst with excitement this morning. One of my good friends out in Chicago has suggested we go out to Shoreline for some Furthur shows. I of course hopped right on that bus when it drove by. More Furthur shows? Yes! I haven't felt this way about the band since Jerry died. I have done all the renditions of the band....The Other Ones, The Dead....all the special guests, and 'faux Jerrys' but it always seemed like the fire was burning low. That is where DSO comes in. When I discovered DSO, it was magical. I couldn't believe that a band like this really existed. Are they playing BETTER than the Dead? What the heck are they doing up there? I was instantly captivated by John Kadlecik and how his playing and singing resonated Jerry. What is going on here? Is this really happening?

I will never forget the day that I heard John was leaving DSO. My heart cracked. My world stopped. Then I heard why he was leaving. Oh my. Really? He's playing with WHO? I didn't have much time to spend wallowing in my DSO heartbreak, because I had to find out what was going on. So I went to a Furthur show. And another. And another. I ended up seeing 7 Furthur shows in 2010. Without a doubt, in my humble opinion, this is the best that they have played since Jerry's body left Earth. John brings something to the band it hasn't had, which is that Jerry sound, and that Jerry vibe. Afterall, he has honed his Jerry craft for 12 some odd years with DSO, he is the obvious choice for the new faux Jerry isn't he? I know that some don't agree with this, and that is just fine too, to each his/her own. I however SERIOUSLY get off to this rendition of the band. It's hard to explain, but it just works. So for those of you who know what I am talking about, well, the rest doesn't need to be said!

What does this have to do with eating? Well, nothing (ha!). Except it's all part of the bigger scheme of my emotions and such that I was talking about yesterday. If I don't tend my soul garden, well, I tend to eat. And a lot can happen in one day with a garden as you can tell, depending on the weather.

I'm off to plant Shoreline Furthur flowers now. Furthur on down the road I say! Let the planning begin!!

Much Love,
~Susan
P.S. Love Your Mother Earth Day!!!
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SCOTTK3000 4/29/2011 9:06PM

    All right! Shoreline Bound! That's Great!
I've also been along for the ride for all the various evolutions of the band and I am loving furthur too!

Believe it or not I have yet to see DSO and I've had lots of opportunity.
I have however seen Rob B. and Jeff M a few times back in the early '80's before they were the zen tricksters, when they were "The Volunteers" on long Island when I was in school there.
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SHERYLP461 4/22/2011 11:21PM

    I have always found that music feeds my heart and soul.

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KALIGIRL 4/22/2011 12:51PM

    Here's to "Furthur on down the road"!

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