I went looking for some information to support my perception that certain songs were routinely played at certain parts of Dead shows. We are all familiar with songs that are typical openers, typical set closers, and so on.
I asked the folks at Set Lists, who had compiled what they called “Average Set Lists” for particular Dead years, if they could rate each song for its average position in the set lists through all performances.
They came back in a flash with a spreadsheet that lists 450 songs that were performed at Dead shows, how many times each was performed, and what each songs average position was in the set sequence. It is quite interesting; there are 200 songs that were played less than 10 times. Conveniently, each song also identified the original artist, helpful for some obscure covers.
I am happy to share the file with anyone interested; and I’ll provide one sort that just has the 75 songs that were performed more than 200 times, Ranked in their average set position, they form quite a recognizable list of a Dead mega-show, as if a greatest hits 3 night run list were merged together but kept in the order played.
We think back over the year and remember the highlights…each and everyone of you as well as a host of others played a part…and I am very thankful it all happened.
As the touring, sharing, singing, dancing, hugs, laughter, music and smiles continue, I’ll hold close to my heart those memories you helped create four score and a few days ago.
Live strong, stay safe, and remember the songs…for the music is the quilt and the love knits it all together.
Thankful for daydreamers everywhere…peace and love to all!
Have to say, at #6, I was LMAO 🙂
Some life lessons can’t be taught, and can only be learned from experience. Luckily for us Deadheads, we have the Grateful Dead to show us the way. Check out our list of “21 Life Lessons the Grateful Dead Can Teach You,” and let us know what’s the most important life lesson you’ve learned from “a band beyond description.”
1. Be kind to others.
2. Be true to yourself and don’t worry about what other people think.
3. Take time to appreciate nature.
4. Enjoy the journey and embrace the unexpected.
5. Always remember to be grateful and appreciate what you have.
6. Be clear what your priorities are.
7. Life is good.
9. Have faith. Even when things don’t go your way.
10. Never underestimate the power of love.
11. You are not alone.
12. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
13. Believe in yourself.
14. Do your best and forget the rest.
15. Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own.
16. Have fun.
17. Don’t underestimate the power of music.
19. Be open minded.
20. Be honest with yourself and others.
21. There is a road, no simple highway. Between the dawn and the dark of night. And if you go no one may follow. That path is for your steps alone.
do you know the context in which he said, “Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”? I’ve done some minimal searching on it but can’t find the source. I’ve read others’ opinions that it refers to the voting process but would like to find the source interview. Thanks, and staaaay in touch.
Hey Daydreamers! How are things in your neck of the woods? Anybody got something fun to share?
Me? Not much but work these days. Summer fading too fast!
Stop by and say hello if you get a chance!
Miss you all!
Hey now SD fam – hope everyone’s well !!
Lana and I had an amazing 12 days at Sturgis. Blessed by no travel or rally issues and spectacular weather.
Too many boring pics to share but here’s a few snaps…
Love to all!!
ps – on a completely different and somber note, I lost my dad on Saturday – he was 93 and left us peacefully. I saw mom on her 92nd birthday yesterday and it’s doubtful she’ll be with us much longer also. I was hoping to make it through this summer of FTW and Sturgis and still have them both around. But it’s all good; they will always be together – as they have for 70 years of marriage.
Reposting for Rich…
Courtesy of Mona, a very moving document by Robert Hunter…..
Three observations about the infectious lilt that is the pace of Grateful Dead music (and that gives Deadheads their characteristic walk while listening to Jehovah’s favorite choir).
John Mayer said that the pace of Dead music made him notice how different it was from “everything ..processed and quantized and gridded out – to hear ‘Tennessee Jed’ played with that lope..”
And in Kreutzman’s recent interviews he stated that one of the main lessons he learned from Garcia about music was to play “a really full four beats. Don’t rush to the end of the bar”
Finally, learning that the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds have joined the Giants in planning Grateful Dead nights (thanks for the tip from Holly Hiker), makes me speculate that a steady, measured pace of things might make for more overlap between Dead fans and baseball fans than there is with football fans.
I’m runnin’, but I take my time.
Been thinking abut you all week! Hope you had a grate time.
Be safe out there!