Well it is a beautiful Tuesday here in the NY metropolitan area. It's mid-August yet the air is relatively cool and comfortable. It makes for a beautiful evening of Deadstein. On the way into the city traveling east was a beautiful billowing cumulus cloud floating effortlessly over the eastern landscape.
This is now about the 3rd week of Deadstein blogging in the modern style and it looks like we may be developing a foundation as this system unfolds before our very eyes. We have had Alan from August West check in and now Dean Loomis of Grateful Dead video taping days making his presence known. So welcome one and all and good to hear from you.
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It's 5:25 August 12, 2008, the night of the jam and I am sitting in my living room listening to Dennis, the Piano Tuner, methodically tune my new piano. I am psyched, but it seems as if this will never end. I like to leave by 6:30 but he's only up to middle C and now the keys have 3 strings per key to tune.
It's pretty cool in that he has a cool tuner built into his PDA that strobes out the whole thing as he tunes and even over adjusts the tuning of the earlier strings to compensate for the stretching and increased pressures that will occur as it gets tuned. In any case, I may be a few minutes late waiting for the piano to get tuned. Can't wait to play some Grateful Dead though.
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I have just begun adding individual pages for each member and it allows me to assign you as an author of the page, so when you are logged in you should be able to go to your dash board and edit the Page with your name. This was you could add commentary, pictures, links to mp3s and/or YouTube videos. So go ahead and edit you own pages. I see Kevin has not signed up yet to so of course he will have to first sign up prior to being able to edit his own page. If any one needs help please let me know.
Oh well, the piano tuner just broke a string at 5:58, he's replacing it but it seems like this is a 25 minute tangent. At least Kathy is home and I can leave her with the piano tuner.
And now, back to the freakiness.
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Well here at half time of Deadstein, Kevin's on the phone, Scott's getting sweets, even Rich hit up the vending machine and I'm posting for the first time ever halftime at Deadstein. We had a a really hot and solid first set with Jason on lead guitar. We opened with the Cold Rain and closed with the Music and lots of stuff in between. There were lots of great moments, very tight tonight we are playing within ourselves, despite ourselves. Like some of us are playing for our lives. What else is there to play for?
Before the jam, Chris the manager and his buddy came in for a "hello" to see that everything is OK. We have the Silver-face twins and not the reissues, but what are you gonna do. Jason doesn't have any effects so he's limiting us in the song selection. As far as I know, the Piano tuner is still at my house. Well it's back to the second set.
I made it home right at 1:00 and the Piano tuner just left. Actually he left at 8:14. That means he was at my house for 4 hours for $95 delivered. I think I got him at buy.com. Dennis Long is the guy if anyone wants to use his services. I gave him a $25 tip considering this $95 I paid comes with a free tune up over the next several weeks.
Scott Bayer showed up for the second set and really seemed to be digging us. He also broadcast us lived from Hell's Kitchen to his friend Carol over the cellular network.
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It turned out to be a pretty tight night. Jason broke a string symbolically during the first Garband song of the night, Get Out of My Life Woman. We started the second set with an Easy Wind and it was really good and we ended with the Lovelight which was Okay. Lots of Good stuff in there including a Dark Star -> Uncle John --> Dark Star --> I Need a Miracle. There was also a moving Cumberland and a very spirited Tangled Up in Blue. While singing the I need a Miracle I remember looking down on the ground and seeing a person in the Jason's guitar cord on the ground. I decided to take a picture of it so you can see for yourself if I am crazy or not.
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- Kevin dialing in the sounds 8-12-2008
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