[youtube=http://youtu.be/v3d9dNg0rnQ?hd=1] With everyone having busy schedules, these week would be an impossible to one have the entire band there.? We couldn't get all 6 of us together, even 5 was tough and Core-4 wasn't gonna happen.? Having a week without a Deadstein was not an option so what were we to do?? We did a Monday night jam as a Hardcore-3 with Lee.? There haven't ben too many times that jams have collapsed into a 3-man Freakshow with Kevin, me and a drummer.? but this week was such a week? Never-the-matter, Lee, Kevin and I were happy to give it a?try.? And try we did, and we didn't shy away from the big, opening up with a Terrapin.? Maybe the Terrapin was a bit much to tackle right off the bat, but it got us going and from the start we knew the jam would be far more normal than abnormal. Something abnormal for me was breaking a B-string during Run for the Roses.? It was one of the few string I have broken in my life while playing.? It is a very rare occurrence.? Too bad, because it was going well.? We attempted the Brokedown, at the request of Lindsey, but we had a lot of trouble getting into it.? The Birdsong achieved some fun to it as we explored our inner-abilities during it.? We started the second set with the help on the Way, and it was a valiant effort.? As we strayed into the non-Dead stuff it started well with the Let It Bleed but slowly eroded as we did some of the Who stuff.??In any case, we came running through the finish line a 12 o'clock midnight and got in a really good jam.? At the end of the night we were all spent fearing what a full week of work facing us after a Monday jam would bring.? I know I survived as I am writing this on Sunday morning waiting for this week's Wednesday night jam when we should have the whole band back together for the 3-ring Freakshow.
Amazingly enough, we had our Core-4 of guests including Lindsey, Steve and Meg Ryan and they hung for most of the night.? I think Lee gave Maggie and Ryan a ride home to NJ at the end.? Without Rich being there we didn't have an MP3 recorder but I did capture a few moments on my iPhone4S as a security camera on Lee. Nevertheless, you do get the flavor of the night.
In the world, we lost Doc Watson this week and his soothing soulful music will be missed. [youtube=http://youtu.be/IiGfNjRXNn0?t=57s]