Posted On: Saturday - October 17th 2020 4:31PM MST
In Topics:   Music  The Dead
It's Joe Biden's ridiculous lie about something his father supposedly said that got this song in my head. OK, The Dead and the Dead Head fans were very tolerant of "free love", other ways of living, and weirdos in general. They'd better have been!
The cultural upheaval in America, called the "Awakening" of the 2nd period in this era in the book that I'll eventually get around to reviewing, Generations, by Strauss & Howe, was in full swing at the time the Grateful Dead established themselves under that name in 1965 and they enjoyed ever minute of it. Even with all that craziness, things just somehow weren't near as stupid as they are today, though. Yeah, that crowd would have tried to get along with a woman who used to be a man, tried not to make fun, and so forth. Maybe a Dead Head Dad WOULD have said to his hippie-child what Joe Biden's Dad is alleged to have said. Did they go around telling the rest of us we must think their way and use their terminology for the weirdness though? Nah, I think they were glad when society left them alone in their counter-culture, is all, except... like, send money, please.
Well, I am just embarrassed as all get out that I have not heard this song ever in its fast version. I believe I know this song off of one of the Dick's Picks CD's that I have (6 or so, of the many). It's the opposite from my original listening to Friend of the Devil in it's fast, bluegrass version, and then later in the much slower version. The slower versions of both of these songs lend themselves to longer and more detailed guitar solos by Jerry.
I really like this fast version of They Love Each Other. It's from a show in Palo Alto, California in February of 1973.
It's so quick that the intro sounds like China Cat Sunflower. Damn, but I like this version. I wish it would have gone on for twice as long!