Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

The Old Man

I finally figured out Garcia’s guitar tone: it’s happy. You know how you can tell the person on the other end of the phone is smiling, just by how their voice tightens up and brightens up? That’s what I hear in all these shows they left us: Garcia’s guitar is smiling.

He would have made such a good old man, too. Still gigging, sitting on the little stool he’s been using since the diabetes took his foot in 1997.  Playing with Merl on a Tuesday night. Merl’s stone-blind but won’t admit it, so Garcia keeps fucking with him by moving stuff around real quiet-like. Fun old-guy shit. He would have enjoyed being an old man.

Didn’t happen that way.


  1. so so so so so true. thank you, but damn you, because now i am tearsy.

  2. omg this is so cute aw

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