Happy Birthday, Jerry Garcia! A Little "Jerry Trip" for the Heads

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Most people who love Jerry Garcia never had the good fortune of meeting him -- in the conventional sense. ​Many of us did not even have the good fortune of seeing Jerry Garcia in person. However, we've all come to know and love him in our own ways through our engagement with "Jerry" in the various forms in which he has manifested, and continues to manifest, in this world.

He was mystical, larger-than-life, yet painfully human -- especially at the end. With humor, heart, and brilliance, he embodied the expanding consciousness of the hippies as well as the struggle of one man, as an artist and public figure.

Through his words and music, he gave form to that which is so elusive and intangible. With breathtaking grace, he ventured deep into mystery, and he took countless souls with him. When we listen to Jerry now, it is comforting because we know that he has been there, danced there. And it is expansive because he takes us there still. We dance with him still. And we cry with him as he so eloquently touches the truth of our embodied suffering. Jerry gave voice to the great beyond, as well as our blood and guts, and we are ultimately grateful for that gift.

Here on what would have been his 69th birthday, we'd like to offer those of us who are still truckin' the opportunity to hang with Jerry in the form of this tribute blog. Here you'll find some quick flashes and some deeper trips into Jerry-town. All nuggets within are certified heady. May they sweeten your unfolding day.

"Shall we go, you and I, while we can?" Let's...


Young Garcia: "We're thinkin' about a peaceful planet..."


"Ultimately, what would like to happen is... music would be seen as what it really is."


"If [ideas] are flowing, they are flowing, and there is no struggle."


"Eyes of the World," 1974


...and the Dead did live long. Here's Garcia talking about it as the end drew nearer.


Now, close your eyes...


"Nothing left to do but..."




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The fact he is still loved and missed by his fans more than 15 years after his unfortunate passing is the greatest testament you could pay. The Grateful Dead were as unique as they come and that cast memories true time RIP Jerry we lost a true friend many of us never met.

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

Jerry’s musiclives on with his world-embracing love and energy.  I drew a psychedelic portrait of him to honorhis legacy on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...Feel free to drop in and tell me about how the Deadhead movement affecting yourlife and appreciation of music.

Charlie
Charlie

I watched the Eyes of the World video on this blog and remembered seeing the Dead in a wooden auditorium and someone drove a Harley on stage and lit fireballs from some fuel source after it. There was nothing like a Dead concert.  Happy Birthday, Jerry.  Thanks for the memories. 

Jallawos
Jallawos

wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world.....

Christybyard
Christybyard

Hippy Birthday Jerry! Heres to a true icon,u are dearly missed!

Nebulacs
Nebulacs

Happy Birthday Jerry, ain't a day goes by that I don't listen to one song or another from the Grateful Dead, (The music will never stop)!!!!

edgar godinez
edgar godinez

wkae up to find out that you are the eyes of the world jerry rest peacefully

Brig
Brig

 If the thunder don't get you than the lightning will.  Try a little bit harder every day, folks.  Peace.

art4you
art4you

Happy Birthday to Jerry Garcia. Brian Olsen Art In Action has a really great painting of him in his repertior. Check it out on his Facebook feed or on his web-site: www.brianolsenart.com 

Mf2385
Mf2385

Jerry helps the world smile from the inside........rest peacefully, Jerry. Thank you for what you gave us then and, what you continue to give, years later.

Corn
Corn

Jerry gave the best he had to give, ..... how much we'll never know ...... never know....

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