Saturday, September 19, 2009

I Need a Miracle (Every Day)

Dear Jerry,

It hurts me to write this letter, but to get to the point, I am going to have to leave you for Bob Weir. To be honest, it was "Samson and Delilah" that did it for me. However, he really had me at "Sugar Magnolia."

Don't get me wrong, Jerry, I still love you for "Franklin's Tower," "Friend of the Devil," and "U.S. Blues." It's just that those aren't my top songs at the moment. I apologize for being so fickle.

Really Jerry, it's not you, it's me. I love your sound, but sometimes it's just too mellow for me. I can't help myself, but I really love the screaming rhythm of music like "One More Saturday Night."

I really do dig your lead guitar skills, and I like you better in a full beard and mustache. In my opinion, Bobby should go back to the long sideburns, long ponytail, and hair in the face look he had going on in '72; but you Jerry--you rocked that bushy beard look.

In closing, I'll "say my piece and get out." We've had some good times together Jerry Garcia, but for the time being, I think I'm going to have to listen to another lead singer. I hope you'll understand.

Your fan,
Sunshine Jones

P.S. Please don't take it personally, Jerry. I'm sure I'll come around and favor your songs again sometime. After all, you were my first favorite Grateful Dead lead.


Robin said...

Fun post Sunshine. I'd still have to go with St. Stephen and Uncle John's Band as the ones that really bring it all home for me though. One More Saturday Night is fun, but doesn't pack the same punch.

How's the new teaching gig going? You starting to feel more settled in yet?

"Sunshine" said...

Hey Robin--I always appreciate your feedback. I just can't seem to get over that 1972 "One More Saturday Night." I can't place "St. Stephen," to be honest with you. I'll have to find it and check it out. I may have heard it but just didn't know the title--that happens to me a lot. Also... I listened to "Old and in the Way" and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Teaching is going well, but at the moment, I feel that I can never quite catch up. I have been grading papers at various stages of drafting for about a week and a half. And I mean every day, weekends included. Granted, I've had other odds and ends of things to do, but just as soon as I complete one set, another comes in. I am sort of figuring out a routine, but then, in a couple of weeks I'll start teaching my 5th class, which is a more intensive version of the other four I'm teaching right now. Of course, this means I'll have to revamp my routine.

BJ Roan said...

I really enjoyed reading your post. Poor Jerry. ;(