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Episode Info: 33 and ⅓ is a monthly music column by Ryan Lynch, exploring the records that keep him inspired in a cynical worldYou can find episodes on frondsradio.com and be sure to subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, my twitter handle is @stoopkidliveson and I’d love to hear from you. You can find Ryan’s band, Premium Heart, on facebook, twitter, instagram, spotify, bandcamp, or most places you stream music for music, upcoming releases, and shows. This column was written on July 14th, 2020. Learn to leap, leap from ledges high and wildLearn to speak, speak with wisdom like a childDirectly to the heartCrown yourself the king of clowns or stand way back apartBut never give your love, my friendUnto a foolish heart We’ve been staying home for over a hundred days. How about that? And guess what? Everything’s still terrible! But hopefully, everyone’s developed some habits that help keep them going. For me, I’ve been playing a lot of Breath Of The Wild, the Zelda game, and really just losing myself in a lot of different music. Ok, I get it, I listen to mostly old music. Fine. For the first couple months of quarantine, I spent a lot of time with the Grateful Dead. I’ve been a Deadhead for years and spent much of my adolescence with them, both as a fan and as part of the extended Dead crew family. They’ve always been a safe place for me to just sink into and turn off all the bad in the world, and hoo boy, did I need it more than ever this time around. I dove deep into every nook and cranny of their catalog this time, from the nasty, explosive psychadelica of ’68 through the jazzy, exploratory 70s, but ended up landing time and time again in the Spring ’90 tour. I’ve always gravitated towards this era of the band, with no small part of the credit going to their keyboardist from 1979-1990, Brent Mydland. Often with lyricist John Perry Barlow, Brent added a level of deep pathos and personal songwriting that’s a real high point for me in the Dead’s massive catalog. From an unreleased demo from Built To Last: When the police come, you better let ’em in, Gentleman, start your enginesDon’t forget to tell ’em what a sport I’ve been, Gentleman, start your enginesI got a head full of vintage TNT, They’re gonna blow me up ‘stead of burying meIf you don’t like trouble, better leave me beGentleman, start your enginesLike the Devil’s Mustangs, I’ve been riding hell for leatherPut away angry, angry in the darkLet me tell you, honey,There’s some mighty stormy weatherRolling ’round the caverns of my heart As an aside, because the Dead’s pretty much exclusively a live band, I’m using the last studio Dead album released in 1989, Built To Last, as an outline. All of the songs here are from the Spring ’90 tour, but are still tracks from that album. The Brent-era is often maligned by Deadheads. He was the new guy, comi...
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