Wednesday, December 12, 2012


At 12:12 (p.m.) today (12 .12 .12) you were stretching up and to the right in half moon position.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

TXR recap

The weekend was as clear and sunny as last weekend was torrential with rain and floods.  Meals: lunch on the water at Sausalito; lunch in Berkeley with Olivia and Dan at CafĂ© Gratitude (with dishes like: “I Am Extraordinary,” “I Am Humble,” etc., so that when you order a dish, you affirm yourself); lunch at the Panama Hotel; lunch in Fairfax (where Olivia urged me to move – Pamella wasn’t too sure).

Saw Nick and Jess as soon as we unloaded our stuff at the hotel; they’d arrived last Sunday and saw the final Scofield show;  they would stay for Thursday and Friday-only for the Q.

Highlights:  the Terrapin Crossroads venue.  The musicianship.  The 25-minute opener: jam > Golden Road, the longest version of this song you’ve ever heard.  The UJB / Night of 1,000 Stars from the third night.  The covers: Good Times, Bad Times; Southern Cross, Jessica, Give Me Love, Can't Find My Way Home.  Having Philip and Witt come up for Sunday night, standing right in front of Jimmy’s amp.  Giving Rob a t-shirt; he said he would keep it on the DL.  A China Cat > (Midnight) Rider.  Molo -- sweating, grimacing, gesturing, leading -- all the time.

Lowlights: no “Just a Little Light.”  Not recovering from jet lag as quickly as you’d like.  Warren seemed like more of a grounding, anchoring factor than inspirational leader, (whereas Jimmy burned the whole time).   Super low light: the final night encore of Attics of My Life: Rob and Jimmy on acoustic guitars; Rob, Phil and Warren singing into one mic; Rob's voice cracking and missing notes left and right.  In 12 years you've never heard him miss a note, period.   This was  . . . unsettling.

Monday, December 10, 2012

theQ -- sunday -- TXR

Set 1 (7.38 - 8.46 PM 1h 8m)
01 Alabama Getaway (WH) > Jam >
02 Dire Wolf (RB)
03 Ramble On Rose (RB)
04 Loose Lucy (WH)
05 Broken Arrow (PL)
06 Brown Eyed Women (RB)
07 The Real Thing (WH)

Set 2 (9.45 - 11.00 2h 15m)
01 Truckin' (All) >
02 New Speedway (WH)
03 Eyes of the World (PL)
04 Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (WH) >
05 Forever Woman (WH) >
06 The Wheel (WH)> Space Jam >
07 Dark Star (ALL) >
08 Morning Dew (WH) >
09 Dark Star >
10 Midnight Hour(WH)
11 Encore: Donor Rap
12 Attics of My Life (All, RB & JH acoustic guitars unplugged)

Sunday, December 9, 2012

theQ -- saturday -- TXR

Phil Lesh & Friends

Terrapin Crossroads
San Rafael, CA

Jam >
Here Comes Sunshine
Into The Mystic
Cosmic Charlie
Bird Song >
He's Gone >
Wharf Rat >
Mason's Children


Help > Slipknot > 
space jam >
Other One >
Blues for Allah jam >
Give Me Love >
Uncle John's Band (calypso intro!)
Night of 1,000 Stars >
King Solomon's Marbles >
Slipknot >
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
(John Lennon assassinated 32 years ago today.)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

theQ -- friday -- TXR

Phil Lesh and Friends -- theQ
12 .7 .12
Terrapin Crossroads
San Rafael, CA

Set 1
Jam    >
Golden Road >
Soulshine >
Good Lovin' >
Acadian Driftwood
Mississippi Half-Step >
Cumberland Blues

Set 2
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire on the Mountain
Patchwork Quilt >
St. Stephen >
Good Times,Bad Times >
St.Stephen >
The Eleven >
Foxy Lady jam (instrum) >
Jessica >
Unbroken Chain >
Going Down The Road >
I Bid You Goodnight
Donor Rap
E: Casey Jones

theQ -- thursday -- TXR

Phil Lesh Quintet
Terrapin Crossroads
San Rafael, Ca

Jam >
Passenger >
Doing That Rag
China Cat Sunflower >
Midnight Rider >
China Cat Sunflower
Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues
Volia Lee Blues

Playin In The Band >
Jam >
Shakedown Street >
Cant Find MY Way Home >
Caution >
Southern Cross >
Terrapin Station >
I Know You Rider

Donor Rap

Encore: US Blues

Sunday, December 2, 2012

terrapin crossroads -- saturday


Phil Lesh
Warren Haynes
John Scofield
John Medeski
Joe Russo 

Set 1: 
Jam >
Low Spark WH >
Crazy Fingers WH >
Low Spark WH
Might As Well WH
King Solomon's Marbles
Good Times, Bad Times WH (M. Jagger/K. Richards)
Loose Lucy WH
Cold Rain and Snow PL
Set 2:
Wharf Rat WH
The Other One PL >
Watchtower WH
Unbroken Chain PL
Help on the Way WH >
Eyesight to the Blind WH >
Why Does Love Got to be So Sad WH >
Slipknot >
Franklin’s Tower PL
Donor Rap
Enc: Just Like Tom Thumb Blues PL

Saturday, December 1, 2012

terrapin crossroads -- friday

Phil Lesh & Friends  (Warren Haynes, John Scofield, John Medeski, Joe Russo)
11 .30 .12, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA

Set 1:
Alligator (PL)>
Deal (WH)
Mississippi Half-Step (PL)
Built to Last (WH)>
She Said! (WH)
Chinatown Shuffle (WH)
Midnight Hour (WH)
Fuck Yeah Jam >
Midnight Hour (WH)
(apprx. 70 minutes)

Set 2:
Shakedown St. (WH) >
Jam >
Caution (WH) >
Crossroads (WH) >
Just a Little Light (WH)
Eyes of the World
Eyes (P)
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (W)
Scarlet Begonias (W)
Fire on the Mountain (W) 

E:  And it Stoned Me

You leave after Scarlet; just too tired.  The whole second set burned.  The JALL was really good; you hope they do it again next weekend.  "Elizabeth Reed"  was a big surprise (coming right out of an incomplete "Eyes") but finished with a whimper not a bang.  Sco took the Betts solo (insane) and Warren took the Duane finale solo (not insane). Stood in front of Warren first set; in front of Scofield second set, about 10 feet from the stage.  Medeski is much more the comping sideman than Chementi (who, in his favor, has been playing these songs for over a decade).

on death and dying

In the last year:
John Blume -- your best friend in high school's dad; blind, in terrible pain; a relief
John Clarke -- your across the street neighbor; accidental, sudden
SAH -- your dad; long, drawn out, grueling
Blakestyles -- your friend; lung cancer; he was 33; you saw him at the Sept. Red Rocks shows, three weeks later he's dead
Lee Lowery -- your best friend in high school's nephew; from ATL; murdered in a drug deal gone bad at the Ford Factory; he was 20

Enough already.