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RE: What's wrong with loops
Of course. I didn't mean to imply that one had to be on drugs to
appreciate the Dead's music, only that LSD was a part of the cultural
from which the Dead phenomenon sprang.
And yes, being both a more traditional "songwriter" and being a looper
does often feel like living in two worlds at the same time. When I book a
show (usually months in advance) I never know what I'm going to be in the
mood for at that show (loop vs non-loop). I now have different groups
of people that expect very different things, and somebody often is cranky
that I didn't deliver what they were expecting (Hey Man, why no looping?
/ VS. What happened to the songs? All you did was make noises for 45
One of the things I liked about the Grateful Dead was their ability to
shift in and out of those two worlds, often many times in the same set (or
even the same song).
>> Drugs (LSD and others in the case of
> > the Dead, and ecstasy/
> > speed and others in the case of techno) were vital to creating
> > the context in which the music was created, and often appreciated.
> "Often," but not exclusively. I'd say acid was absolutely
> essential to the creation of the Dead's groupmind, and I'll confess
> that I was high on acid the first time I heard them play, but you
> don't have to be on acid to play that way and you don't have to be
> on acid to appreciate what they did. (In the later years it helped
> if you had a tolerance for weak but heartfelt vocals and the
> patience to endure group improvisations that weren't truly
> interactive, but that's another conversation.)
> > Joe, you and I are both songwriters who also do loop work. I think
> that means we live in (at least) two worlds at the same time, sorta.
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