Jerome John Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American artist lyricist, and guitarist, most popular for being a chief musician, the lead guitarist, and a performer with the musical crew the Grateful Dead, of which he was an establishing part and which came to noticeable quality during the nonconformity of the 1960s. In spite of the fact that he denied the job, Garcia was seen by numerous individuals as the head of the band.
Jerry Garcia Quotes
Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
Nothing left to do but smile.
If the thunder don’t get ya then the lightning will.
Once in a while, you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look it right.
Every mind is at least as heavy of mine.
You ain’t gonna learn what you don’t wanna know.
You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only one who does what you do.
Every silver lining has a touch of grey.
All I know is, if you listen to society, you’ll never get anywhere!
If we had any nerve at all, if we had any real balls as a society, or whatever you need, whatever quality you need, real character, we would make an effort to really address the wrongs in this society, righteously.
Jerry Garcia quotes about life
We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life.
We’re involved in a society which is undergoing some really weird changes now.
I read somewhere that 77 percent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I’m more intrigued by the 23 percent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.
Run faster, jump higher, reach farther, and you’ll always win!
Some things may work, but they definitely won’t work every time. Some things may work at various times.
The alternate media are becoming important and viable alternatives to playing live. Records, videos, that kind of thing. They’re going to start to count for something. Because there’s only a limited amount of us-time available to us.
You need to have many points of reference; many places to touch down and make contact with.
The pursuit of happiness is such a large of concept.
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Jeremy Garcia Quotes about Music
You have to get past the idea that music has to be one thing. To be alive in America is to hear all kinds of music constantly: radio, records, churches, cats on the street, everywhere music. And with records, the whole history of music is open to everyone who wants to hear it.
In folk music, I’ve always been fond of the fragment. The song that has one verse. And you don’t know anything about the characters, you don’t know what they’re doing, but they’re doing something important. I love that. I’m really a sucker for that kind of song.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs to rock my soul.
It’s much too late to do anything about rock & roll now.
Hunter can write a melody and stuff like that, but his forte is lyrics. He can write a serviceable melody to hang his lyrics on, and sometimes he comes up with something really nice.
For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing. The MUSIC is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument.
I mean, just because you’re a musician doesn’t mean all your ideas are about music. So every once in a while I get an idea about plumbing, I get an idea about city government, and they come the way they come.
I’ll try any guitar just to see if it’s different in an effort to see if it will lead me anywhere. I’m trying to have a guitar built. What’s needed is better instruments, better amplifiers, better hardware for electric music to get better.
I like all the kinds of music I’ve been into. I’m certainly not a purist in that I will only play country licks in a country song or blues licks in blues stuff. The thing I would like to be able to do is to make the music sound right no matter what it is. If somebody else wants to have a label for it, then that’s their business.
Listening. That’s what music is about. You hear it. And I’d listen to it and something would move me one way or another, and I would try and play it.
As a musician, you fall into certain patterns that you’re not conscious of unless you start listening to yourself on tape a lot. If you do that you start recognizing habits; then you have to try and break them.
Now there is no place you can go where you don’t hear certain types of music.
Jerry Garcia quotes and sayings
Well, you know Tom, I’m no health nut.
Oh well, a touch of gray kind of suits you anyway.
I sat down to my supper, was a bottle of red whiskey.
The sun will shine in my back door one day.
What a long strange trip it’s been.
We’re like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.
I could have made the film a lot more disturbing than it is, … But my whole point was to inspire people to take action.
Somebody has to do something, and it’s just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
The bigger issue was the whole takeover of the food industry by big corporations.
We didn’t invent the Grateful Dead, the crowd invented the Grateful Dead. We were just in line to see what was going to happen.
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