Posts Tagged ‘Grateful Dead’

When Acorn Media issued all 29 episodes of Poldark on DVD in the US for the first time a few months ago their very talented publicity person, Chad Campbell, made sure a copy got into the hands of the multi-talented Los Angeles Times TV critic Robert Lloyd.

He wrote an insightful review of the series  recommending it to anyone suffering from Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms. It was the best critique the show has ever enjoyed.

My own very talented publicity person/manager/agent/photogragher/travel companion/wife aka Meredith Wheeler, never known to miss a trick, tweeted Robert asking if he’d be interested in interviewing me when we passed through LA.

He said yes and over breakfast in Larchment we spent an agreeable hour-and-a-half chatting mostly about Poldark.

I mentioned that Robert is multi-talented and it’s true. He spent years as a rock musician before settling down with his family in LA.

We discovered during our chat that we were both dedicated Grateful Dead  heads–putting  a date on us!

He promised to e-mail me links to some lesser known Dead recordings–which now we are back home and rested, I’m enjoying.

Just in case there are other DGDHs out there…!

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It rained a couple of nights ago and the morning after–a steady persistant rain that soaked the earth without flooding it–the countryside is absorbing it thankfully.

The emerging sunflowers were struggling with the drought but already look greener and happier.

 ” a box of rain–“

the phrase came into my mind because the rain was gentle and reminded me of the rhythm of a number from “American Beauty”–

a studio album the Grateful Dead recorded in the early Seventies.

…It’s just a box of rain

I don’t know who put it there

Believe it if you need it

or leave it if you dare

But it’s just a box of rain

or a ribbon for your hair

Such a long long time to be gone

and a short time to be there.

The song is upbeat and beautiful–though the circumstances of its creation were sad I discovered…

Bassist Phil Lesh, who wrote the music:

“..at that time, my dad was dying of cancer, and I would drive out to visit with him at the nursing home  and  on the way out there I would practice singing the song. I sort of identified that song with my dad and his approaching death. The lyrics Bob (Robert Hunter) produced were so apt, so perfect. It was very moving for me during the period of my dad’s passing. I felt like singing it in other situations similar to that since then.

asked what the phrase meant, lyricist Robert Hunter replied:-

 By “box of rain,” I meant the world we live on, but “ball” of rain didn’t have the right ring to my ear, so box it became, and I don’t know who put it there.”

Nothing to do with rainfall after all–“but me and the sunflowers” are “grateful” anyway!

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