Friday, August 1, 2008


All I know is something like a bird within her sang,
All I know she sang a little while and then flew on,
Tell me all that you know, I'll show you snow and rain.

If you hear that same sweet song again, will you know why?
Anyone who sings a tune so sweet is passin' by,
Laugh in the sunshine, sing, cry in the dark, fly through the night.

Don't cry now, don't you cry, don't you cry anymore.
Sleep in the stars, don't you cry, dry your eyes on the wind.

All I know is something like a bird within her sang,
All I know she sang a little while and then flew off,
Tell me all that you know, I'll show you snow and rain.
lyrics of birdsong*

the birthday theme may have ended in july, had it not been for this npr story reminding me of that jerry was born on august 1st. now if you just scratched your head and asked yourself 'jerry who?'- what can I say. of course the jerry I'm celebrating today is none other than jerry garcia.

I can't lay claim to being a 'deadhead.' afterall, I've only been to two dead concerts in my entire life. but the music of jerry and the dead has been a part of my life's soundtrack for over forty years. and I remember where I was and what I was doing when I heard the news that jerry had died. until thinking about this post, I never realized that for me jerry's death was one of those 'events' where I remember exactly what I was doing and where I was.

I was sitting at an outside table in halifax; we were on vacation and after a week roughing it on cape breton (one of the most spectacularly beautiful places I've ever been!!) we were treating ourselves to a couple days in halifax before heading home. it was a beautiful day then somehow I caught a snatch of conversation from the next table - jerry had died in the middle of the night or early that morning. the day was no longer quite so beautiful.

jerry might not be walking around in the same vessel he had from 1942-1995, but he still lives - in music and in the hearts of everyone whose life was enhanced by the music of jerry and the dead.

the poster is from a dead concert I didn't attend as I wasn't living in texas at the time. but my f did attend; since he was on the committee that brought the band to the university he snagged one of the extra posters and somewhere I expect he still has the ticket stubs. however, he can't really remember much about the show, which just goes to prove that he really was there. by the way, you probably can't read the fine print at the bottom of the poster, but I just had to mention the price of a ticket to this show - $5 and $4 if you were a tcu student!

for the next month the spirit of jerry will be alive. this year is the fortieth anniversary of the infamous summer of love. there's a musical extravaganza currently on tour called hippiefest which is celebrating the summer of love. the lineup of talent for the bethel, new york stop on sunday sounds particularly good. ched are you going????

to celebrate jerry's birthday, sit back and enjoy one of my favorite dead tunes ....I actually remember hearing this one live in 1985 at a show in hartford, connecticut.

*birdsong words by robert hunter, music by jerry garcia
if you are interested in the songs of the grateful dead check out this incredibly rich site.

top photo: another rat sculpture. this one is entitled rat-ti-cal and was created by linda alexander-radak. snapped 24 july 2008.


Anonymous said...

Rat! Good Capture!

jude said...

oh gosh, the memories....

Squirrel said...

is that skateboarding rat wearing a cheese hat?

d. chedwick said...

Yeah, hippiefest is Sunday. Steve, lettuce and i are going. We'll bring back a dazzling array of photos with tie dye in them.

Bob Dylan said...

Unusual Rat, do you ever see the ones the Unions place near certain businesses?

R.L. Bourges said...

like jude says - ouf. a tumble through time, that one.

and the website - all the lyrics!

just for that, you get a little

Farewell to Nova Scotia


Bob Dylan said...

Oh, and I'm not awake yet---happy birthday and rest in peace Jerry... I think I'll play his music all day-- albums like Old and in The way, and his solo albums, etc... Thanks for the reminder Kim.

tut-tut said...

Argh! all of a sudden, I'm feeling old . . .

mouse (aka kimy) said...

anonymouse - love capturing those rats!

jude ;)

squirrel - I think the rat is sporting a mohawk, but I like the idea of a cheese hat!

ched - man, I wish I was with you guys. sunday is my pa's 86th bd and I'll be partying elsewhere! think of me - I'll wear my tie die shirt sunday in honor of the day and to be spirtually with you guys!

bob - thanks for the jog I have a pic of one of the union inflatable rats that some of the guys brought to an anti-bush rally a while back...have to try and locate that - worthy to post sometime!!

rlb - merci - I could just smell the sea listening to those boys. hail nova scotia...and farewell, till we meet again!

bob - I've been listening to jerry tunes since last night.... how sweet it is!

tut - don't feel old! old is well OLD and it ain't us....least not yet.

Colette Amelia said...

my gosh you have stuffed a lot of living in your life! Or should I say this life!

great memories. Love the rats as it takes one to love one.

Rahul said...
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bitchlet said...


The memories and the time that you so beautifully describe have always made up dreams.

Wow. I want to be you for the summer of love.
Can you do a post or several on life then?
(If it's not something you don't want to talk about.)

Ched, if you're reading, the same request is extended to you.

ps- the deleted comment was me, but that is not me.

Barbara said...

Just the mention of the Dead makes me sniff the air. Some things just went together so well...

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ca - hopefully I'm still stuffing!

b - for the official summer of love (1968) I was a bit young (13) to be a full youthful wildness, experimentation, oat sowing started a few years later...however, the slogan of peace, love, and rock and rock that ruled the summer of love did infuse my spirit and life when I was a young woman coming to age....and probably still do as a middle-aged women coming to aging.... peace on!

barbara - you are exactly right. rastaman vibration sista!

bitchlet said...

Oh.. lucky you :)

Absolute Vanilla (& Atyllah) said...

Anyone who can write a lyric about sleeping in the stars gets my vote, whatever vessel he happens to be walking around in now!
Love that rat!

alicesg said...

Another rat sculpture but on skateboard. Cool. I watch Eddy's video, he is so cute. :)

Cergie said...

So, if I read well, Jerry has the same birthday date than my daughter.
I'm sorry, Kimy, I did not tranlate my last post, I was a bit lazy.
And however you managed to understand the most important, thank you

The song says : snow and rain at the same time ? I can see shadow and sunshine (on the window) in your photo

Reya Mellicker said...

Awww ... it tugs at my heart to see Jerry singing. Fantastic.

The mouse in the top photo is really scary, though, don't you think??

K. said...

My first GD concert was 10/15/77 at SMU. Bob came over from Cowtown to join me.

I last saw the Dead in 1995. A dying Jerry Garcia was a shadow of his former self, but he summoned enough inspiration to deliver a deeply emotional, 17-minute version of "Bird Song."

When my wife passed away eight years ago, I commissioned a sculpture for our garden. My only requirement was that it include a particular lyric. By coincidence, the artist designed a sunflower, so I had her add a Chinese-looking cat at the bottom -- a China Cat Sunflower. The lyric running down the stem read "Something like a bird within her sang".

Thanks so much for this post.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

av & alice - more rat sculptures will be coming! there are 25 scattered around town, and hopefully I can showcase each in situ.

cergie - bon anniversaire to your daughter! no need to apologize - if I had to translate my posts, I'm afraid I'd never post anything. in reading french I can generally get the gist of things...

reya - scary? well the colors are intense and there is that grin! I just thought he was having a rad time!

k - what a beautiful sounding sculpture and what a beautiful tribute/memorial to your late wife - thank you for sharing this story and touching my heart. have you ever posted a photo of the sculpture on your blog? if so give me a head's up, I'd love to see it.

I could have gone to that concert as I was in cowtown at the time!! and I could have gone over with bob!


Steve said...

So appropriate for me to catch this post now, having just returned from "Hippiefest."

I went to one Dead concert, and I remember really enjoying it, though I probably developed some kind of contact high because the memories are quite blurry. :)

Linda Alexander-Radak said...

so glad you liked my sculpture!
It is not cheese on its head - it is his mohawk!
linda alexander-radak