He would have been 70 today. The band is still touring as much as they ever did, sometimes together, sometimes with mixed conglomerations of inspiring talent. Caught Furthur this year; took my three-year old Dudeling with us (something pretty magical about singing EotW with him). Few days later caught Weir, Hornsby and Marsalis followed by Phil & Friends (lineup for that show was mostly family; Phil, his wife and two sons). The music never stopped, but there is such a major element missing.
53 used to feel so far away, so out there … now that I’m about a decade away, it really hits me how young he was. That the rest of the band is still so strong shows that he still would have been too young to go.
Work is keeping me from heading to one of the celebrations tonight, but after we shut the office down we’ll make grilled cheese and veggie burritos and throw one of the View from the Vaults on. Happy birthday!
All I know is something like a bird within him sang,
All I know he sang a little while and then flew off,
Tell me all that you know, I’ll show you snow and rain.
We miss you Jerry.