The Let It Grow segment is always the highlight for me, especially the jam at the end. Of course, I’m starting my second week of paternity leave right now and the song’s themes of rebirth and growth are quite apt at present. As one loyal reader mentioned in a comment last week, with kids time flies and only accelerates. I can certainly attest to that fact. It’s amazing to watch growth occur and evolve. My first week of leave just flew by. Of course, I have plenty of projects, in addition to taking care of my son, to keep me busy, but it makes me think that the breakneck pace of the jam that often emerges from Let It Grow does a nice job of mirroring the idea of accelerating time, and it’s quite fitting that as the song, well, grows, it gets faster, just like life. At least that’s my interpretation for today.
Other versions of the WRS or plain old Let It Grow that I should look into? Let me know in the comments.
Almost on a dime we turn to Let It Grow. Keith is much more present here, his playing very bouncy and playful. Jerry meanders through the verses adding choice fills and runs. Billy emphasizes his cymbals during the chorus section and they really stand out to my ear. The following solo section is all Jerry with Keith filling in any holes left by the big man. After Bobby tells of the “rise and fall” it’s up to the musicians to demonstrate that phenomenon and Jerry sets out to chart the rise right away, with the rest of the band right on his heels. After one more run through the chorus Jerry’s musical exploration takes on a very jazzy quality. Weir and Keith are very adept at conveying a sense of forward motion in their playing, especially when they’re comping under Jerry’s solo. This is both and admirable and impressive quality. The voyage continues until the ship drops off everyone at Dark Star‘s door.