Today my oldest son turns three. Whoa oh, where does the time go? People aren’t kidding when they say kids grow up fast. It seems like yesterday he was starting to walk, and now he can ride a bike (with training wheels) and run around the backyard with his lacrosse stick. Makes a papa proud.
Both of my kids were born on days significant to the music history I like. My youngest shares a birthday with Bob Marley, while anyone reading this can probably do the math and recognize that 7/23/90 was Brent’s last show with the Grateful Dead. The boys played The Weight on that evening in Chicago’s suburbs. Although it was customary for Brent to take the second verse, the “I got to go but my friend’s can stick around” proved to be a prophetic line from this song.
This is the only version of The Weight released thus far so it will have to function as a stand-in for the 7/23 version.
On a brighter note, Furthur played a show in Philly on 7/23/11 with a killer setlist befitting of our new addition, complete with personal favorites Sitting On Top Of The World, Ruben & Cherise, Shakedown, Help/Slip/Frank, and even a Fool In The Rain encore. I’ll chalk it up to good karma on that evening.