The blind man in Comes A Time is always very evocative for me. Growing up my best friend’s mother was legally blind and having spent a lot of time with their family I’m acutely aware of how accurate the first line of this song is.
I’m continually amazed at the things that individuals with disabilities are able to do just as well as, if not better, than able-bodied people. One of the few television shows I watch these days is the Amazing Race. The season that just ended featured a woman with one arm and the stuff she was able to do was simply mind boggling. I give that program a lot of credit as it has provided a number of people with disabilities a platform to prove to many what they themselves already know – they’re just like everyone else. Some of my favorite contestants have been these same individuals, partly because they do such a wonderful and noble job of blowing up stereotypes. I give them a lot of credit. This may be an odd association with a Grateful Dead lyrics, but just consider it “the strangest of places, if you look at it right.”
I’m sure I pointed this out in one of the previous takes on Comes A Time, but I’m still shocked that this song was only performed 66 times by the Grateful Dead. While the song itself isn’t terribly complex, especially for such accomplished musicians, the key is definitely in the delivery. Fortunately this version is a very solid one and worthy of including here.
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