Awakening to the Dead Aileen Torres Bennett
Art, Music, Products

Press Play: Row Jimmy

Awakening to the Dead. Illustration by Aileen Torres-Bennett Got a little something for you to listen to this weekend. It's my cover of The Grateful Dead's "Row Jimmy." A lovely song that evokes the Old, Weird America in that particular way that the Grateful Dead's lyricist Robert Hunter did so well. If you like the… Continue reading Press Play: Row Jimmy

We Will Get By Aileen Torres-Bennett

We Will Get By

I hope all of you are doing well, given the circumstances. Even all the way out here in Fiji, the coronavirus has arrived. The capital city, Suva, is in lockdown, and there is a curfew. But things are good overall. It's a time of togetherness at home, creativity, reflection and, as always, gratitude. Funny story:… Continue reading We Will Get By

Bob Weir STFU
essay, Music

Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts

I had a good/bad start to 2020. The setting: a Dead and Company concert on New Year's Eve at the Chase Center in San Francisco, the new home arena of the Golden State Warriors. The band would go on to play an epic three-set show, opening with Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" and closing… Continue reading Bob Weir Wants You to STFU at Concerts

Awakening to the Dead by Aileen Torres Bennett
Adventure, Art, essay, Music

Awakening to the Dead

I was not a Grateful Dead fan when I was growing up. It took years, and my marriage, to change my mind. In high school, I used to associate the band with ne'er-do-wells. They wore a uniform of tie-dye t-shirts with shorts and Birkenstocks and exuded an attitude of marijuana-induced “chillness.” They didn’t seem to… Continue reading Awakening to the Dead

Dead and Co Gorge 2019

Life Lessons with: The Grateful Dead

As I mentioned in recent posts, we spent most of June back in the U.S., about two weeks of which was dedicated to following Dead & Co. up the West Coast. The Gorge Amphitheatre, for me, is the ultimate concert venue. Nothing tops standing in that space and seeing the sweeping vistas of the Columbia… Continue reading Life Lessons with: The Grateful Dead