- Nov 10, 2008
- In the shadow of the moon.
What Dylan said after Garcia died summed up how massive of a musician Garcia truly was.
"There's no way to measure his greatness or magnitude as a person or as a player. I don't think eulogizing will do him justice. He was that great—much more than a superb musician with and uncanny ear and dexterity. He is the very spirit personified of whatever is muddy river country at its core and screams up into the spheres. He really had no equal. To me he wasn't only a musician and friend, he was more like a big brother who taught and showed me more than he'll ever know. There are a lot of spaces and advances between the Carter Family, Buddy Holly and say, Ornette Coleman, a lot of universes, but he filled them all without being a member of any school. His playing was moody, awesome, sophisticated, hypnotic and subtle. There is no way to convey the loss. It just digs down really deep."
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I had not read that before but I don't doubt it in the least. Jerry helped Bob out of his funk and helped Bob reconnect with his own music during the Dylan/Dead tour. From what I understand: At the time ( c. 1987 ) Jerry had presented Dylan with an opportunity to tour with the Dead, Dylan was not feeling a connection to his own past, his music from the 60's and was not interested in playing his own old songs. Jerry helped him see the value in those songs and the rest is history.