« on: May 18, 2008, 09:57:57 AM »
I love live music. Live music has actually helped me shape my life. The jam band scene was a part of that.
My original post was actually the last part of my epiphany. The realization came slowly over several years.
It all started when I dressed like a hippie to go to a show, saw pictures of myself and asked, who is that. From then on I made sure I was dressed in a way that was true to myself.
Next, I stopped participating in lot activities, saw a band I had seen several times before and loved, and found myself asking myself why I ever thought they were good. But, everybody around seemed to be having a good time...so I thought it was me and I lost my feel for the vibe.
Next, I went to a Yes concert and within minutes heard and saw a much cleaner and clearer sound than anything I had heard from a jam band in the past. Plus, the musicianship blew any jam bad I had seen out of the water.
All this time I\'m seeing jam bands too.
At a Meshuggah show (opening for Tool), everyone around me seemed to be wondering what the hell was going on. But I was thinking, I kind of like this.
Back to the jam bands. Everyone around me is really into it and I\'m waiting for something to happen. Four or five shows like that and I realized...it\'s not me. My vibe radar is fine. There is just nothing going on.
To me, the time the bands spend trying to find the groove is not jamming. It is a waste of my time. I didn\'t come to a show to see 5 minutes of brilliance every 1/2 hour.
One of the last jam shows I was at was a Phil Lesh show and it was fun. I love live music and I will continue to see live shows. I\'ve had enough of jam bands.