Classic poem turned ultimate holiday playlist. Enjoy.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, we all sat in the den,
Cornell 77′ playing again and again.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Stephen soon would be there.
The setlist was smoking - percussion in flight,
Sugar-plums twirled to One More Saturday Night.
Alpine Valley 89′ on the lawn arose such a clatter,
When Sugaree is playing, nothings a matter.
Away to the rail – a spot not to lose,
Close as we can, 78′ Birmingham, New Minglewood Blues.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Oregon 78’ – what a great Peggy-O.
Good Ol’ Grateful Dead - always making us dance,
1984 in Berkeley tapers love their new section,
Tweaking their levels in geeked out perfection.
During Going Down the Road – ain’t no feeling bad.
The boys were on fire – what a good time we had.
Oakland 86‘ to our grateful ears did appear,
Jerry back on stage after almost a year.
Healing and smiling, Tiger in hand,
Our boys were together, Playing In the Band.
More rapid than eagles guitar riffs they came,
And we whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
Loser, Cassidy, Althea we’d say,
At the Greek in 89′, the Good Times Roll fast,
Tennesse Jed and China/Rider are also a blast.
Fox Theater 77′ – an incredible show,
Jerry shreds hard on a Ramble On Rose!
Branford on sax and Brent shining brightly.
Mail order in hand, a good time is in store,
75′ Great American Music Hall – they sure let it roar.
Weir everywhere you know, on the bus we shall go.
50 years of music, always taking us higher,
New Years 1990, dancing with fire.
So many shows in our hearts and our minds,
Inspiring us to always BeKind.
The Music Never Stopped and there’s no end in sight,
Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good-night!
By Mickey Hart and Team
[From Mickey Hart’s website]