August 25th, 2004


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I've been going through my Grateful Dead CDs from 1973 and 1974 and listening to them again. I have about 28 discs from those 2 years, but haven't spent much time with them and have never quite "gotten" that period. In real time, I didn't listen much to the Dead between about 1972 and 1998, when I got into trading live concert recordings through the internet. Now that I'm a bit more familiar with the repertoire, I'm able to appreciate what they were doing back then. My main gripes: the absence of Ron McKernan and the presence of Donna Godcheaux. But there's a lot to love in those 2 years.

I've also been going back and listening to Bruckner's Symphony No. 9, a classical piece that I haven't played for a while. My favourite version is the 1959 Bruno Walter recording. I was quite amazed on listening to it this weekend, at just how beautiful and powerful it is. Unfortunately, I noticed a mastering defect on my copy, and being the fussy type I am, I had to do a bit of research to discover it has since been remastered. I've ordered the remaster (plus another recording by a different conductor, Georg Tintner... plus a disc of Bruckner's Motets).

I like music that you can come back to and find that it was even better than you remembered; music you can keep finding new depths in; music you can grow to love.