Terrapin Station
  • Terrapin Station
  • Grateful Dead
  • 82-07-27 Red Rocks, Morrison, CO

Today’s Daily Dose of Dead is “Terrapin Station” from Red Rocks 33 years ago today (July 27, 1982). A couple of dedications for this post. 

First to an old friend of mine, Matt Simpson, pictured in the artwork of this post. I met him when we were both students at SUNY Albany. Matt was a sweetheart of a guy and pure genius. After Albany he went to med school and then I heard through the grapevine that he died in an accident while riding his bike. Matt was staying with his brother in Boulder, CO the summer of ‘82 and I went out to meet him and go the three shows at the rocks… A good time was had by all!

Secondly, this is dedicated to Brent Mydland who passed away on July 26, 1990. The mix of this show is very low on the guitars and very high on Brent and Phil so you get a real sense of how good Brent was and how well his playing melded with the rest of the band. 

This show was pretty amazing from start to finish and it stands up today as I listened to the complete show. No down moments at all. The air around us at the rocks was misty and spacey and so was the music. Brent was at his very best and except for rooster and the other one he played electric piano all night which was reminiscent of Keith’s playing in the 70′s. 

The show featured a rare 3 times performed “playing in the band” in the same show. They closed the first set with an amazing China > Rider (cool Colorado rain) and opened the second set with a Playin’ > Terrapin > Playin’….. that was all I needed!

Jack Straw > Sugaree, On the Road Again, It Must Have Been the Roses,
Me and My Uncle > Big River, Peggy-O, Little Red Rooster, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider

Playin’ in the Band > Terrapin Station > Playin’ > drums > Space > The Wheel > The Other One > Stella Blue > Playin’ in the Band. E: U.S. Blues


“While the story teller speaks, a door within the fire creaks; Suddenly flies open, and a girl is standing there. Eyes alight, with glowing hair, all that fancy paints as fair, she takes her fan and throws it, in the lion’s den.”

I got all the pieces/paint and made the Funko! Next is the box, but I’ll work on that tomorrow (technically later today, it’s 3:40am). Also the hair is not as shiny as it looks here. I took this picture before the finish was done drying. I really hope Adam likes it when I give it to him!

Requisite Gardening Rhyme

how strange to dig a shallow grave 
with high-tech fabric lining
and plastic laid upon the shape
shelves with 3-foot drop defining
to stop the waders from invading
plundering our comets’ flight
across a cheery watergarden
installed upon a sandy site

waterlilies, lotus floating,
papyrus, rush, then bottlebrush
marsh marigold, cattails molting,
unfolding blossoms wet and lush
–the dragonflies appeared today
 rains flooded them to find
a prehistoric mini-swamp
designed by siren mastermind

- Christiane Lopez

“But even now I know this isn’t a fairy tale. I know that we’ll have hard times, confusing times. I know that things won’t always happen the way we want them to and that we’ll have to work to remember that we chose this. It won’t be perfect, not all the time.
This isn’t happily ever after.
It’s so much more than that.”

America Singer, The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass