Grateful Dead: No Two Shows Alike Jan 24, 2015


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Grateful Dead: No Two Shows Alike
Come Hear Uncle John's Band

Come hear Uncle John's Band by the riverside,
Got some things to talk about, here beside the rising tide.


Tomorrow I am giving a workshop on my book Today's Top Story is a Four-Letter Word. The meeting has been on the books for over a month, but I hadn't thought much about it til now, 24 hours to "show" time. I don't feel the urgency to prepare and I don't think it's because I am a procrastinator. I think something else is going on, and maybe the same thing is going on in your life, too. Without much fanfare, I am prepared. And so are you.

Instead of panicking because I can't find my notes, I feel open to create something new. I can explain my feelings by telling you what I experienced recently with The Grateful Dead.

I hadn't given the counterculture (are they still counterculture?) band much thought until I heard this week they will be playing here in Chicago on July 4th. With that, "Come Hear Uncle John's Band" has been looping in my mind for several days.

I googled it. Listened to it on youtube, and contemplated the lyrics. Then I found two 1980's David Letterman clips from Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir's appearances on The Late Show.

In the 1980's, Letterman asked the Dead duo why they let concert-goers tape their music. Weir simply said, "sometimes they feel good when they play it back." Jerry added, no two shows are alike. "When we're done with it, they can have it."

There's my segue. My workshop last month is over and done. Tomorrow will be a new one. I know the material, so I'll be open to how it plays out, just like the Grateful Dead band members are flexible on stage. I'll be more in the moment.

How about you? Are you showing up for the moments in your life? The preparation is over. It's time to be aware, listen and share. And if you are drawn --

Come hear Uncle John's Band by the riverside,
Got some things to talk about, here beside the rising tide.


Come hear my story and listen to Spirit's messages in Today's Top Story is a Four-Letter Word.

You can read a chapter or two here on Amazon.

You are prepared. In joy it all!

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