DG profiled in Splash Pad News

December 2nd, 2020

Lovely article by C.J. Hirschfield in the December Splash Pad News, a wonderful neighborhood publication by Ken Katz.

David Gans: Every Silver Lining’s Got a Touch of Grey

My books and music are available at perfectible.net

Complete discography is here

I play a live set online every afternoon!

Tuesday through Sunday 4-5pm on Facebook/dgansmusic and Cash or Trade

Monday 3-4:15pm
on Facebook/deadheadland and Cash or Trade

Asking for donations via Paypal, Venmo, and gdhour.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1680

November 29th, 2020

Week of November 30, 2020

Part 1 27:22
Grateful Dead 7/2/87 Silver Stadium, Rochester NY
LOOKS LIKE RAIN->
HE’S GONE->
DRUMS

Part 2 28:30
John Oswald, Grayfolded (Fony)
ASH LIGHT… CLOUDS CAST… THROU…
Grateful Dead 10/11/80 Dead Set rough mix
LOST SAILOR->
SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE

Here’s an article I wrote for Wired about John Oswald’s Plunderphonics: The Man Who Stole Michael Jackson’s Face

Virtual house concert Fri 11/27

November 25th, 2020

Streamstock Presents a Virtual House Concert with David Gans – Interpreting the ‘Ballads’ of Jerry Garcia

Friday, November 27, 7-9:00 PM EST / 4-6PM PST in Streamstock’s new online VenYou – Go to Streamstock’s FB page for the link and a sample video of the party room.

Enjoy a high-quality audio and video stream while watching with your friends, via Video Chat room. It’s like going out with your friends again to enjoy a show, but safely from your home.

NOTE: Host must have Chrome and should use their desktop/laptop…But the invited guests can use any device.

Tickets and more information here!

“Blue Roses” on WHYY’s online “house concert”

November 25th, 2020

My song “Blue Roses” was included in WHYY’s online house concert series this week!

It’s on YouTube, too!

I play a live show every day!

Tuesday through Sunday 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern on dgansmusic and cashortrade

Monday 3pm Pacific, 6pm Eastern
on deadheadland, cashortrade, and deadheadland.tv

Hoping for donations at:
paypal.me/dgans
gdhour.com/support
Venmo.com/David-Gans-9

Buy CDs and SIGNED books at perfectible.net

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1679

November 22nd, 2020

Week of November 23, 2020

Part 1 34:04
Grateful Dead, American Beauty (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
DARK STAR->
WHARF RAT

Grateful Dead 7/2/87 Silver Stadium, Rochester NY
BROWN EYED WOMEN
CASSIDY->
DEAL

Part 2 20:51
Grateful Dead 7/2/87 Silver Stadium, Rochester NY
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER
SAMSON AND DELILAH

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Jerry Garcia family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 15: May 21st, 1971 Keystone Korner. This unique recording features Jerry and Merl plus Bill Vitt and guest Martin Fierro and includes the only known recording of Jerry singing David Crosby’s “The Wall Song.” GarciaLive volume 15 is available as a 2-CD set and digital download from Garcia Family Provisions.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1678

November 15th, 2020

Week of November 16, 2020

Part 1 24:29
Grateful Dead 7/2/87 Silver Stadium, Rochester NY
HELL IN A BUCKET->
BERTHA
WALKIN’ BLUES
DIRE WOLF

Part 2 31:16
Grateful Dead 7/2/87 Silver Stadium, Rochester NY
MY BROTHER ESAU
WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE
TONS OF STEEL
ME AND MY UNCLE->
MEXICALI BLUES

Grateful Dead, American Beauty – 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Rhino)
OPERATOR
SUGAR MAGNOLIA

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1677

November 8th, 2020

Week of November 9, 2020

Part 1 31:52
Grateful Dead 2/23/71 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD->
GOOD LOVIN’
NOT FADE AWAY->
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELING BAD->
NOT FADE AWAY->
JOHNNY B GOODE

Part 2 23:46
Grateful Dead, American Beauty: The Angels Share (Rhino)
TO LAY ME DOWN
TRUCKIN’

Jerry Garcia Band, Let It Rock (Rhino)
SUGAREE

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1676

November 1st, 2020

Week of November 2, 2020

Part 1 20:30
Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, GarciaLive vol 15 (Round Records)
THE WALL SONG
Grateful Dead, June 1976 (Rhino)
SAMSON AND DELILAH (6/11/76)

Part 2 35:04
Grateful Dead 2/23/71 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
TRUCKIN’->
DRUMS->
THE OTHER ONE->
WHARF RAT

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1675

October 25th, 2020

Week of October 26, 2020

Part 1 27:01
Grateful Dead 2/23/71 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
NEXT TIME YOU SEE ME
MORNING DEW
SUGAR MAGNOLIA
CASEY JONES

Part 2 28:23
Grateful Dead 2/23/71 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
ME AND MY UNCLE
BIRD SONG

Joe Craven and the Sometimers, Garcia Songbook (Blender Logic)
CRAZY FINGERS
Grateful Dead, June 1976 (Rhino)
LOOKS LIKE RAIN (6/11/76)

Garcia Songbook is one of my favorite records of the last ten years. Every track is a brilliant reinvention of a song we heard from Jerry: “Gomorrah,” “Scarlet Begonias,” “Shady Grove” etc. “Friend of the Devil” is especially amazing!

A political story with a happy ending

October 22nd, 2020

This story begins with a house concert in Missoula, Montana. I have been friends with the host, Stew Weis, for a number of years and I have played in his and Meg’s home several times.

On the morning after the concert, we had a fairly substantial stack of uneaten pizza, plus some other items. I suggested we find a homeless shelter that would appreciate a modest donation.

Almost two years later, I received this email from Stew. I share it here with his blessing.

Greetings David,

I’ve been meaning to shoot you this message for some time and I’m finally doing it.

I don’t know if you remember this, but on the morning of Sunday, October 28th, 2018, you and I hopped in the car with a whole bunch of leftover pizza, salad and cake from the previous night’s house concert and drove it to the Poverello Center, Missoula’s most prominent homeless shelter, and dropped off our haul, feeling pretty confident that every last morsel would be enjoyed.

Well, that part you most likely do remember. This next part you may not.

On the way home from dropping off the food, I worked up the courage to broach the subject of politics with you. It took courage because at that time, I considered myself a Republican and at least on Facebook, I don’t think that I had ever witnessed you using the word “Republican” without it being prefaced by the adjectives, “those motherfucking.” So, I was a bit gunshy about admitting to you my party affiliation. Though I did further explain that I did *not* vote for Trump, yet I could not vote for Hillary, either. I voted for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, which I can see in hindsight was a huge mistake and a total waste of my vote. I also explained that I had always considered myself a “social liberal” and a “fiscal conservative.” And finally, as an employer with ~200 employees, I “get to” experience crushing federal regulation that a non-employer just cannot appreciate, which is why most business people with any significant number of employees tend to be Republican.

Thankfully, and really not surprisingly, you accepted my position with respect and decency. Thank you for that.

Little did I know that this was a bit over a year from a totally unexpected and dramatic change coming my way.

While my disdain for Donald Trump slowly grew over the ensuing months, what pushed me right over the edge was the Ukraine scandal, the infamous quid pro quo and the ensuing impeachment hearings. I became a voracious consumer of cable news, viewing for hours on end, CNN, MSNBC and even Fox News, just to keep tabs on what bullshit was going on over there. I watched almost the entire impeachment hearings and the Democrats impressive parade of witnesses, including but not limited to Alexander Vindman, Marie Yovanovitch, Gordon Sondland, Fiona Hill and more. It was during these hearings that I got to know the names and quickly came to hate, Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, Matt Gaetz, Doug Collins, John Ratcliffe, Louis Gohmert and several others. I was stunned by the way these assholes fell in lockstep behind Trump, even though to my eyes (and I must admit to taking a degree of pride in being able to tell the difference between truth and bullshit) Trump was beyond guilty.

This was the precise moment in time at which I flipped. I was literally now a Democrat. It’s really kind of bizarre, in retrospect, how it happened as fast as flipping a light switch. However, I was witnessing a Republican party that I no longer recognized. Furthermore, once I found myself on “the other side,” I quickly began to realize that there was a lot more that I identified with “over here.” Conversely, I also began to realize that I had been living with quite a bit of cognitive dissonance as a Republican, especially when it came to social issues. One example is the abortion issue. The government has zero business in a woman’s vagina. None! Period! Anyway, as the months go by, I am finding myself much happier and enjoying greater peace of mind as a Democrat.

I’ve come to define the two parties this way, in as few sentences as possible:

The Republican Party regards the Almighty Dollar as the most important thing in life. Get all the money you can; the hell with everything else AND it’s every man for himself.

The Democratic Party believes that our country and our world works best when it works for all its citizens and inhabitants. What the hell is wrong with striving for world with no poverty, no hunger and no homelessness? In fact, we have a long way to go until these problems are eliminated.

No doubt you’re well aware of this paradigm shift in my own politics, as I’ve also become annoyingly politically vocal on Facebook. I’ve lost some “friends” as a result, too. Sorry, life’s too short to worry about that.

Anyway, David, this is really just something that I wanted to share with you, mostly as a result of that brief, sticking my toe in the political waters in the car, on the way home from the Poverello Center that October Sunday morning in 2018.

It seems that you and Rita are still doing well and making the best of our temporarily coronavirus-dominated life, as are Meg and I. I wish more people would realize that it could be so much worse.

Hopefully we’ll soon have some real leadership. How incredibly refreshing!

–Stew

Let me add that I recently, like literally just a few days ago, figured out at least one element of Trump supporters.

First I should say, that I have said more times than I could possibly keep count of, that the only thing more perplexing to me than how this moron got elected to the highest office in the world, are the millions of people that believe in him and support him. What am I missing? I guess the better question is, “What are they missing?” Why don’t they get it?

Anyway, it occurred to me that there are some people that simply will not, under any circumstances, vote for a Democrat. They would vote for Satan himself before voting for a Democrat. I believe that Fox News is largely responsible for this perception, but such is the case.

The rural, redneck, uneducated element is a lot easier to make sense of.

Anyway, yes, feel free to share. I’m thrilled that my little “political statement” could be put to good use!

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1674

October 18th, 2020

Week of October 19, 2020

Part 1 24:45
Grateful Dead 2/23/71 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
UNCLE JOHN’S BAND
LOSER
PLAYING IN THE BAND
BIG BOSS MAN

Part 2 31:16
Grateful Dead 2/23/71 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
BERTHA

Grateful Dead, Workingman’s Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
I’M A KING BEE

David’s daily livestreams

October 11th, 2020

I play a live show EVERY DAY!!

Tuesday-Sunday 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern
http://facebook.com/dgansmusic
http://cashortrade.org/streams/david-gans/

Monday 3-4:15pm Pacific, 6-7:15pm Eastern
http://facebook.com/deadheadland
http://deadheadland.tv
http://cashortrade.org/streams/david-gans/

I am playing for tips, and appreciating donations at:
http://paypal.me/dgans
http://gdhour.com/support
http://Venmo.com/David-Gans-9

Buy books and music at http://perfectible.net
My co-author, Blair Jackson, lives down the street, so if you order a copy of This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead it’ll be signed by both of us!


Photo by James Goldman

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1673

October 11th, 2020

Week of October 12, 2020

Part 1 30:04
Grateful Dead 6/8/92 Coliseum, Richfield OH
SPACE->
DARK STAR->
THE LAST TIME

Part 2 25:27
Grateful Dead 6/8/92 Coliseum, Richfield OH
STELLA BLUE->
SUGAR MAGNOLIA

Grateful Dead, American Beauty: The Angels Share (Rhino)
ATTICS OF MY LIFE

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1672

October 4th, 2020

Week of October 5, 2020

Part 1 34:48
Grateful Dead 6/8/92 Coliseum, Richfield OH
CRAZY FINGERS->
CORRINA->
DRUMS

Part 2 21:00
Grateful Dead 6/8/92 Coliseum, Richfield OH
US BLUES
Evie Ladin Band, Playing Our Hand (Evil Diane Music)
MISSISSIPPI HALFSTEP UPTOWN TOODELOO
Matt Rae, Twangin’ the Dead (mattrae.com)
RUBIN AND CHERISE
Might as Well: The Persuasions Sing Grateful Dead (Grateful Dead)
BROKEDOWN PALACE

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1671

September 27th, 2020

Week of September 28, 2020

Part 1 27:31
Grateful Dead 6/8/92 Coliseum, Richfield OH
JUST LIKE TOM THUMB’S BLUES
BLACK THROATED WIND
DON’T EASE ME IN
~
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER

Part 2 27:23
Grateful Dead, Pacific Northwest ’73-’74 (Rhino)
HE’S GONE->
TRUCKIN’
(6/26/73)