“Alligator” by Jerry Garcia

The artist understands from years of practice that the act of making art, film, advertising, or music is what matters. In fact, the act of making art matters much more than any outcomes that result from this act. …


The American reckoning is here.

We are a troubled people lurching toward an untenable election. Whoever wins and however it’s fixed by the legal eagles, a portion of the population will be outraged. Their outrage won’t be justified but it will be real. Sadly, a great deal of the outrage…


Grateful Dead and its leader, Jerry Garcia, opted out of conventional modes and frameworks. He did not follow convention, he defied it artfully. Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco during the Beat generation was formative, and Jerry was not going to be a square. …


“Jerry was the Sun of the Grateful Dead — the music they played was like planets orbiting around him.” -Carlos Santana

Jerry Garcia was exceptional and he was strong, but he didn’t want to be the leader. He didn’t want to tell people what to do.

With this old school…


Jerry Garcia achieved great things. He was an artist with a unique vision and a unique ability to convey his vision. He was also a hero to many, and a rock icon to many more.

He was also a nice man with a large heart and a gentle spirit. There’s…


Making music requires intense concentration, active listening, plus physical coordination and stamina.

Making music live in front of a paying audience is even more rigorous.

Jerry Garcia Life Lesson: Stretch

Stretching is both a physical act and a metaphorical framework.

Top performers stretch to achieve a desired state of limberness…


Jerome Garcia grew up in The Mission District. His dad was a professional musician. You live what you learn.

What Jerry learned was to make things from available materials, and make things happen with the people and talent at hand. …


You have to learn the rules before you can begin to artfully deconstruct them.

Of course, all serious artists and thinkers do learn the rules first, it’s the artful deconstruction of said rules that eludes so many.

Jerry Garcia Life Lesson: Defy Convention

Jerry Garcia grew up in the 1950s–a…


It is fashionable today to “fail harder” and to “fail faster.”

These concepts from the worlds of communications and technology are meant to take the sting out of failure — the purpose being to encourage the kind of risk taking that accelerates growth and positive change.

Jerry Garcia Life Lesson…

David Burn

Editor of Adpulp.com. Founder of Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Fan of Kurt Vonnegut, Nebraska football and wolves in the wild.

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