Jerry Garcia Week: 9 DAZE OF HAIGHT – Day #5: JACKS are Wild…CarTUNES & Slap Schtick
In this post, I hope to introduce new and veteran Deadheads to one of my favorite sources of pure delight – a source that might not be where you might usually turn when you need some musical medicine. Today, we’ll meet Jack Abramson (a.k.a, “Bacon Man”) and his creative videos that feature jam bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish. His combination of music and humor mirrors what I do (or “Dew”) in my blog posts.
Jack’s YouTube Channel/Grateful Dead Mashups
Before I highlight some of his fun musical creations pairing Dead songs with TV shows, movies, and other media, here’s some idea of his mission in life.
I’ve always had a passion for telling stories, making people laugh, and documenting raw moments in time. I mostly enjoy taking pictures of nature, but I also love exploring the life of big cities through my various lenses. I especially like taking candid shots of people to capture that essence of real-life moments.
Photography and Videography as Communication
What excites me about my photography, videography and editing projects is the process. Every one of my projects starts with me visualizing the completed work in my head, many times challenging myself to do something that I haven’t done before. That feeling I get when a project comes to life exactly how I first envisioned it, that’s what lights me up!
I also have a passion for acting and I play several different comedic characters, one of which is “Bacon-Man” who is a bridge to my other passion, music. Bacon Man does really fun musical news and reviews, and these videos give me a chance to showcase the total array of my offerings. If I was a musical instrument, I would be a washboard, a raw instrument that can mesh itself into any sound. It makes people laugh and dance, me and my washboard, we have quite the bromance.
So come on in and have a look around. Let me know if I can get you some more information, and please feel free to send me your photo or video project proposals.
I look forward to seeing you around the studio.
Uh, Oh...an escapee from a local institution...trying to hiJACK this post...
“Hey, hit the road, Jack, go back to the Cuckoo’s Nest…we’re here to meet another JACK and explore his creative combinations of music and comedy.”
JACK ABRAMSON'S GRATEFUL DEAD MASHUPS
Gonna start the turntable with my favorites from Jack’s collection. I’m using my 5th-grade male mind to pick. Lemme ‘splain…I’m 74, and love this early part of my cerebellum.
When people ask if I’ve made plans for my departure to go be with Jerry, Pigpen, Jim, Jimi, Janis and others…I tell ‘em this…I’ve told my mate Eileen that if I’m ever on life support and the docs tell her that my 5th-grade male mind has gone offline…it’s OK to pull the plug.
My top pick...
...combines orphans, convicts, outlaws and other “misfits” – characters that are frequently portrayed in musical tales from the Grateful Dead, New Riders and Phish. This initial offering is loaded with amazing musicians, dancing, and copious humor.
'Turn On Your Lovelight From God' - The Grateful Dead 'Lovelight' 6/21/89 (07:00)
The Grateful Dead Meet the Three Stooges - The Grateful Dead 'Shakedown Street' 5/12/81 (02:12)
I’ve danced like this at concerts…how ‘bout you?
The Grateful Dead Meet the Marx Brothers - The Grateful Dead 'Franklins Tower' 10/31/91 (02:30)
Scoundrels, skullduggery and dancing…perfect combination. Jack Abramson is brilliant!
The Grateful Dead Meet Mel Brooks - The Grateful Dead 'I Need a Miracle' 10/16/89 (01:45)
More humor, dancing and “Grate” music.
The Flintstones - 'Let it Bedrock' - The Grateful Dead 'Let it Rock' 6/23/74 (01:52)
Again, dancing, music, laughter…just like the live shows…
I’ll leave us with this and leave you explore on your own the remaining Dead mashups and those of other bands…
The Grateful Dead Meets Seinfeld - The Grateful Dead 'Going Down the Road Feeling Bad' 5/6/81 (03:14)
BONUS “JACK” TRACKS
Jack Straw - Grateful Dead (05:54 – first track of the whole first set April Fool’s Day 1993 @ Nassau Coliseum)
--Another tale of desperate scoundrels on the run
"We used to play for silver, now we play for life
And one's for sport and one's for blood at the point of a knife
And now the die is shaken, now the die must fall
There ain't a winner in the game, he don't go home with all
Not with all"
Personal Story about this venue:
Went there with my brother Mike. We dressed in skeleton masks and full-body black cloaks…and wondered when we were profiled and stopped by the Nassau County PD.
Grateful Dead - Jack-A-Roe - 12/31/1980 - Oakland Auditorium (Official) (05:38)
--Jerry telling the tale of mistaken identity and the power of true love to bring a man back to life…
…this sure applies to ME…I married up!!! Thanks, Eileen for 44+
Re: the cannon balls lyrics...
Blowing In The Wind (Live On TV, March 1963) (02:35)
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