It was one year ago today that Grateful Dead leader Jerry
Garcia died. Garcia was one of the most inventive improvisatory guitarists of
the past 30 years. His distinctive, crystalline sound was a key element that
defined the Dead, as was his singing voice. Garcia and Robert Hunter co-wrote
many of the group's best songs. Somehow, though, none of that quite seems to do
justice to the man who was once known as Captain Trips. A moment of silence, in
memory of Jerry, is certainly called for during your busy day.