31 Days of the Dead 2020

1977 – it was a very good year.

I do this every July. It’s basically the 31 live Grateful Dead songs I listened to most throughout the year (thank you Spotify for this year’s metrics).

There are widely-circulated playlists entitled ‘30 Days of Dead’ or ‘My 30 Trips Around the Sun’ – so why did I choose 31? The fact that the numerology number 31 represents practical, yet creative, energy is one reason. Further:

  • One extra Grateful Dead jam is always better than one less, and on that I think we can all agree, yes?
  • Oh, and what’s a Grateful Dead show without an encore? This year’s encore is an incendiary version of Morning Dew from Dick’s Picks 3. So you actually get 32 songs and 4.5 hours of live Dead. But back to the number jigamabob.
  • 31 indicates that the events and circumstances of a person’s life have a preponderance of things practical, or the opportunities to creatively make things practical.
  • It also means the person is likely to have a good sense of what’s right, is both pragmatic and creative, probably is honest and conscientious, and is certainly sincere.
  • 31 is practical. It’s dependable. It’s methodical. It follows rules, and exercises better judgment.
  • For 31, accuracy is important. As is security.
  • I’m a 31, having been born on the 31st day of the 3rd month of the year 1964. My numerology number is 9, (3+1 = 4, 4+3 = 7, 1+9+6+4 = 20 = 2+0 = 2: 4+3+2= 9) and 9 represents meditation and thought. 9 is also the only number I have ever worn while playing sports except 31. And finally, 31+9 = 40 = 4+0 = 4 which is, you guessed it, the sum of the numbers 3 and 1.

If you are a fan, play along. If not, move along. Simple decisions are the best and if you don’t like us we don’t want you hanging here anyway.

If you want to listen, click this link-thingy here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6TfHNaocXGU0jWDYEOc5dO?si=Be-LxMTcQd6YcGvoRCj5gQ and if you have Spotify it will open for you.

Caveat Emptor: Not all songs are mixed equally so quality and volume changes. You’re ok with that though.

I said you’re ok with that.

One last note: Bird Song is included in every iteration, every year, as a dedication to Sue.

“all I know is something like a bird within her sang. all I know she sang a little while and then flew on.”
  1. Bertha (Fillmore East, New York City, NY, 1971)
  2. Big Railroad Blues (Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfurt, Germany, 1972)
  3. The Music Never Stopped (Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA, 1975)
  4. Mr. Charlie (Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, Lancashire, England, 1972)
  5. Brown-Eyed Women (Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1977)
  6. Peggy-O (Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 1980)
  7. When I Paint My Masterpiece (Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY, 1990)
  8. Desolation Row (Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY, 1990)
  9. Scarlet Begonias (Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca , NY, 1977)
  10. Fire On The Mountain (Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1977)
  11. Deep Elem Blues (Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland FL, 1980)
  12. Me & My Uncle (Winterland Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1978)
  13. Big River (Winterland Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1978)
  14. Cumberland Blues (Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA, 1988)
  15. Help On The Way > Slipnot > Franklin’s Tower (Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 1990)
  16. St. Stephen (Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA, 1969)
  17. Bird Song (Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA 1989)
  18. Althea (Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, 1980)
  19. Cassidy (The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, 1988)
  20. Dire Wolf (Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1980)
  21. Jack Straw (UCSB Stadium, Santa Barbara, CA, 1978)
  22. China Cat > Sunflower (The Omni, Atlanta, GA, 1990)
  23. Sugaree (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, 1980)
  24. Dancing In The Street (Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1977)
  25. The Wheel (The Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1976)
  26. Playing In The Band (Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT, 1990)
  27. One More Saturday Night (Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY, 1990)
  28. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Sullivan Stadium, Foxboro, MA, 1989)
  29. Deal (Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA, 1980)
  30. Sugar Magnolia > Sunshine Daydream (Jahrhundert Halle, Frankfort, Germany, 1972)
  31. Not Fade Away > Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad (Manhattan Center, New York, NY, 1971)

Encore: (Walk Me Out in the) Morning Dew (Hollywood Sportatorium, Pembrooke Pines, FL, 1977)

Published by Michael Canter

I love music, particularly indie music. It's a bittersweet affair that has been equally fun and soul-crushing, but I couldn't live without it. Personally, I'm a Deadhead, but my passion for all music styles is unparalleled. If I like you I will let you call me Mickey. If you look hard enough, you'll find me at SXSW every year.

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