Hi, I'm Paticus , and I'm a Brent Mydland fan.
Phew. I said it.
And you k now what ? I feel better. It's like a great weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.
"I'M A BRENT MYDLAND FAN !!!!!!!!!"
The sky didn't tumble, the seas didn't boil...The disembodied ghosts of PigPen and Keith did not tear me limb from limb.
Okay, I'm being a bit over dramatic, but in some circles, I definitely got the vibe that I was breaking some sort of unspoken rule, Thou shalt not appreciate Brent- for he certainly is no PigPen.
Well of course he's not, nobody is. Pig was a great bluesman, great singer, great keyboard player. But I submit that Brent was a great singer/keyboard player as well. Maybe not better than Pig, but perhaps in the different but equal category ?
I think part of my affinity for Brent is that he was behind the keys when I got into the band. So he was part of the Grateful Dead that I "knew" so to speak. Sure, I heard Pig and Keith and TC, but I got to "see" Brent. It makes a difference.
Of course, I got to see Vince as well, but I never really connected to Vince. and I didn't care for Vince's tunes, either, I hate to say.
I love most of Brent's tunes. Especially "Don't Need Love" and "Gentlemen, Start Your Engines". I know the latter is a song that a lot of Heads don't like. Apparently, it is too dark. It's dark, but I don't see anything wrong with dark. "New Speedway Boogie" is dark, that's a great tune, too. I also just love Barlow's explanation of "Gentlemen", I am paraphrasing, but he essentially talks of that point in a night of drinking, when most people will say"I've had enough, time to go home", but there a some folks who say "gentlemen, start your engines". I guess that is kinda dark.
I can even say that I don't hate "Tons Of Steel". I know that that one ranks up there with "Keep You day Job" and "Money Money" for the most hated Dead tunes of all time.
Okay, I think I have said my piece.