Wow. I just found this video, and it makes me both sorta happy and depressed at the same time. Give it a look(and listen) and then meet me below...
Again...Wow.So much of this video is so depressing, I'm sorry to say. Jerry looks terrible. Watching this video, I am honestly surprised that he lasted another month.He looks so frail and OLD in this.But then, from about the 8:24 point on, when he just starts wailing...I find that incredibly powerful, and uplifting in some weird way.
I love this song, and love this version of it, perhaps BECAUSE it makes me feel such a wide range of emotions, as so much of the GD music does, I don't know.
Honestly, I think my feelings about this are summed up really well by Mr. Eric Pooley's essay in the "So Many Roads" box set. It was titled "Red and White, Blue Suede Shoes", and this section he's talking about the last few years:
"...Now they seemed sweeter and deeper,perhaps because they were unfolding on borrowed time(aren't we all?), perhaps because I was older and the good times were harder to come by. But I cheered for Jerry when his fragile voice nailed the high notes on "Morning Dew", and I cheered when he missed. And, after a few more years of real power, when his health declined and his energy dwindled, the stakes became enormous. His courage was something to see."- Eric Pooley,"Red and White,Blue Suede Shoes"
I don't know if any of this makes any sense at all, but I just caught the video on YouTube, and I had a strong reaction to it, and I wanted to write that down. So, if you watched the video and read this, Thanks.