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Drop the Bone

by David Gans

Literate, improvisational folk-rock, with looping
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Life Is a Jam
11:27 $0.99
2. Be Like Earl
2:54 $0.99
3. Summer by the Bay
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4. River and Drown
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5. Pleased to Meet You, Pt. 2
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6. Your Movie
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7. That Strain We Like
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8. Box of Rain
7:54 $0.99
9. Pancho and Lefty
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10. Quarter to Five (For Tina Loney)
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11. Here Comes the Sun
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Album Notes
Drop the Bone is a phrase I learned from my late business manager and spiritual advisor, Carolyn “Goldie” Rush – to whom this record is dedicated. It was great advice: “Stop gnawing on your troubles all the time. Get your shit together and get on with it.”
I met Goldie in the late ‘70s, when she was a partner in a management business called Organizational Common Sense. Bob Weir was one of her clients, and Jon McIntire was one of her closest friends as well as the manager of the Bob Weir Band at the time. We became friends over the course of a few years.

When a series of accidents led me to incorporate (as Truth and Fun, Inc.) in order to enter a contract with Grateful Dead Productions to produce and distribute the Grateful Dead Hour, GDP required that I hire Goldie to manage the business (ands keep an eye on me for them). I was happy to oblige, and Goldie ran my business until her death in the spring of 2005.
Dealing with the Grateful Dead wasn’t always easy nor pleasant, and Goldie talked me down from a number of rages and/or depressions over the course of our friendship. I have always referred to her as “my business manager and spiritual advisor.” She protected my business and my heart, and I still think about her every day.

Our mutual friend Vi©kisa made a painting titled “Goldie says Drop the Bone,” which I bought from her with the idea of eventually using it to illustrate a song called “Drop the Bone.”

A few years ago I proposed to Peter Rowan - who also was a good friend of Goldie’s – that we write “Drop the Bone” together. I’ve been a huge fan of his songwriting for decades, and I figured his spirituality and our shared love of our late friend would lead to a satisfying result. We worked on it in a hotel room in Ohio, and we had a couple more sessions at Pete’s house, and then our separate travels prevented more in-person collaboration.

Some time later, I got a message from Peter’s manager asking for my publishing info. Peter had finished “Drop the Bone” and had recorded it and was planning to release it on an album titled The Old School. This version of the song was not at all what I had in mind, but I like it just fine and I am honored to have a collaboration with Peter Rowan on my discography!

I still haven’t managed to write a song that does justice to Goldie’s profound advice, but I worked the phrase “Drop the Bone” into another song – “Summer By the Bay” – which is on this new record. And we have the wonderful painting by Vi@kisa, which illustrates Goldie’s idea very well indeed.

Two other departed friends are woven into this music:

TINA LONEY, namesake of the loop instrumental “Quarter to Five,” is one of the first friends I made when I joined the online community The WELL (well.com, still my online home after 30+ years). We helped each other through some tough times and built a friendship of such strength that when I met my future wife, Rita Hurault, it was Tina’s approval I sought. She was the “best man” at my wedding in 1994. I was working on this loop instrumental (which began as an improvisation) in 2006, while Tina was dying of cancer, and I put a lot of my emotions into the work. I was able to play it for her before she passed, and I also had the opportunity to express my love and gratitude for her friendship at that time. I dedicate “Quarter to Five” to Tina as a way of keeping her with me through life.

EARL CRABB was one of a kind. I met him in The WELL, too. He was involved in large-scale software projects (computer people and Deadheads were major feeders of the WELL population in the early days), and was a photographer and a philanthropist and a connector of people. As the song says, Earl’s life was overstuffed with stories and friends and joie de vivre. He was deeply entwined in the folk scene of the ‘60s and was close friends with Geoff Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, the Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band, and many others. He died in 2015 after a long battle with cancer. I was out of town on the day of Earl’s tribute concert at the Freight and Salvage; the germ of “Be Like Earl” came to me on the day of that event. Look him up online: humbead.com



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