Grateful Dead-Estimated Prophet / Shakedown Street / Fire On The Mountain/ Sugar Magnolia-11/24/1978

May 12, 2017 9:40 pm Published by 2 Comments

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“Rhythm guitarist Bob Weir‘s “Estimated Prophet” was written in septuple time. His lyrics for the song (finished with writing partner John Barlow) examine a character’s delusions of grandeur and California’s propensity for false prophets. The song also quotes “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel“.[10][11] Drummer Bill Kreutzmann said “It’s a great song but when [Weir] brought it to us, something was off. It needed a groove. It was in quick 7
but it didn’t swing. Yet. For my homework that night, I combined two fast sevens and played half-time over it. The two sevens brought the time around to an even number – the phrasing is in two bars of seven, so technically the time signature is in 14
. But that’s getting technical. In layman’s terms, ‘Estimated Prophet’ suddenly grooved.”[9]
All Text from the WIKIPEDIA, the Free Encyclopedia

I just LOVE this song!  Of course I’m posting all my favorite music.  But “Estimated Prophet” and “Sugaree” are my 2 all time favorites.



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