I got to thinking how the Dead sang about themes such as American love, loss, and heartbreak, and how this song is connected deep deep within our roots.
Elizabeth Cotten wrote the original Shake Sugaree. This woman knew how to sing and write the blues. She was a real southern church-goin' mama.
Here is a nice blog about Elizabeth Cotten.
She must've been connected in some way to the generations of African American women who followed the drinking gourd and had wisdom from their mamas and just by being connected to the earth.
Speaking of being connected to the earth, The Topsy Turvy Bus,
we have heard, plans to be in the lots for the 8/17/10 Phish show at Jones Beach theater. This will be a great time to learn what the Jewish Climate Change Campaign Tour was all about. Or maybe what Teva Learning Center is all about (shh...this visit to enlighten Jews and the world about caring for the earth is officially off the books and not really a Teva event...I mean, where is the bus even to be found on the home page? That's another story...) We could always chat with the folks about Eden Village Camp. Maybe we could give each other a hug. Or be nice. Or just Speak Nicely.
Here's a little history of the bus, with an interivew with Ben Cohen from Ben & Jerry's, at the end.
Or maybe, before the show, we can hang out in front of the bus and sing a good old fashioned hinay matov, arm in arm, camp-style.
Now if we could only beat-box like Matisyahu, we'd be golden..