Paul McCartney Concert

IMG_4719On August 7th, 2016, we travelled to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, to see Paul McCartney and his band as part of their One on One tour. Since I’ve been wanting to see a member of the Beatles since I was 10 years old, I knew that the concert would be an unforgettable experience.

After waiting for over an hour for the show to begin, the lights finally dimmed and the band appeared on stage amidst loud applause from the tens of thousands of fans in attendance. As soon as the first song began, I knew that Paul’s band was up to the task of playing such iconic songs as A Hard Day’s Night, Something, and Fool on the Hill. Each of the members did a great job of making each of the songs sound exactly like the studio version, especially the keyboardist, who had the difficult challenge of replicating the various orchestral parts of songs like Eleanor Rigby, as well as the bizarre cacophony of songs such as Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite. I was amazed at how perfect the instruments and vocals sounded, especially Paul’s, who sounded very good for being 74 years old.

My personal highlights of the show were Foxy Lady (a tribute to Jimi Hendrix), Let it Be, Hey Jude, Live and Let Die, and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End. Live and Let Die was definitely the most visually stunning, with a large fireworks display and blazing fire effects on the stage near the end which dazzled everyone in the audience. Hey Jude was also an amazing spectacle, as it had everyone in attendance singing along to the famous outro. I also learned many new songs that I had never heard before, mostly written during his time with Wings.

After a lengthy encore, the band had finally finished their concert, which concluded with nearly 40 songs in a diverse setlist which included several unexpected surprises. Overall I would rank this concert amongst my favorites of the summer, and would recommend it to any fan of the Beatles or Wings.



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Big Bang 2016 Conference: Animal Kingdom

13827329_1808532712700147_1002467334_nOn July 26, 2016, I travelled to Orlando, Florida, to participate in Big Picture Learning’s Big Bang 2016 conference. As a part of the conference, I signed up for one of the leaving to learn workshop sessions and was able to go on a “behind the scenes” tour of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The tour also included several areas that aren’t accessible to the public.
After our group arrived at Animal Kingdom and went through security, we met our tour guide, Matthew, and began the tour. One of the first things we did was travel to the “African safari” area where we saw many different species of African wildlife as we travelled through the seemingly wild area. Although it was obvious that all of the elements of the exhibit were contained so that nothing escaped, I found it hard to believe that we were really inside of a zoo. If I didn’t know any better, I would say that we had been teleported into a pristine section of the African savanna fit for an article in National Geographic. All of the animals that were visible were also breathtaking, such as elephants, antelope, and zebras, amongst many others.
Once we had completed the safari, we walked through a door that led to an employees only zone where we were taken to several buildings devoted to animal care. The first of the buildings was where the elephants were brought to be fed and cleaned.
After watching an elephant being sprayed with a hose for a few minutes, we quickly departed to the aviary, where many different species of endangered birds are kept. Here we learned about birds such as the Guam Kingfisher. Even though the bird is totally extinct in the wild, dozens were captured before the species was wiped out and distributed around the world. The aviary at Animal Kingdom contains several Guam Kingfishers, and the staff there are trying to help replenish their numbers.
The final destination of our tour was a large kitchen where animal “chefs” prepared food for all of the different species contained in Animal Kingdom. One very interesting fact that I learned is that Disney owns the different recipes that it feeds its animals, so if other zoos want to feed their animals the same food, they can have it shipped from the same kitchen that the Animal Kingdom food is made.
Now that we had a good idea of what went on behind the scenes at Animal Kingdom, we decided to eat lunch in the Africa section. After we finished our food, we quickly ran to the small theater where the Lion King show was about to begin. The show was easily one of the highlights of the trip for me. Although it’s hard to describe without spoiling it for anyone who wishes to see it, I can say that there was lots of dancing, acrobatics, and giant mechanical animals singing along to the music.
400007444560For the finale of our trip, we went on Expedition Everest, the only roller coaster in Animal Kingdom. Listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most expensive roller coaster, (at $100 million) it is definitely a sight to behold. The whole ride takes place on (and within) a huge man made model of Mount Everest, which will cause any potential riders to be scared immediately by the size of it, as well as the screams coming from inside the mountain. I would highly recommend that everyone travelling to Orlando goes on this ride, as it is an experience I’ll never forget.
Our visit to the Animal Kingdom was easily the highlight of the Big Bang 2016 conference, and I can’t wait to see what events are planned for the 2017 conference in St. Louis!

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Astronomy 101 Class Project


This paper summarizes the results of the semester project that I completed over the course of several weeks. It describes the details of the setup of my project, my analysis based on what I observed, and finally everything that I learned during the duration of the semester project.

Solar and Lunar Observations:
Naked Eye Astronomy

The Sun is the most important factor in human survival on Earth. Without it our planet would become a barren, lifeless, wasteland. With the Sun being such an instrumental part of our lives, it seems impossible that most people know very little about how it affects us. One of the most frequently questioned processes that the sun influences is the changing of the seasons. There are many myths and misconceptions that have circulated about the changing of the seasons, such as the idea that the Earth’s proximity to the Sun causes the seasons. However, the true reason for the changing of the seasons was discovered thousands of years ago by using an experiment similar to the one I have just conducted.
Ancient astronomers figured out that if the shadow was measured consistently, its length would change over time (Spekkens, 2015). They also realized that the change in the location of the Sun is responsible for the different seasons on Earth. Greek astronomers such as Aristotle were even able to calculate amazingly accurate statistics, like the diameter and circumference of the Earth, from the seemingly useless task of measuring different shadows. Although I didn’t do anything nearly as complex as the Greek astronomers, I did measure the shadow of a copper pole on my deck every few days and made a list of the lengths. Then, using a simple math equation, I was able to determine how much the elevation of the Sun changes over the course of a college semester. I also took notes of when the sun rose and set during the days that I measured the shadow and calculated the length of daylight in minutes.
Another frequently studied astronomical object in ancient times was the Moon. Many ancient civilizations relied heavily on the Moon’s phases in order to tell what time of year it was, and to know when to plant crops.
For my experiment, I recorded the phases of the Moon for several days, and calculated the Moon’s angle to the Sun as well. Similarly to my measurements of the Sun, I made notes on the moonrise each day that I observed the Moon.


Date Time Length of shadow (cm) Solar elevation (degrees) Sunrise Sunset Length of daylight (minutes)
3/6/2016 12:00 122 41.35 7:20AM 6:50PM 690
3/7/2016 12:10 118 42.3 7:18AM 6:52PM 694
3/8/2016 11:50 110 44.13 7:16AM 6:53PM 697
3/17/2016 11:54 107 45 7:01AM 7:03PM 722
3/19/2016 12:05 102 46.4 6:58AM 7:05PM 727
3/22/2016 11:51 101 46.67 6:53AM 7:09PM 736
3/25/2016 11:59 97 47.73 6:48AM 7:12PM 746
3/29/2016 11:44 94 48.74 6:41AM 7:16PM 757
3/30/2016 12:00 88 50.66 6:39AM 7:17PM 760
3/31/2016 12:10 85 51.56 6:38AM 7:18PM 762
4/5/2016 11:50 80 54.07 6:29AM 7:24PM 777
4/10/2016 11:50 77 54.27 6:21AM 7:29PM 790

Table 1: This table represents all of my Sun observations, including the date, time of measurement, length of the shadow, solar elevation, sunrise, sunset, and the length of daylight. Because most of the observations occurred during daylight savings time, I added an hour to the first three observations to make them match with the daylight savings time observations.

Date Time Weather Phase Moonrise Angle with Sun (degrees)
3/6/2016 1:00PM clear Waning crescent 4:35AM 40
3/8/2016 I couldn’t observe because it was a new moon clear New 5:58AM N/A
3/10/2016 2:30PM some clouds Waxing crescent 7:12AM 5
3/12/2016 3:00PM clear Waxing crescent 8:31AM 21
3/14/2016 3:00PM cloudy Waxing crescent 10:47AM 56
3/16/2016 2:15PM cloudy Waxing gibbous 12:31PM 88
3/18/2016 5:00PM clear Waxing gibbous 2:26PM 67
3/20/2016 7:20PM clear Waxing gibbous 4:25PM 23
3/22/2016 9:15PM some clouds Waxing gibbous 6:21PM 9
3/24/2016 10:40PM clear Full 8:15PM 23
3/26/2016 11:00PM cloudy Waning gibbous 10:22PM 56
3/28/2016 7:20AM clear Waning gibbous 12:00AM 79

Table 2: This table represents all of my Moon observations, including the date, time, weather, phase, moonrise, and angle with the Sun.


graph 1The change in solar elevation has a huge influence on the temperature of the Earth as well. As the Sun appears higher in the sky, the light being emitted from it has to pass through less of the Earth’s atmosphere before it reaches the surface, creating hotter temperatures.Obviously the most important piece of information that can be gleaned from this graph is that the elevation of the Sun increases as the date progresses toward the summer solstice. This also coincides with the changing of the seasons from winter to summer. The reason that the solar elevation changes so predictably each year is because of the axial tilt of the Earth relative to the Sun. As the Earth revolves around the Sun, different parts of the Earth receive direct sunlight at different parts of the year based on what angle the Sun is relative to the Earth.

My experiment shows that in just over a month, the solar elevation changed over 22 degrees, significantly more than I thought it would. I was also surprised that the elevation around the spring equinox was almost exactly 45 degrees.

The reason that the data on the graph appears to fluctuate at different rates is due to the irregular amount of days that passed between each time I checked the shadow. Cloudy days and scheduling conflicts led to days either being missed or inaccurate data being read. Although the dates on the graph appear to indicate that the shadow was measured every other day, this is not the case. The dates were automatically spaced evenly by the program I used to make the graph (Microsoft Excel) in order to keep the units in the horizontal axis advancing at a consistent rate.

graph 2

This graph shows how the length of daylight relates to the date. The line of this graph almost perfectly matches the trendline of the previous graph, which seems to indicate that the elevation of the Sun corresponds to the length of daylight. The length of daylight increased by about 5 minutes for every degree that the solar elevation increased. The length of daylight also steadily increased toward the summer equinox, just like the solar elevation.

The last objective of my semester project was to study the phases of the Moon. Contrary to what many people believe, the phases of the moon are not caused by the shadow of Earth, but by the angle of the Sun’s light hitting the Moon as it orbits the Earth. As I recorded the Moon phases, the Moon almost completed one full 27-day revolution around the Earth, giving me an opportunity to observe nearly all of its phases. I was able to observe the full and new phases, meaning that at the full phase the Sun was shining on the entire visible surface of the Moon, and at the new phase the Sun was shining on the opposite side of the Moon, causing the normally visible side to be dark. When I observed the Moon during its other phases, it was at different angles relative to the Sun, causing the visible and invisible sides of the Moon to be lit.

Overall, my observations of the Sun and Moon were successful, although I did encounter many problems with the weather. I learned many new details of the scientific process, such as working with data that may be incorrect, as well as carefully analyzing data and creating tables and graphs in order to better understand the trends and patterns I observed.
I also learned more about the changing of the seasons and the axial tilt of the Earth, as well as the phases of the Moon. Before this course I had a very limited understanding of how solar elevation affected the temperature on Earth, and I also had no idea why the Earth’s axis was tilted. It was extremely interesting to see the astronomical events that I have been reading about firsthand.
During the duration of this course I have learned many new facts about astronomy and the scientific process in general, mostly through this semester project.

Spekkens, Christine (2015) Who (and when) discovered that the earth’s axis is on a 23 degree tilt? Ask an Astronomer,



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Connecticut Science Center

On February 21st, my family and I decided to visit the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, a museum we had been planning to go to for years. After entering the very oddly shaped building (I was a little afraid of it collapsing while we were inside) we were astonished by the variety of different exhibits that we were able to visit.


Trying to out-smart the computer to launch the ball into the hoop.

The first room we visited was titled Forces in Motion. Some of my favorite parts of this gallery included a spot where visitors could test out their own handmade paper helicopters, a machine that could accurately throw balls through different shaped hoops, and a display where you could adjust the angle of the sail on two small boats to race them along a row of fans.

The next exhibit was titled Sight and Sound, and it was probably my favorite of them all. My favorite part of this exhibit (and the whole museum) was a long clear tube that caught our eye as we passed by.


See the sound wave?

Inside of the tube was thousands of small Styrofoam balls that were smaller than BB’s, and at the end of the tube was a large speaker. At first the strange device didn’t do anything, but after I turned a large knob near the speaker, it started to hum which caused the small balls to vibrate. As I adjusted the knob, the frequency of the speaker changed, which caused the balls to vibrate in different wavelength patterns. In this way, it was possible to “see the sound” by watching the balls vibrating in different patterns. My parents and I sat totally amazed for several minutes staring at the mysterious device.


Laser Harp

After viewing the sound wave machine, we tried playing a harp that had no strings in it, but used lasers instead. The affect was bizarre as the harp made noises when you strummed it but all you felt was air.

Once we finished those galleries, we were lucky enough to see their travelling exhibit titled, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion.  This display featured the ideas of da Vinci brought to life in dozens of scale or full size models based on his sketches. All of the large machines were made in Italy and were constructed with primitive tools such as the ones Leonardo himself might have used. The highlights of this room were the “tank” that Leonardo designed as a futuristic cannon armed military vehicle, a huge mortar that was aimed by turning a crank, and a saw operated by a wheel.


“Walking on Water” Invention

I had a great time at the Connecticut Science Center and learned many new facts about sound waves and the inventions of da Vinci, but I definitely wouldn’t have liked it as much if I hadn’t seen the da Vinci gallery, so anyone interested should visit before the exhibit closes!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoiler Free Review

star-wars-force-awakens-official-posterOn December 17, my family and I went to see the Star Wars: The Force Awakens preview at our local AMC theater. Although there were lots of people in the building, the lines moved quickly and we got great seats. Here I will attempt to summarize the experience without spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it.
From the second that the movie started, everyone in attendance was captured by the nostalgia of the music and the sight of the familiar opening crawl. Cheers and applause echoed from every corner as the Star Wars super-fans prepared to see the film they had waited so long to experience!
From the first scene of the film, I could tell that although I had no clue what was going on, the film leaned heavily toward the original movies instead of the Prequel Trilogy. The special effects seemed far superior to any of the previous films, or any movie I’ve ever seen for that matter. The acting was also phenomenal, as the characters seemed likeable (or villainous!) and didn’t act seriously enough to ruin the fun of the movie, while still soaring high above the atrocious dialogue of the Prequel Trilogy. The acting of Daisy Ridley and John Boyega was particularly good. I enjoyed seeing all of the new characters and alien species, as well as the characters returning from the original films. While the older characters supplemented the new ones well, I never felt like the movie rested on them too much and could’ve relied solely on the new actors. Overall, all of the elements of the movie were nearly perfect except the plot. Although it’s impossible for me to explain without spoiling the film, the plot did seem to have too many callbacks to the original movies. Several parts of the story seemed to be completely reused from the other films. While I personally enjoyed the plot, I can easily see how many people thought the storytelling was lazy.

I thought that the Force Awakens was a fantastic movie that exceeded my wildest expectations that were built up over years of hype. Since the preview, I was able to see the film two more times. I was able to pick up nuances in the film and understand the story better the other times. I would highly recommend that you see the movie at least twice to really enjoy it. There is so much to take in during the first viewing.

I would rate it a 9.6/10, and I really can’t see how the movie could’ve been much better. I suddenly can’t wait for the next movie in the franchise, and I’m sure the force will be with it as it was with this one!


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Benedict Arnold

Benedict_Arnold._Copy_of_engraving_by_H._B._Hall_after_John_Trumbull,_published_1879.,_1931_-_1932_-_NARA_-_532921.tifA name synonymous with treachery and treason, Benedict Arnold’s heroic efforts are remembered by few. Even fewer realize that without him the War of Independence could have been prolonged or even lost.

Born in Norwich, CT on January 14, 1741, Benedict was the second born son of a wealthy businessman. Although he was one of six children, only he and his younger sister Hannah lived past the age of 5. He served in the French and Indian war for 13 days, not even making it near the front lines.

After the war, he became an extremely successful businessman like his father. Many people from the period have commented on Arnold’s greed, with an officer named John Brown correctly asserting that “Money is the man’s God, and to get enough of it he would sacrifice his country.”

When war broke out against the British in 1775, Arnold became a captain in the Connecticut Militia. He participated in the opening battles at Lexington and Concord, as well as opposing the British in the Siege of Boston. After being promoted to Colonel, Arnold proposed an attack on Fort Ticonderoga, an action which many historians agree may have saved the revolutionaries from an early defeat. He then marched to Vermont where he arrived unannounced, to the surprise of folk-hero Ethan Allen. Arnold claimed that he was going to lead the expedition to capture the fort. However, Allen’s men refused to listen to Arnold, so Allen and Arnold came to an agreement that they would both be in charge of the attack. As history has shown, Arnold’s participation in the event has been nearly forgotten.

Following the attack at Ticonderoga, he marched north to Canada where he was involved in a series of unfortunate and humiliating defeats in Canada. In Quebec his leg was shattered by a British musket ball, and he was continuously beaten back south. He was promoted to Brigadier General for his noble actions in delaying the British advance. After several of his peers were promoted to Major General, Arnold was so furious that he attempted to resign, which was refused. Then he was finally promoted, but not given equal status to those who were promoted earlier, which caused him to resign again.

During the Battles of Saratoga (widely considered to be the turning point in the Revolution), Arnold was second in command to Major General Horatio Gates. After a huge argument and screaming match, Arnold was removed from command during the first battle. However, during the second battle, he suddenly appeared on the battlefield on his horse, directly defying the orders of Gates. Witnesses claim he was “Betraying great agitation and wrath.” In a charge that was almost stereotypically heroic and idealized, Arnold led his men to the British lines where they immediately decimated the British force and killed their commander. In one of the final volleys of the battle Arnold was shot in the leg and his horse was killed, which fell on top of his wounded leg, crushing it further.
After the battle, he was finally awarded seniority, which further enraged him as he considered it was an act of pity. Soon he began plotting to switch sides after marrying Peggy Shippen, a British sympathizer.

On August 3, 1780, he was given command of West Point. Arnold drew detailed sketches instructing the British on the best way to take the fort. He began planning secret meetings with John Andre, a British spy. However, when they finally met on September 21, the ship that Andre was to make his escape in, the HMS Vulture, was seriously damaged by cannons on the shore. It was forced to retreat, which forced Andre to make his escape overland. Arnold quickly wrote papers to assist Andre in getting past American guards. Two days into his journey, Andre approached a group of Americans in the road. One of them was wearing a Hessian coat (Hessians were German mercenaries hired by the British), and he thought that they were a British patrol. After telling his entire story to them, he was informed that they were in fact not British but Americans, and that he was now their prisoner. The papers found on Andre confirmed that Arnold was a traitor, and were immediately sent to George Washington. Arnold hastily grabbed his belongings and left his wife and child behind as he raced to a barge and paid the men aboard to row him to the Vulture. Although Arnold escaped, Andre was taken into custody and hanged on October 2.


Fort Griswold – 2013

His military career for the British was rather lackluster. First he pillaged Virginia, burning fields and houses and razing everything in sight. The local militia drove him off however, and he went north to attack Connecticut. He led a vicious attack on New London, CT where his men destroyed the port and then captured Fort Griswold. After the capture of the fort, the fort’s commander gave his sword to one of the British officers as an offer of peace, but was immediately stabbed to death by his own sword seconds later. Once the commander was killed, the British massacred 80 surrendered revolutionaries in the fort. The massacre caused the Americans to hate Arnold even more, and even his fellow British officers regarded him in low esteem until the war’s end.

Temporarily moving to London after the war, Arnold attempted to gain favor in various departments in the British government and military, to no avail. Many British people regarded him as a traitor who switched allegiances due to his insatiable greed. One British critic called him a “mean mercenary, who, having adopted a cause for the sake of plunder, quits it when convicted of that charge.”

By his late 50’s his health had worsened significantly due to his injuries sustained during the war and a host of other ailments. He died at the age sixty after four days of being completely delusional. He received no military honors at his funeral, and died greatly in debt.

Although Arnold was an extremely flawed man, his name is not worthy of the infamy it wallows in, as his contributions to the war on the American side were massive, while his impact while under the British flag was negligible.


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Dead & Company at Madison Square Garden

DCO_FINAL_LOGO_CMYK4On August 24, 2015, it was announced that original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir (guitar), Bill Kreutzmann (percussion), and Mickey Hart (percussion) would be touring with newcomers John Mayer (guitar), Oteil Burbridge (bass), and Jeff Chimenti (keyboard) under the name Dead and Company. As soon as we heard that they would be playing at Madison Square Garden, we immediately bought tickets for my father and I to go see them. Although critics and fans alike were extremely skeptical that Mayer would fail to top the high expectations that people had set for him, we tried to go into the concert with an open mind.

On November 1st, the day of the concert finally arrived and we boarded the train for New York City. By the time we had gotten inside I could hardly contain my excitement as we watched the massive room fill with people. When the lights were first turned off it was nearly filled to capacity with cheering fans who were anxiously awaiting the first song. As soon as the distinctive sounding drum solo kicked off a massive round of applause from the audience, everyone knew that they were beginning the concert with “Samson and Delilah”. Even though I don’t particularly like the song, it was a great choice to start off with. The drums in particular seemed especially up to par, a trait which (thankfully) carried on throughout the concert. For their second song, they performed “Minglewood Blues”, one of two songs I had never heard before. The bluesy guitar perfectly suited the style of John Mayer who performed it very well. The keyboard also shined during this song. Next up was “Bertha”, the first song to showcase John Mayer’s vocal talents. The results were stunning, and the song easily made it into my top five favorites of the night. Nearly everyone in attendance was singing along to the highly catchy chorus and enjoying the extremely Dead-esque guitar licks. After a fancy fade-out of “Bertha”, they immediately jumped into “Sugaree”, a song that seemed to be made for Mayer’s voice and guitar playing. With a hefty 15 minute long runtime, “Sugaree” was definitely a crowd favorite!

dead-and-company-john-mayer-nyc-msg-2015-billboard-02-650By the 40 minute mark, Mayer had begun his last solo vocal performance in the form of “Friend of the Devil”, an immensely popular song from the American Beauty album, which describes the flight of an outlaw avoiding a long jail sentence in the Wild West. Chimenti played the piano very admirably during this song and received loud applause when his abilities were highlighted. After the 10 minute long song reached completion, they played “Crazy Fingers”, a song which I didn’t care for. Although it wasn’t bad, it did seem relatively slow and the energy of the crowd lowered significantly. The lower energy provided a sharp contrast to the unbelievably intense cheering as they began to play “Uncle John’s Band”, which was definitely a contender for the best moment of the concert. Mayer and Weir sang the song admirably, and all of the instruments worked in perfect unison. The consistent sound of the organ in the background created a whimsical and happy feeling, and the cheery guitar lifted the spirits of everyone. Nearly everyone was on their feet during the tremendously delivered song, which rivaled the studio version in many ways for me.

IMG_2566After intermission, they began anew with the extremely popular combination of “Scarlet Begonias” and “Fire on the Mountain”, which generated lots of applause. After 20 minutes of the two songs, they began “Shakedown Street”, which sent the audience into the greatest frenzy of the night. The very distinctive guitar was accompanied by stellar vocals from Weir and Mayer. The bass and drums also got some time to shine during this performance. After a 7 minute long jam, they began the popular 60’s tune titled “Dark Star”. Weir delivered the best singing I’ve heard in any recordings from the last decade, which caused loud cheering and enthusiasm from everyone. One particularly lengthy held note stunned everyone and caused a surreal feeling to pass over the whole building. The keyboard was also chirping out strange tones and sound effects which added to the psychedelic 60’s atmosphere. “Drums” and “Space” were fun to listen too, even though they aren’t meant to be fantastic crowd pleasers. The two songs seemed far improved from the 80’s, with their running times adjusted to be less boredom inducing, and more instruments thrown into the mix to keep it interesting. After “Drums” and “Space” came “Wharf Rat”, an intensely emotional song sung exclusively by Weir. Everyone was definitely impressed by the soulful voice which seemed even more poignant coming from the far older (and seemingly wise and sage-like) Weir. “Wharf Rat” was followed by a quick reprise of “Playing in the Band” which was played at Albany on October 29th. Although short, it was still fun to hear a little snippet of the song. The last song was “Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad”, a song which I didn’t know but nonetheless enjoyed. It essentially became a giant singalong as everyone pitched in and sang the catchy tune.

Finally came the encore. After several agonizing minutes of speculation, the song was revealed to be “Ripple”, a folksy tune well suited for the encore to a great concert. Mayer did a fantastic job of playing a song which normally has a mandolin lead, on his guitar. My only complaint was that it was too short, and I wished it could have just one more verse!

I’m very glad that I was able to attend the show, and was amazed at how far Dead and Company exceeded my expectations. I would highly encourage anyone who likes the Grateful Dead to buy tickets if they are touring near you, it was truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Click here for an audio link of the entire concert!


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