Another Chart Topper for The Grateful Dead

It's not a common occurrence, but it's a cool one.

Anyone familiar with the Grateful Dead knows that topping charts was not a goal of the band. They only had six songs make it to the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and out of their 100 albums, 43 made it to the Billboard 200. That's still quite an impressive feat, as is making that many albums in the first place, but they never had a #1 song, much to the disbelief of many people.

The Dead's top performing song was, of course, "Touch of Grey," which made it to #6 in 1987, but now Dave’s Picks, Vol. 40: Deer Creek Music Center is at No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart, which is pretty exciting. It's the highest ranking of a Grateful Dead album since 1987. Again, it's not the in spirit of the Dead to seek rankings and numbers over feelings, but it's still a nice little piece of validation and it's too bad Jerry Garcia isn't here to see it.

Which albums or songs do you think should've done better in the charts? Which ones were totally robbed? Share your thoughts in the chat.

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Limited Edition Nison Watch Features Grateful Dead

Dancing bear watches are here!

Telling the time really doesn't seem like an activity I'd ever associate with the Dead, to be honest. A band that totally disregarded their time at Woodstock, shoving CCR to the next spot well after nighttime, on a timepiece? It makes me laugh more than anything. But now that I've seen the designs that the new Nison watch featuring the Grateful Dead look like, I can't not love them. They are SO cute.

The rainbow of dancing bears is just adorable. I love how detailed they are, and how the combination of functionality and style blend so well. I'm not a watch wearer but I could see fans who do wear watches really liking this design especially.

What do you think of the new watches? Are there any other great Grateful Dead products out right now that you love? Share your thoughts in the chat.

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Grateful Dead Holiday Ornaments

What have you found over the years?

Although the holidays are months away, it's a good time to get started on shopping and preparation early, especially since the post office is slowing down on deliveries again. It's been a while since I've looked at Grateful Dead ornaments but this year's selection is pretty cool from what I've seen so far.

There are several dancing bear ornaments that I've seen around, and while this shape is my favorite, it's nice that this one has a personalization option. Then there's the Jerry Garcia as Santa ornament, which I'm completely in love with. It's absolutely adorable and so Jerry. Then there are these incredible dancing bears lights which I think we all need, and maybe all of the time--not just for the holidays.

What other fun Grateful Dead ornaments, lights and other decorations have you seen? Share them in the chat. 

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Songs That Make You Happy

What songs would you add?

Scientifically, there are different types of songs and musical chords that give us certain feelings. Several specific songs have even been identified that provide us with "musical chills" and feelings of happiness. This is definitely true for me. There are many songs that give me these feelings. Back in high school and college, I often cried while singing from connecting to the music so much.

Here are some classical songs that science says will help stimulate dopamine production in our brains--something that, let's be honest, we could all use a bit more of these days, especially if it's in a healthy way. While all of these songs are beautiful and make me happy while listening to them, there are plenty of other songs that aren't classical that fit the bill, including some by the Dead.

Honestly I can think of a bunch of songs that do this for me, whether it's "Touch of Grey" or something totally different, like Blackstreet's "No Diggity." I'm sure the same is true for many people. 

How about you? What songs give you similar feelings? Share your favorite dopamine-inducing songs in the chat.

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New Grateful Dead Apron Collection Is Everything

Move Over, Dancing Bear Bobble Heads!

Every time there are new Dancing Bear bobbleheads or anything similarly cute, I tend to freak out over it. Why wouldn't I? They are adorable. Well say hello to something that may be even cuter: these Deadhead aprons! They are incredibly awesome and I wish I had them both. They do feature the Dancing Bears pattern and Hedley & Bennet is behind the design.

At $105 they are much higher than I would normally spend for an apron but wow, they look perfect to make art in. Sure, they are meant for kitchen use, complete with big pockets and "slightly stretchy" fabric, but don't they look like they're begging to be used when you paint, or is it just me? 

What do you think of the aprons? Have you ever seen anything like them? Share your thoughts in the chat.

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New Skull and Roses Collectible

Celebrate This Deadhead Anniversary!

It's the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's first live album! What a cool milestone. Congratulations! To celebrate this big event, a new collectible has been released. I know I say this all the time, but this may be the coolest one I've ever seen.

This collectible is of the skull and roses variety, but it's a singing skeleton on a stand (it doesn't really sing; it's a figure posed as if it is singing) holding a rose as a microphone. It's commplete with a crown of roses and I think we all pretty much need it. In the spirit of the anniversary, the figurine is a limited edition, with only 1,971 of them available, so get it while it's here!

What other cool Grateful Dead finds have you run across this week? Share them in the chat.

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Rest in Peace, Bob Matthews

Grateful Dead Sound Engineer Passes Away

He was known as Grateful Dead's "first roadie," and worked as the band's sound engineer. He passed away on September 25, 2021.

Bob Matthews was family to the Grateful dead. Bob Weir recalls that he not only played in the old jug band but he offered the home of his family to the band for rehearsals. Mattews wasn't paid much as the band's first employee but he eventually became the band's sound manager and recordist. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Do you know of any great stories or have memories about Bob Matthews? Share them in the chat. 

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Grateful Dead PJs

Of course they're available!

It's so funny. Every year when I look for Grateful Dead swag for a friend's birthday, I get a new idea and wonder, "Do they even make those?" Of course they do. This year I thought about buying him some Deadhead pajamas and thought that I'd never seen any before. After searching I was happy to see that there are plenty of designs being sold right now!

Pajamagram sells them, and so does American Eagle, Hanna Anderson and plenty of other stores. The cuter ones are, of course, sold by indie businesses who make them by hand. The cost more but boy are they better looking! Have you noticed that lately? Even going to the store to browse Halloween decorations just isn't as fun as looking at whatever they're coming up with on Etsy. All of these super cute, custom designs have me ruined.

Have you found any fantastic Grateful Dead pajamas anywhere lately? Share them in the chat!

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Dead & Company Coming to St. Louis

Will you be going?

When I learned that Dead & Company is going to be in my hometown, I had mixed feelings. I'd love to go but I'm avoiding crowds, even with my vaccination, so I'll have to catch them another time. That said, if anyone wants to attend the show on September 13 at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, you should know that they are requiring health checks to help maintain safety as much as possible.

Tickets are on sale now, and as someone who's been to this venue many times, I can vouch for the spaciousness. It's outside and I hightly suggest getting a lawn seat and bringing enough blankets so you're spaced out away from others. There are seats beneath the pavilion, but they are very close together. 

How are you staying safe if you are attending crowded events? Share your tips in the chat. If you go to the show be sure to let us know how it went!

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Dead & Co at Boston Music Center

Are you going to concerts?

More and more bands are having concerts as they are vaccinated or as restrictions are lifted and many of us have conflicted feelings. As much as we miss going to concerts, we're still wary of crowds, especially if it means exposing loved ones to germs. When events are distanced and outdoors, it does make them seem safer, but it's still a gray area that most of us don't know how to best answer.

It's a difficult road to navigate, especially when peoples' livelihoods are on the line. Bands like Dead & Company are playing live again, entertaining their fans with their music in places like Boston Music Center like they did this past week. It's heartening to see music venues like Boston Music Center require a vaccination record or proof of a negative test in order to be admitted.

Will you be going to any Dead & Company or other concernts this year? Where will you be going?

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